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TEKTON 39181 6-Inch by 2.5-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp and 12-Inch Spreader

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  • Super-Strong Nylon Jaw Assemblies
  • Trigger Action Applies Precise Clamping Force
  • Smooth, Silent, and Precise Ratcheting Action
  • Position Jaw Instantly Along Bar with Quick Release Button
  • Soft Jaw Pads will not Scratch or Mar Surfaces
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Size: 6 in.

Product Description

Size: 6 in.

Product Description

Made for carpentry, cabinetry and furniture projects, the TEKTON 6 in. Ratchet Bar Clamp / 12 in. Spreader applies precise, consistent pressure to hold workpieces together for gluing or assembly. Press the quick release button to freely position the jaw, then squeeze trigger to apply pressure. Once set, jaw is locked and will not creep. Soft jaw pads offer sure grip, but won't damage surfaces. When the job is finished, simply press the quick release button to let go of workpiece. If you need to push pieces apart or press them against outside surfaces, convert clamp to spreader by loosening wingnut and moving fixed jaw to the opposite end of bar.

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Continuous, trigger-operated ratchet action applies precise and consistent pressure (view larger).

Squeeze the trigger of the TEKTON 6-inch ratchet bar clamp/12-inch spreader and apply precise, consistent pressure to your gluing or assembly project.

Project Assembly

Made for carpentry, cabinetry and furniture projects, the TEKTON 6-inch ratchet bar clamp/12-inch spreader applies precise, consistent pressure to hold workpieces together for gluing or assembly.

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Push pieces apart or press them against outside surfaces using the spreader (view larger).

Easy Use

Press the quick release button to freely position the jaw, then squeeze trigger to apply pressure. Once set, jaw is locked and will not creep. Soft jaw pads offer sure grip, but won't damage surfaces. When the job is finished, simply press the quick release button to let go of workpiece.

Spreader

If you need to push pieces apart or press them against outside surfaces, convert clamp to spreader by loosening wingnut and moving fixed jaw to the opposite end of bar.

Always Guaranteed

Our philosophy: world-class support for the price of a tool. We want you to spend time on your project, not talking to us. So we strive to provide tools and support that consistently exceed expectations. If you need a replacement tool or part for your TEKTON product or have a product support question for us, simply call 888-648-3371 to reach a TEKTON support specialist in Grand Rapids, Michigan or email support@tektontools.com.

About TEKTON

In ancient Greece, a "tekton" was an artisan, a builder, a doer. Sound familiar? Whatever comes along, your instinct is to take it on. TEKTON hand tools are made for the serious tool user, who takes on life's projects with gusto, but without an unlimited budget. For the price of a basic hand tool, we provide well-designed tools and hassle-free support that consistently exceed expectations. What's more, we work hard every day to listen to your feedback to continually improve our products. Build it, fix it, remodel it, or restore it — whatever there is to do, pick up TEKTON and Take It On.

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39181 6-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp and 12-Inch Spreader

At a Glance
  • Continuous, trigger-operated ratchet action applies precise and consistent pressure
  • Press quick release button to freely slide jaw to any position
  • Strong reinforced nylon jaw assemblies
  • Soft jaw pads grip workpiece and protect surfaces from damage
  • Convert from clamp to spreader by placing fixed jaw on opposite end of bar

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Clamp Capacity 6 inches 6 inches 12 inches 18 inches 24 inches 30 inches 36 inches
Throat Depth 1-1/2 inches 2-1/2 inches 2-1/2 inches 2-1/2 inches 2-1/2 inches 2-1/2 inches 2-1/2 inches
Spreader Capacity 9 inches 12 inches 18 inches 24 inches 30 inches 36 inches 42 inches
Overall Length 9-3/4 inches 13 inches 18-7/8 inches 25 inches 30-7/8 inches 37-1/16 inches 43-1/16 inches
Jaw/Handle Assembly Nylon Nylon Nylon Nylon Nylon Nylon Nylon
Tension Bar Carbon steel Carbon steel Carbon steel Carbon steel Carbon steel Carbon steel Carbon steel

Product Information

Size:6 in.

Technical Details

Part Number 39181
Item Weight 12.8 ounces
Product Dimensions 13 x 8.1 x 1.5 inches
Item model number 39181
Size 6 in.
Item Package Quantity 1
Number Of Pieces 1
Warranty Description Always Guaranteed: support@tekton.com

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ASIN B000NPXJS2
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 473 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #34,680 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#29 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Clamps > Bar & Pipe Clamps > Bar Clamps
Shipping Weight 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available February 24, 2007

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Size: 6 in. Verified Purchase
I bought these to clamp a hickory side panel onto a newly installed cabinet while glue dried and they worked flawlessly. As the cabinet was already on the wall the ability to flip the jaws of one clamp and make it into a spreader ended up being a critical feature for me (see picture). The nylon pads on the jaws also work very well and maintain their position without marring the object being clamped.

