Hart – a TTI company – has come out with a new hand clamp (HRC0201) that they say offers a new way to secure a variety of materials never thought of before by hand clamps. It features a 2-inch max jaw opening, pivoting jaw pads, aggressively toothed inner jaws, a mini carabiner clip, and a rope cleat so that you can attach cords and ropes.
Hart has not specified whether the new clamp is made from plastic or metal construction, but it definitely looks like plastic to me. The clamp can provide 50 pounds of clamping power, which is what you could expect from a clamp this size.
Model No.: HRC0201
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The new Hart clamp looks a little busy to me, if you know what I mean. I can appreciate innovative clamps, but I also like stripped-down designs that just work. Often, the fewer “game changing” features, the simpler and stronger the clamp. These clamps do look interesting, but unless they perform better than they look, or you need the rope cleat, you can get Irwin or Bessey 2-inch hand clamps for less money.
I’m also not sure about the purpose of the aggressively toothed inner jaws. They look like they could be sized to dig into 2x and larger wood profiles, but since the jaws are hollow and not solid throughout, there’s not going to be a lot of clamping power when used on plastic or metal pipes and other materials. When used on harder materials, the clamp will likely slip and slide around.