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Hold-downs can be very helpful in the shop, but did you ever stop to think what would happen if your router bit or table saw blade — or any other cutting tool designed for soft materials like wood — came into contact with a metal hold-down?  At best you’d have a damaged hold-down, at the worst flying shrapnel.

If the last paragraph got your imagination working, these composite hold-downs from DE-STA-CO are starting to look pretty good.  The lightweight glass-reinforced nylon can produce a holding force of 200lbs, but it won’t damage your tool.  The arm opens 100° to make placing and removing parts easy, and you can adjust the nylon spindle about 1/8″ vertically and 1-1/2″ along the lever arm.  The hold-down comes with a slip-on neoprene cap.

You’ll pay about $10 for one of these composite hold-downs, which is in the ballpark of a similar metal version.

Composite Hold-Down [DE-STA-CO]
Composite Hold-Down [McFeely’s]