Scoff if you like, but these little blue clamps deserve to be here. We don’t often think about these 6” Irwin Quick-Grip trigger clamps until one of ’em is broken. The truth is, we appreciate their inexpensive nature in a very unique way -– we use the living tar out of ’em. We’ve tapped these things to squeeze together anything we could get their jaws around, and we never, not once, felt bad about it.
You can purchase far more expensive clamps or ones built entirely from steel, but since the Quick-Grips are radically cheaper and often easier to operate than those units, we can pick up a four-pack of Quick-Grips with a clear conscience — the four clamps offer us more clamping options than one expensive clamp.
If they get painted on, broken, burned up, or cracked, we just grab another one and move on -– no big deal. What we’re really saying is, these clamps fall in the sweet spot between ‘disposable’ and ‘too expensive to mess up.’ Are they the best clamp ever made? Of course not, they’re better than that: cheap and effective. We semi-abuse them to get whatever crazy project done because we know we can, and that pushes them into the Top Ten list this year.