Testing out the Irwin Quick Grip Handy Clamp
Our first worry was the strength that could possibly be required to squeeze this little clamp onto the workbench. Firstly it has to be said that Irwin do not claim this hand tool to be for commercial or industrial use. It is a hobby or light home improvement/DIY clamp for holding stuff in place temporarily while a little light work is carried out. Even so we were surprised at it’s ability to grip hard when applied by anyone. One of our volunteer focus group members, Louise, who publicly admits she is a million mile away from being a body-builder, commented on how easy they are to use.
How Easy are These Clamps to Use?
A ratchet adjustable clamp allows the tool to be applied very quickly and easily and a quick release lever gives a rapid and effective method of holding work pieces. Made of durable (glass based) material and with soft jaws to prevent work-piece damage, these clamps are a must in the workshop.
They can be used to hold all manner of sheet material to the bench for cutting and for the craft or hobbyist they can hold sections of glued material together for card-making applications or strengthening hobby sheets like jig-saws or picture frame backing.
Special Features of the Irwin Quick Grip Handy Clamp
This excellent utility clamp comes with the following special features:
- Easy ratchet action for smooth clamping
- Comfortable grip
- Smooth trigger action for quick release
- Soft pad jaws to prevent damage to surfaces
Even for a relatively small clamp that’s primary use is for smaller hobby jobs, these clamps close down and grip with a decent amount of force to hold any number of items in place for cutting, sawing or joining. For their size, weight and usefulness we have no problem awarding giving them 4 stars.