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 Post subject: Re: Magic Gripper review
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:55 am 
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Styx,
The Magic Clamps are shown here:

http://www.magicfituk.com/

Click on Gallery and then Magic Clamps

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I am not surprised that you like the magic clamps . They work really well what i like about them is they are compact and once you set up the grip setting you are done. I did not invent the clamp but when i was at a Total Tools show in earls court i came across them and got some for the lads at work . They bought them of me at cost and left me with nothing. We added pads to them and created a new market for them in kitchen fitting . They were distributed through magnet they sold 1000's Glad you like them. Magnet trade stores cannot get them at the moment hand tools are on a hold and it’s hard to get new stuff on the shelf maybe when we get out of this dam recession. Thanks for the post Colour and you may find you are using other products i have created but i will not spam if you want to know what’s new Pm me and if i can disclose i will.


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They are just C clamps as used in the automotive trade for years plus a bit of plastic thrown in to protect timber.

What is the price each and the size of them???


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Got mine from Howdens, really good, use them a lot.

If you don't like them then don't use them. :wtf:


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Got mine from Howdens, really good, use them a lot.

If you don't like them then don't use them. :wtf:


No, I wouldn't use them as I have clamps which perform more tasks.

So nice of you to point out the fact that if I don't like them then I don't have to use them. I would have never thought of that!

Doesn't stop someone from enquiring how much they are, out of interest.

Be interesting to know how much you paid per clamp, seeing as you have some?


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royaloakcarpentry wrote:
upagumtree wrote:
Got mine from Howdens, really good, use them a lot.

If you don't like them then don't use them. :wtf:


No, I wouldn't use them as I have clamps which perform more tasks.

So nice of you to point out the fact that if I don't like them then I don't have to use them. I would have never thought of that!

Doesn't stop someone from enquiring how much they are, out of interest.

Be interesting to know how much you paid per clamp, seeing as you have some?



Can't remember what I paid now, I have a figure of £9 in my head but can't remember if that was for 2 or 1... Or maybe I'm making that figure up... Been a little while now

ROC these clamps are really quite good, and quick. It's just another handy clamp to have not a replacement. I would before use Irwin quick clamps to hold two units together before fixing put these do that job just a little easier.

The jaws are of course much smaller than some clamps out there but I was surprised yesterday at how large they will go, I had forgotten my normal clamps and needed to router a worktop, I didn't think they would, but the clamps did hold my jig in place on a 40mm worktop very well. The only reason I hadn't forgotten those clamps is because they are small enough to fit in the bottom of my tote bag.

They are handy clamps to have ROC, there is nothing that they can do which other clamps can't apart from speed. So the are no a replacement clamp just another type. They are a small, powerful, quick clamp

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I doubt if they were £9 per pair as there are other makes on the market which do the same job for £7 each. You can't even get the automotive C clamps at that price per pair and that is what these are a copy of.

Not disputing whether they are good clamps or not/worth the money or not. For me though they don't offer any advantage to clamps that I already use and have permanently in my van.

If my clamps were to become knackered I would replace them like for like as they have a wider opening jaw than these kitchen unit ones.


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But that's just it mate, they are just a smaller clamp which can clamp with a single squeeze of the handle rather than multiple squeezing of a trigger like an Irwin quick clamp. Don't get me wrong a larger clamp can of course handle many more applications but for speed and adjustment I like these little clamps and the thing that made me buy them was their power.

Just buy the damn clamps :lol:

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Colour I know you have a pair and you know how well they work it's hard to change some people I like the record G clamps and find the Irwin a little numb and oversized sometimes but i must have 10 sets. horses for courses . The lock jaw c clamp is a very clever bit of kit and you are a little dim if you comment on something you have never used. Once you set the power you can with one hand one compression lock the clamp. This clamp as a future and is a great improvement on the std c clamp. Also they do one that is perfect for metal stud. Good post Colour


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Cram............I started out in office refurbs and have been doing them off and on for over 20 years. Working in metal stud is one area of the industry where I have never had to use a clamp. Studwork is crimped and is easily held by hand whilst you do this. Transomes can be done in such a way that you do not need clamps. Same goes for the various ally systems and timber systems.

Before you call me dim. perhaps in my 20 odd years on the tools, I have been using locking C clamps from the automotive industry. I am not so dim that I suddenly saw yours and thought,'feck me all these years and I never thought of adding padding to protect the surfaces I am clamping together'.

Protecting the surfaces is always paramount whichever clamps/cramps are being used, you learn that as an apprentice.

Why would I spend money on the same clamps I have been using for 20 years just because they have an added bit of plastic, when mine work fine? Or perhaps I am that dim, I am missing a big point pmsl.


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Oh come on ROC, you didn't say you had a pair of similar clamps which you have modded. You said they were similar to ones you'd seen in the auto industry and nothing new.

So if you have a pair and have been using them for 20 years you'd agree they are a good clamp, no?

On that logic why would anybody not buy an already modded version if they don't have the automotive clamps?

Not trying to argue with you here, just curious as to why you're hating on the product? :salute:

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Didn't say anything derogatory about the product. I said I used clamps which serve more than one function...........I can use mine for hot work too. Not that I have done for years, but you never know.

To be honest, I don't find my c clamps any quicker than my Cox quick release clamps. I can't however use my Cox ones when I have a 200mm unit. That is the only time I use the C clamps, for small units.

On the other hand, I can't use the Cox clamps if they are going to get hot, for obvious reasons. My C clamps, I can.

I wouldn't class a bit of padding taped to the c clamp as a modification.

If someone is only using them for clamping units together then there is no reason why they wouldn't buy them, unless the plastic made them that much dearer than normal locking C Clamps........I said that I wouldn't though.

I wouldn't be surprised if Hitch has been using clamps he uses during welding, for also working with timber. He obviously wouldn't buy this type of C clamp though because the plastic will melt.

I just prefer to buy things with more than one use as opposed to many things with one use. Means less stuff to lug around.


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They have many uses, as I said before they are very powerful for their size, I find they ensure labourers hands are tightly clamped when not in use. I find this stops them from using up their daily text allowance, slightly painful i'm sure but work as intended


EDIT: BTW the rub feet slip off if you want them to. :thumbleft:

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As the pads are removable, if mine ever go tits up, they would be worth considering. Easily removable pad is an advantage over padding and tape.

Phones and work don't mix unless you are the boss. When the lads phones go I just politely say, "tell them to feck off, you are working".


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I am really Sad to see the old magic gripper shape is no longer available only in dribs and drabs . The good news is the new one looks so much better with some very happy owners . Any one from the Us wanting to perchance the product Home Depot will be the first to take stock look for the the are calling it the Door Docker Plus . I made some small changes to the design and gave it a square foot and a stronger back .
I hope chez will come back to me so I can send him samples as he did a real good job testing the old style.


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