You should own a set of pipe clamps. Sure, they’re not usually the first clamps you reach for — especially if you’ve got a few of the new trigger clamps around the shop. But when you finally end up needing to clamp something really big together, you’ll wish you had pipe clamps.
And kudos to Irwin for their clutch system that lets you use these clamps with whatever 1/2″ or 3/4″ pipe you happen to have lying around — no threading required!
There’s really not much explaining to do here: Lever releases allow you to quickly position both ends wherever they work best on your pipe, and at that point you simply crank ’em down to complete the job.
The real difference between these clamps and the old ones we have are that our old ones screw onto the pipe, so you have to have threaded pipes for them. The Quick-Grips use friction to grab the pipe.
These are incredibly inexpensive, with street prices starting around $10 each. There’s really no excuse to have one or two.