|Part Number||QX4 Helping Hands Device|
|Item Weight||3.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||8 x 8 x 12 inches|
|Item model number||QH4|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Material||Powder Coated Steel|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
QuadHands Helping Hands Soldering Third Hand Tool | 4 Flexible Metal Arms Are Easy to Position | Rotating Stainless Steel Clamps | Made in USA - Professional Grade
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- Third hand? How about four extra helping hands with extra strong and flexible arms? With QuadHands you get 4 adjustable metal gooseneck arms with industrial strength, stainless steel, precision alligator clamps.
- 8 inch by 8 inch (8" x 8") powder coated steel base is heavy and extremely sturdy to ensure your workstation doesn't tip over or move an inch. Rubber lines the feet of the steel base to provide more stability and to protect your work space's surfaces from scratching and scuffing.
- The ultimate work bench vise for any professional or hobbyist who relies on perfect precision and stability - from engineers to artists. Use for any electronic, soldering, crafting, painting, replica, figurine and hobby work - or any precision project that requires extreme accuracy.
- QuadHands started as a necessity for our own in-house USA based manufacturing and engineering efforts. We're an American company, owned and operated right here in Charleston, South Carolina
- QuadHands rig now includes additional removable silicone coverings for extra protection while working on delicate objects such as microchips and other electronics.
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We are Alphidia and we started the QuadHands journey to make our lives easier. Originally designed for internal use in our USA based R&D design studio, QuadHands took off after we saw how life changing they were for us - both industrially at work and recreationally at home - QuadHands is perfect to use for soldering, painting, welding, crafting, miniature, replica, figurine work and more!
We needed a sturdy, well built helping hands device for use in our product development studio. The ones on the market we tried were flimsy, hard to adjust, and came with tiny bases that would tip over with anything but the smallest project mounted to them. Not QuadHands, we've got you covered with bases for any job and add-ons like magnetically attachable extra arms and LED-lit magnifying glasses to bring your helping hands to the next level!
Sturdy, Flexible, Steel Gooseneck Arms
We know what you're thinking..."these gooseneck arms look good but they won't hold, the weight will snap the tension string."...We expertly designed our goosenecks so that scenario WON'T happen. They're made of steel not plastic, and they're threaded down through the baseplate into the rubberized feet. That means they're extremely sturdy and extremely well supported.
**No Geese were harmed in the making of our Gooseneck Arms**
Rubber Feet for Unrivaled Stability
A helping hand product isn’t very helpful if it falls over. QuadHands' steel gooseneck arms run through its rubber feet for added support, balance, and stability. Never watch your hard work go crashing to the floor again! Our rubber feet also help protect your work surface from scratches.
Easy Adjustment Alligator Clamps
Each stainless steel alligator clamp can be adjusted to the exact position you want with the turn of your fingers. The thumb nuts can be loosened in seconds, without tools...but they tighten enough to stay in place no matter what they're holding. We've included 4 soft removable silicone clamp covers because so many of our customers use their QuadHands specifically for delicate microchip and electronics work.
|QuadHands Stationary Arms||QuadHands Moveable Magnetic Arms||QuadHands Deluxe with 5 Arms||QuadHands Jumbo with 6 Arms||QuadHands with Opening for Panavise Mount System|
|Weight||3.85 lbs||5.3 lbs||6.2 lbs||11.91 lbs||3.8 lbs|
|Base Dimension/Shape||8x8 inches, X-shaped base||9 x 6 inches, rectangular base||8.5 x 11 inches, rectangular base||11 x 17 inches, rectangular base||8 x 10 inches ovular base|
|Number of Arms Included||4||4||5||6||4|
|Arms/Connectors, Fixed or Magnetic?||Fixed||Magnetic||Magnetic||Magnetic||Magnetic|
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Enter "QuadHands Helping Hands" third-hand holding jig: WOW!!! It almost instantly turned the other three jigs I owned, into fishing weights.
At first sight in the ad, I'm thinking "...yeah, the 'plastic-segmented goose-neck' trick. The tension strings break and everything winds up on the floor...." NOT!! The consistently great reviews on this simple looking “contraption”, (as one reviewer called it), were too many to ignore, so I bought it.
