deals12" ratchet bar clamp/spreader for $1.99

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I picked some of these up a couple months ago on sale. Not bad for the price, certainly handy to have around. Intend to pick up a few more the next time I'm at HF.

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Reviews on HF site say these are very fragile.

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At this price.... they can be disposable.

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They aren't worth it. Either the handles break, or the plastic pivot shears off. I've returned 4 of them. A pair of irwins are a much better investment.

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Like @gallonoffuel I have bought several of these on sale. I use them during glue operations on that rare occasion. Despite relatively mild use, I have broken and replaced several. If you have a serious use in mind, get a more durable product.

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Not certain what the difference is, but mine are completely black, not the orange grips as shown here, and haven't had a single problem with them.

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I bought three of them - Actually attempted to use them to glue some wood together - with a little pressure they all three broke. The orange plastic will take no clamping pressure.

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One of the most cheaply made product HF sells. Trigger works on two plastic nubs that break off, and the heads snap off easily.

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@gallonoffuel: I would agree that the Irwin ones are much better (higher quality), but as @firebirdude mentioned, at this price, they're practically disposable.
You'll pay 5-7 times the cost of this for Irwin ones...maybe supplement a couple of Irwin's in for when you need a really strong grip?

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I agree, even at this price they arn't worth it...They break way to easily. go with another brand.

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I had three in my cart, but shipping would more than double the total.

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The only good that came out of it after it broke was that my 9 y/o nephew took it apart & used it as a toy gun.

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I have 2 different sizes, they've served their purpose.

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I agree with these being disposable, but when you are trying to glue something and your only clamps break, you're up a creek without a... clamp. Normally I happily buy HF stuff and have had fairly good luck, but these clamps are among the least reliable things I've purchased there.

The way I've learned, at least for the home hobbyist, is to buy your first of each type of tool at HF. Whatever breaks, go buy a good one that will last. Every one of my HF clamps broke within a the first two projects I used them on, so I went and bought a 4-pack of similar sized Irwins at Lowes for $15. Still not professional quality, but they are much, much better and have held up even to a little abuse.

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Shipping kinda kills the deal.
Other then that not bad, make sure to go through ebates if you have it for cash back.