|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||12.5 x 10.3 x 2.5 inches|
|Item model number||3681404|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||Limited Lifetime|
Wolfcraft 3681404 One-Hand Ratcheting Band Clamp
|Price:||$35.31 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details|
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I took up woodworking over the last year, and I recently had to assemble my first table. I'm not sure what I would have done without this clamp. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mike D.
I think this product works great except that it doesn't work for smaller boxes. I made a 6 1/2' box and I cant get it all the corners on and tighten because the body of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul F.
Works well and I love the one handed operation. It frees your other hand to be able to make any adjustments to the wood.Published 3 months ago by Bob P
I have 6 of these clamps and really like the way they function. Unfortunately, three of these have broken at the smallest cross sectional area on the handle. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ronald R. Humphrey