Is it a jack that can clamp, or is it a clamp that can jack? That’s the question. FastCap’s Jack of All Trades functions as a jack, a clamp, and a spreader — it seems like an ideal tool for a kitchen remodeler. It can lift cabinets or heavy doors into place, pull together hardwood or laminate flooring, or hold two cabinets while screwing them together.
As a jack it can lift up to 70 lbs, up to 15-1/4″ high. The notched base allows the 1/8″ thick metal hook to rest directly on the floor, making it easy to maneuver the “Jack” under cabinets. As a spreader, it can spread up to 23″. And as a clamp, its 2-1/4″ deep jaws can open up to 13.3″. Like most quick-clamps, it features a quick-release lever.
In reviews, people mentioned one glaring negative: The “Jack” isn’t the most ruggedly built tool. One guy snapped the handle in two. But the general consensus was that if you use the “Jack” within its limits, it works just fine.
The “Jack” retails for $35, but you can find it for a little less with some searching. If you plan on buying more than one, a two pack runs about $55.