carver clamps

  1. unimog Member

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    hi how doy rate carver clamps are they any good

    thanks
     
  2. 123hotchef Member

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    the dogs do dahs
     
  3. Richard.

    Richard. Forum Supporter

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    It doesn’t get much better
    You’ll only ever buy them once.
     
  4. bourbon Member

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    expensive but very worth it.
     
  5. zzr1200

    zzr1200 Working at 650 ft on open steel work

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    Very very true....
     
  6. carbon

    carbon Member

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    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
     
  7. 8ob

    8ob Forum Supporter

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    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.

    Bob
     
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  8. nickk Forum Supporter

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    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.
     
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  9. rory1

    rory1 Member

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    You Can’t beat them
     
  10. zzr1200

    zzr1200 Working at 650 ft on open steel work

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  11. Turbo Member

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    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. :thumbup:

    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. :vsad:

    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.
     
  12. 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.
     
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  13. 123hotchef Member

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    what size how many tokens we talking ;-)
     
  14. unimog Member

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    hi
    if you do not want them i am intrested

    unimog
     
  15. 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.

    Carver clamps.jpg
     
  16. Kent

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    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
     
  17. unimog Member

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    hi
    what is the weight then i will be able to make a correct offer

    thanks
     
  18. Munkul

    Munkul Jack of many trades, Master of none

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    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.
     
  19. They weigh 1435g each
     
  20. TechnicAl

    TechnicAl Member

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    apart from the ones that get nicked

    agreed though,,,,,best there is
     
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