Cool Tools: Create clamps in a pinch

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22 Responses to “Cool Tools: Create clamps in a pinch”

  1. glatt1 says:

    I was expecting it to work like a rebar tie wire twister.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=173nanMp-kE

  2. thermidorthelobster says:

    The video is a masterclass in taking something new and cool and making it mind-numbingly dull.  By all means take 8 mins to do a thorough tutorial video, but if you want to market the damn thing (which judging by the interminable commentary is what he was aiming to do), 45 seconds would have been a bit less depressing.

  3. mcain says:

    For Canadians, this tool is available at Lee Valley Tools.

  4. Gregory Primosch says:

    In the immortal words of Francis X Clampazzo, “Give ‘em the clamps!”

    http://theinfosphere.org/Francis_X._Clampazzo

  5. kartwaffles says:

    This doesn’t appear to do anything you can’t already do better with with swipes or even a basic pair of pliers.

    Plus, their prices for safety wire are atrocious.

  6. signsofrain says:

    I hope Cool Tools does the leatherman micra. I always, always have it in my pocket, and I use it nearly every day. It contains:

    Scissors (strong enough to cut nails, wire, or blister packages)
    Nail file/nail cleaner (useful for your nails… and the file can be used on plastic in a pinch)
    Bottle opener/thin flathead screwdriver (good for opening bottles, undoing small flathead screws, or scraping away at mineral buildup in your humidifier)
    Tweezers (great as a roach clip, tweezing unsightly facial hair, or in a pinch as a fork)
    Phillips Screwdriver (perfect for minor computer repair work)
    Large flathead screwdriver (great for prying open paint cans and larger flathead screws)
    Knife (great for slicing open packages, cutting tape and paper, and I’ve even sliced a dry sausage with it)
    Ruler (I’ve never really used this honestly)

    All this in a tiny package that weighs only 1.8oz

  7. SamSam says:

    This tool has been on my wish-list ever since I first saw it on Cool Tools seven years ago. Haven’t bought it yet, though.

    The version above looks like a little bit of an upgrade from that version. Has anyone tried both, or know if there’s much difference between them?

  8. sqyntz says:

    every leatherman i’ve ever owned has been inadvertently donated to the TSA.. f*ckers!

  9. deathfrog14 says:

    I’ve owned this for about 4 years now, bought it for assembling some homebrew soda equipment and fell in love. It works amazingly once you get the hang of it and I’ve found uses for it far more often than I ever expected. It’ll replace your bag of hose clamps any day.

  10. gelos says:

    I’m working on an old vw bus and the conventional wisdom is to NOT use regular hose clamps on fuel lines. They cut into the hose over time and can cause the bus to catch fire.
    There are better hose clamps that are recommended but they’re more expensive and I don’t know where to get them locally.

    Does anyone know if this tool would work instead and not cut into the hose?

    I may get one regardless, it just would be nice to use it for the fuel hoses as well.

    • Nagurski says:

      Get a fuel line with braided stainless sheathing held in place by good clamps for peace of mind. Not the place to save a couple of bucks.

    • bcsizemo says:

      I was kind of thinking along the same line as Nagurski.  I believe most of the old VW fuel lines are just barbed push on and crimp designs so nothing with an actual end so to speak.  You could still just get some stainless steel braid and cover your existing (or regular) fuel line in the areas that you need to clamp and use a regular screw clamp.  That would easily keep the line from being damaged by the clamp.

  11. pjcamp says:

    Oh my god, shut up! How do I get the boredom out of my head? That is absolutely the longest explanation of nothing I’ve ever seen. Could have been done in 30 seconds, takes over 8 minutes.

  12. Sparrow says:

    It looks interesting, but I might have to make my own, because I refuse to buy anything sold by someone who uses that god-awful right click blocking script on their site (even though it only took one click of a bookmarklet to kill it.)

  13. screw it…time to get a grip and face the biting jaws of reality! =)

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