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Wolfcraft 3681404 One-Hand Ratcheting Band Clamp


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  • Ratcheting band Clamp ideal for gluing picture frames, furniture, shelves and other workpieces
  • Self-adjusting corners to hold various angles
  • Quick-retract band, and an encasement for the band so that it is protected and won't twist
  • 16-feet of strap accommodates all common projects
  • Encased band is protected and won't twist.
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Technical Details
Part Number 3681404
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions12.5 x 10.3 x 2.5 inches
Item model number3681404
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty DescriptionLimited Lifetime
  
Additional Information
ASINB000JCLNQ4
Best Sellers Rank #42,504 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 3, 2006
  
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The Wolfcraft Ratcheting Band Clamp is the ideal clamping aid for gluing picture frames, furniture, shelves and other workpieces. Featuring self-adjusting corners to hold various angles, and a true one-hand ratcheting, this tool makes clamping fast and easy. Other features include a quick-retract band encasement for the band so that it is protected and won't twist, and 16 feet of strap accomodates all common projects.

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The Wolfcraft Ratcheting Band Clamp is the ideal clamping aid for gluing picture frames, furniture, shelves and other workpieces. Featuring self-adjusting corners to hold various angles, and a true one-hand ratcheting, this tool makes clamping fast and easy. Other features include a quick-retract band encasement for the band so that it is protected and won't twist, and 16 feet of strap accomodates all common projects.Ratcheting band Clamp ideal for gluing picture frames, furniture, shelves and other workpiecesSelf-adjusting corners to hold various anglesQuick-retract band, and an encasement for the band so that it is protected and won't twist16-feet of strap accommodates all common projectsEncased band is protected and won't twist.

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Customer Reviews

It is very easy to use and well built.
Thomas G. Snead
When you push the button it unlocks the band, so you can spool out strap, reel in slack, or release tension when the band is tight.
DX Dude
I use this for gluing picture frames and it works perfectly.
Eileen Petersen

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Troy D. on June 11, 2012
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Hi folks:

I was a professional woodworker for about 15 years, specializing in furniture repair and refinishing. The last clamp like this I used was called a "jiffy clamp" which consisted of an all metal, aluminum corners, turnbuckles and cable. It was quite the contraption to get assembled, but did the job. Fast-forward about 25 years, and we have a mostly plastic Wolfcraft. Nothing against plastic, if it works well, and there are certainly plenty of high-impact plastic clamps that work well. Still, I have my doubts whether the ratcheting mechanism will last for the long haul, but guess that's just my bias towards plastic tools. The ratcheting part of this clamp is metal by the way.

My primary goal for this clamp is to assemble picture frames. I run a home-based business specializing in fine art reproduction, and then custom framing these days. While I have a $2500 under-pinner machine, I prefer to dry fit all of my frames to check for accuracy, and then glue them up before finally reinforcing with V-nails on the under-pinner machine.

It's certainly very easy to hold down the orange colored switch and pull out the nylon cable to length--very slick in fact! Since I am primarily using finished frames, I found that the plastic corners were kind of slippery, and would really prefer these were just a fixed 90°, although I know the company intends for them to be adjustable to increase versatility. It can be a little bit awkward if they go out of 90 to get them to stay put--again too slick. I suspect some rubberized shelf liner material glued to these would help with the slipperiness.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James P Lukaszka on July 10, 2009
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Bought these strap clamps a few days ago and Im very impressed with them. The clamps are basically a one hand operation. Press and hold the yellow button and the straps release or adjust to the size you need. Release the button and the straps lock to the size you need.

I own and used the MLCS 9012 Woodworking Exclusive Merle Multi-Corner Clamp for many years and it was always a work out.(Piece of junk after using the wolfcraft clamps.

Do your self a favor and buy these, it will save you time and wont be disappointed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James W. Gray Jr. on June 11, 2009
Clamping for me would usually involved interrupting my Wife or Son to come in and hold something in place while I wrangled clamps all over some project. As I tightened the bar clamps and then needed to make an adjustment and re-tighten. During this ordeal my victim would become increasingly impatient and agitated.

No longer!

I can depress a button and while holding down on the button release pull out a big lasso, drape a big lasso in a perimeter around the project -- put on the glue touch the button to auto reel in the belt which snugs up and helps hold it all together then using the handles squeeze ratchet that baby up tight. Glue squeezes out I have a 'baby wipe' ready and voila. Its the most elegant clamping solution I've run across. Its so fun I go around looking for excuses to use it like putting the squeeze on a watermelon. POP!!!! well maybe not.

Some people don't like the plastic corner pieces. I find with a slight twist of the wrist they come off and on very easy and help prevent glue from transferring to your belt. Don't want your belt to get glue all over it and get crusty and hard now do you? That may eventually have an effect on its retractability over time. (just a theory)

Take my advise If your going to get 1 get 2 and get high and low pressure coverage instead of just 1 band around the middle for those tall pieces that may have some bowing action going on, cause you left the wood sitting in a bad state for all those months, while your wife waited for you to do that honey do project.

PS This price is very good, I've seen them for $49 + shipping at many other sites.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Fan on August 12, 2011
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I've been using a similar version made by Bessey but recently a project required another band clamp. I decided to purchase the Wolfcraft to compare the two.

After using both of them, my go to band clamp will be the Wolfcraft.

It's easier to operate with the one hand click system compared to the Bessey's knob and handle system. With the Wolfcraft to retract the band you use one hand to click the band tighter. With the Bessey clamp you need to use the wheel knob first if you have a lot to retract then for the finer adjustments, the clamp like handle is used. Both of these require two hands. Additionally, the red plastic cover on the knob on the Bessey keeps coming off.

There's nothing really wrong with the Bessey except why pay more when this brand works just as well and in my opinion works a better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gizmo's mom on March 28, 2010
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Bought this for my husband. Last year I purchased the similar bessey clamp for him and he wanted another one so figured we would try this one since it was cheaper. He actually likes this one better. He says it is easy to use with just one hand. Nice clamp, now he doesn't use the bessey and wants another of these.
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