Matt wrote in with a tip about new Milwaukee hand clamps being carried by Home Depot. We took a look, and sure enough these are Milwaukee’s first foray into the clamping market, locking pliers and fast-release locking pliers notwithstanding.
Hart Tools, also a TTi company, recently released new clamps of their own. The new Milwaukee clamps have simpler and more traditional jaws, but a similar-looking release mechanism.
The new Milwaukee clamps will be available in 2″ and 4″ sizes, at least at first, and have overmolded handles.
The clamps are designed for easy one-handed operation, and a Stop Lock mechanism ensures that the clamps’ jaws won’t back off of common jobsite materials.
Prices: $6 for 2″ (48-22-3002), $8 for 4″ (48-22-3004)
ETA: July 2014
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Thanks Matt, for the tip!
While it’s hard to get excited over inexpensive plastic hand clamps, these are among the types of tools that are heavily relied on quite often. If a clamp backs off, or doesn’t apply enough pressure, or worse – fails unexpectedly, the time and effort required to get things done starts to climb quite quickly.
Milwaukee’s new hand clamps look interesting, but they’re entering a tough market that’s currently well served by Irwin, Bessey, Pony, and other often-favored brands.
These clamps are priced low enough where there’s little harm in giving them a try.