hi how doy rate carver clamps are they any good
the dogs do dahs
It doesn’t get much better
You’ll only ever buy them once.
expensive but very worth it.
Very very true....
My late father bought a small 6" one in the early 80's, it's still in use now. I have managed to find a few larger ones at auction locally, not as easy to handle but definitely clamp components together without moving
I think it depends on your needs, I rate them but if you only need a g clamp there are plenty of cheaper clamps that will do the same job. Where Carver win over the other clamps is the versatility of the "system", clamp bars in just about any length you can imagine and the interchangeability of clamps/ bars on jig work is second to none.
They also have a shrouded thread,protecting from weld spatter.
I have 8 normal duty ones and 2 heavy duty with 8” throat,they take some carrying and positioning,bought my first pair in ‘84,replaced the odd spring,which I now make from a household knife,also have one which I’ve welded together at least twice in the last 25 years,it’s difficult to abuse them,even if you place extra leverage on the Tommy bar the worse you’ll do is bend that part.
You Can’t beat them
Carver are the dogs, but for those on a budget these are very good value for the money, third one down.
F Clamps Fully Drop Forged - 300mm - Pack of 6
I like my carver clamps, there's nothing to beat them if you want something clamped tight or to pull a joint together to weld it.
But am I the only one to find them a pain in the bum to use? You always need 2 hands to use them as it's hard to get one half to stay in the right notch in the other half until you get the screw tightened.
I usually use an f or a ratchet clamp to get the items roughly in place as I can manage them one handed then switch to a carver clamp when both hands are free.
Only that I picked my carvers up cheap I would go for f-clamps if I was starting out. They're more versatile, easier to use & cheaper.
I've got two in my garage that I inherited from my dad, never used them, if anyone wants them I'd part with them for a few beer vouchers.
what size how many tokens we talking ;-)
if you do not want them i am intrested
It seems like there is a lot of interest in these old 6" Carver clamps. They are very old but have obviously seen very little use, there is no wear or damage other than light surface rust.
They were in my dads garage for as long as I can remember and I'm over 60, I don't ever remember dad using them.
Perhaps I should put them in the for sale section and not hijack this thread. (mods?) Anyway here is a picture of them. I would appreciate some realistic idea as to what they are worth? I know new they are daft money and new ones don't look as heavy duty as these.
Very good! Totally and utterly a waste of cash if you don't need that level of clamping force and durability.
Better to have more cheaper clamps in various sizes in the case of most people.
Now if i was working with heavy steel sections past tge level of benches even being viable its a no brainer
Genral fabrication, sheet and light plate etc? Nah! Better having more of others in various sizes
what is the weight then i will be able to make a correct offer
brilliant quality heavy duty clamps.
Bessey clamps are comparable in quality but in general not meant for quite as heavy duty clamping and therefore are a bit lighter and easier to use.
They weigh 1435g each
apart from the ones that get nicked
agreed though,,,,,best there is
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