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    Plastic clamps and vices


    Are the more plastic-looking clamps and vices anywhere near as good as metallic clamps and vices? If not, how much of a gap is there in their quality and expected longevity?

    Asked by Everson on 5th Jul 2022
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    "Well this is a tricky one ... High quality clamps. (usually metal ones ) aren't cheap .. but comparing longevity wise .. it's very hard to damage it (steel clamps at least,when it comes to plastic one .. the brand will actually make a huge difference as the quality of the materials and build really shows ,moral of the story :metal all the way thru"

    Answered on 17th Jul 2022 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
    Connaught builders and joiners

    "All clamps have there limitations and dependant on the type of work your doing can have a bearing if your looking for something just to hold something in place whilst you get a fixing in. I would recommend the irwin quickie clamps blue plastic if you reverse the end caps round in the metal clamp bar you can also use for spreading items which you would be surprised not everyone is aware always use a price of timber if using metal clamps sash clamps etc as will prevent marring timber or materials hope this helps"

    Answered on 5th Jul 2022 - Member since Jun 2022 - report

    "Generally, plastic handle clamps with a metal connecting bar use a lever ratchet method to grip; they have a quick-release mechanism known as " speed clamps ". Cheaper makes will often work once or twice before the lower quality stopping pin breaks due to pressure.
    Better quality ones will last and are handy for small holding in place and lighter glueing jobs.
    For greater pressure clamping and also general use, all-metal clamps with an adjustable
    " threaded " more strong tightening arms are versatile and more durable. They come in all sizes to suit your needs."

    Answered on 5th Jul 2022 - Member since Mar 2019 - report

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