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At one time or another we have all managed to find ourselves in the middle of a project with a clamping nightmare that requires logic of epic proportions to solve.  Either the clamp is too big, the angle is too great, or the space is just too small to work with. 

Now here comes Grip-on Tools going big with “the world’s smallest locking tool” called the Micro Grip.  At 3.6 inches the Micro Grips’ advantages are immediately clear:  It fits into places other clamps can’t go.  But the real advantage is the straight line motion of its mobile jaw.

It has an adjustable screw that acts as mobile jaw and allows for extra adjustment. The lever is concealed in the back of the body of the clamp and pushes the screw (which is mounted in a rod) into the closed position and locks it there, offering a second type of clamp adjustment.

The only down side is that even fully open the Micro Clamp doesn’t span much distance — roughly an inch.  However, if you’re looking to use a small clamp anyway, you weren’t going to get a huge span to begin with.  Keep to sheet metal or thinner items and you should be fine.

Street Pricing start at $15.

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4 Responses to Finds: Micro Clamp 2000

  1. Nick Carter says:

    There is a “cleco” actuated type of clamp like this, used in sheetmetal work:
    http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/clamps1.php
    (only $2.25 each, with 1/2″ jaw depth)
    and
    http://www.advancedairtool.com/sheet_metal_clamps_plier.htm

    Should be cheaper to use these on sheet metal assemblies requiring a lot of clamps…

  2. Steve says:

    The cleco clamp is cool. I wonder what the clamping force is? It seems to me that the cam-lever of the micro clamp could potentially provide more positive clamping force, but at $2.25 each (and more clamps here: http://www.aircraftspruce.com/menus/to/clampingtools.html), it may be worth having some around.

  3. Michael says:

    I doubt if they provide more than the 70 lbs. clamping pressure stated for the Spring Tension Clamps listed under the Side Grip Clamps (which state “The lack of a takeup screw makes it impossible to over-tighten and damage the work surfaces or the clamp”).
    Thaks for the links to the other clamps. I mostly work with wood and wasn’t familar with those type of clamps. I can see how they would be handy to have around. It’s pretty common for Formica and other laminates to come “unglued” at the edge of a counter, or table, and need to be reglued (one of those “as long as you’re here” jobs that people ask you to do when you’re making new cabinets for them. A handful of these clamps would be easier (and cheaper) to use than than the traditional Jorgensen® style clamps I use now.

  4. shawn says:

    I usually use the odd looking Vise-Grips when ever I have to clamp sheet metal. The ones that look like someone welded on different jaws on to the original Vise Grips. The Clecos in the first post are perfect for my needs, plus the are cheaper. I can afford to get a dozen of those to space across my next sheet metal project. The Micro Clamp 2000 seems like it would do the job as well, but at $15 it cost as much as the vise grips, without being as versatile.

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