“Quick list of highlights”:
*Solid steel construction and high quality materials/
*.270” (6.87 mm), thick & heavy steel base-plate/
*Easy to assemble with large no-slip rubber feet/
*High-quality gooseneck arms, (also steel)/
*High quality, unobtrusive, alligator clips that can be orientated and locked into position, (each with a pair of ‘soft-jaw’ sleeves)/
*Very well thought out, ingenious, design that makes incredibly reliable use of the ‘simplicity’ behind it!
Just as all the reviews will tell you; this jig is NOT cheaply made! It's made of real steel and even the gooseneck arms are comprised of steel. The weight of this jig is a very important factor to its success.
It's much heavier than it looks and much, much heavier than all of my previous jigs combined! That weight, (sorry, I don’t know exactly how heavy), isn’t all that keeps this jig in place. The four, large, rubber feet under the base add to this jigs immobility!
However, that's just the beginning; I mean, EVERYTHING about this jig is high quality, right down to the large, no-slip, rubber feet that attach under the thick steel jig plate.
As soon as I got it, I used it on a project that lasted 4 day, and the jig didn’t budge at any time while making an adjustment of the clips and/or goosenecks. Seriously, that jig stayed where I put it down and didn’t move until I wanted it to!
The alligator clips are not only of a high quality steel, they’re designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. Their jaws are long and narrow and have the ability to be adjusted and orientated for a precise position.
These clips by themselves prove that a lot of thought was put into this tool. Each clip is removable and each is kept in the orientation you select, by a locking thumbscrew at the collar.
Just loosen the thumbscrew, rotate the clip to the orientation you need, and lock the thumbscrew. It’s quick & easy to do and in the time it took me to write that last sentence, you could have completed the adjustment of all four clips that way.
In addition, each clip comes with a removable rubber sleeve, which slips over the upper and lower jaws. This means you can keep from scratching polished surfaces of jewelry or avoid an electrical short, (if the PCB is under power from a capacitor or two).
The four, large, no-slip, rubber feet have an undersized center hole. As a machinist and mechanical engineer, I’m sure this is NOT due to unforeseen ‘cooling-shrinkage’ (when the rubber feet are removed from the injection-mold).
The undersized through hole in the rubber foot acts as a locking nut and helps to keep the bolt from loosening as the arms are bent, turned, and twisted as you work.
It’s ridiculously simple yet incredibly ingenious idea and certainly cost effective. In my 25+ years of machine shop and manufacturing experience, I cannot remember seeing this great retainment design on any device with a similar mechanism.
I had to fight my urge to go on about how well I liked that idea, (which I’m sure many of you are happy to know)! This jig is filled with these ‘simple, cost-effective, approaches to the design, which is why we’re not paying twice as much as it would have cost otherwise!
Each rubber foot and gooseneck arm are held in place with a single, long bolt that is fed up through that ‘undersize hole' in the rubber foot. In fact, I recommend you ‘screw’ the bolt up through the rubber hole as if it was a threaded nut. The bolt is then pushed through a hole in the steel plate where it is screwed into the threaded hole of the gooseneck arm.
I obviously recommend this QuadHands jig to EVERYONE, hobbyist, and non-hobbyists alike. This jig can do something as simple as holding a spool of thread, or help in separating tangled line or wires, on to maneuvering a PCB filled with microelectronics that requires a lot of sensitive soldering.
The four, gooseneck arms, are strong and even stronger when they’re working together. This means that the jig can hold a size and weight that no other holding-jig in its class can hope to bear.
Mark Richards, (the founder of Alphidia LLC), may have even been the inventor/designer/engineer of this QuadHands jig. I don’t know if he is, but I can say that I’m truly impressed and actually surprised at how impressed I am over this jig’s design and quality. Mr. Richards, you hit ball right out of the park!
Thoughtfully designed, but my experience points to some quality control problems.
Update: Alphidia really is a great company, they sent me free silicon clamp covers for delicate work and the founder of the company reached out to make sure that everything was working and was happy with the product. Fantastic customer service and very nice folks. Highly recommend this product and company
Update: Using Quadhands to solder guitar patch cables, so much easier now. Using the silicon covers they sent, works great!