Note that I also purchased Tekton's smaller "TEKTON 39180 6-Inch by 1.5-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp" which is extremely weak by comparison (the clamping mechanism would start slipping after only a small amount of pressure was applied). With these larger 2.5" / 39181 clamps you can apply much more pressure and they still stay completely rigid and maintain a solid grip.

I would guess that the Irwin's clamps may last longer based on my previous experience with their tools, however, as these are half the price but still seem to be high quality I would recommend you give Tekton a try.
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Size: Mini 6 in. Verified Purchase
Amazon offered these clamps as an add-on item for a few dollars, so I got two. I already have a stash of Jorgensen 4 1/2' micro clamps and Irwin 530062 micro bar clamps. All three are great clamps. What makes this TEKTON different is the unusual clamping mechanism. The "arm" moves rearward (i.e. toward the user) as it opens, which is exactly opposite the way the Irwin and Jorgensen work. Also, TEKTON uses a red thumb release vs. a finger release for the other two brands. I find the TEKTON configuration a bit goofy to use. I presume that they are trying to circumvent some patents. In any case, these clamps work fine for me, even though the design is unusual.

The TEKTON jaw pads are about the same size as the Irwins, and smaller than the Jorgensens. For what it's worth, I prefer the Irwin in terms of overall use, slightly ahead of the Jorgensens, but the Jorgensens offered a significant price advantage when I last purchased clamps. These TEKTONs work fine, too, but I find them awkward to use, because of their retro-dorsal design -I find myself tightening with my thumb rather than fingers. However, I have no problem recommending all 3 of them. They all work well, and the TEKTONs are the least expensive at least at Amazon's "add-on" price.
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Size: 36 in. Verified Purchase
I bought 2 and buying more. Just got 3 more and 1 doesn't work. The handle doesn't release. I opened it up and one of the metal pieces used to lock are getting stuck. The metal piece on top is either put in backwards or just too short. The handle is getting stuck because the metal is too short.
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Size: 36 in. Verified Purchase
In my opinion as an avid DIY homeowner, this is a great clamp and a good value for the price. Anyone reading this review probably understands that you can never have too many tools. Clamps are one of those tools that I just never seem to have enough of. Sooner or later, I will be working on a project where I don't have enough clamps to do the job properly.

This is not a heavy-duty clamp, but it is as solidly constructed as you would expect for this price. It will provide many years of service in my shop. The clamp performs exactly as it should - it slides easily, clamps easily with one hand, and provides sufficient clamping force for most of my DIY project needs. Often I do not need a heavy-duty clamp or even want one. This clamp is lightweight and easy to use, and it is a great addition to my tool collection.

My primary concern before purchasing this product was that it might turn out to be flimsy garbage. Now that I have used it for several weeks, I can tell you that it is a solid product. If you are looking for an affordable, easy to use, light to medium-duty clamp to add to your collection, this Tekton clamp will fit the bill.

UPDATE 1/29/15: I still stand by everything in my original review, however I have two additions to make. First, I noticed that the price on this clamp varies quite considerably, and my recommendation only applies if the price is < ~$15. Above that, this Tekton clamp quickly loses its value proposition. Second, for those who are looking for a more heavy-duty clamp, take a look at the Jorgensen HD line. They are built like tanks and priced VERY reasonably. Overall I consider them to be a much better value, however sometimes you actually want a lighter clamp or you want the quick "pump and release" clamp style vs. the slower screw style.
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Size: 30 in. Verified Purchase
I purchased 2 of the 24" ones, just to see how well they worked, I have been building "Heirloom Quality"custom woodwork for 30+ years and have spent about $1,000.00 on various clamps from the wonderful box clamps from Woodpeckers (perfect for what they are designed for) the 48" Jorgensen cabinet makers screw clamps (also the perfect design for the purpose that they were made for)- These medium duty and very cost efficient clamps are perfect for gluing well fitted parts , if you have 1/8" to 1/4" to squeeze into place, then you better check your layout or get a new pair of glasses, I work within 1/64th of an inch (I'm obsessive about tight fits) These work as good as those clamps that I used to pay $15 -$20 for, and Tekton stands behind their products, when I'm working with wood species that I pay $18-25 a B.F I want no doubt that the clamp will not fail, these work so well, I just got 4 more- BIG Thanks to Amazon for allowing a well managed company that stands behind their work (I did take one apart, the internals are the same as the higher price ones)- I also ordered other Tekton tools and everyone is a good tool, my costs go down, so does the cost to my clientele- Thanks Tekton for a well made high quality product- I will be buying more
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