Hemostats have been holding guts in operation rooms for over a hundred years and really haven’t changed much. They grab, lock, and hold all kinds of things your fingers can’t in places your digits won’t fit. What some folks haven’t figured out yet is that they’re incredibly useful in all kinds of projects from electrical work to fishing objects out of tight spaces.
For all intents and purposes a hemostat is a small lockable clamp made from surgical steel with two finger loops for handles that taper down into a slender pointed nose — either straight or bent for different grabbing angles.
The lock part is located near the top loops and is a angled set of alligator teeth that hold the clamp shut with different degrees of strength depending on how many teeth are engaged.
These are great to have around if you’re working with tight clearances. We used one to grab and insert a spade terminal inside a steering wheel hub with only 2mm of clearance available.
Plus the price is right. You can find hemostats all over the net for around $2-$7 per in many different sizes and shapes. Check the flea market as well.
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