Review by Goomer on February 6th, 2016 See Item
I had gone through several blind spot mirrors before finding myself needing another one. The double back tape on the others gave up after quite some time and the mirrors just fell off. I saw these in Harbor Freight on sale and picked up several. No comparison from the previous mirrors. Much better adhesive backing, and I didn't realize it until I'd installed the first one that these are adjustable! Swivel it in its frame until you get the area you want covered and they stay there! None have moved from where I put them. They don't lock down, but have enough tension to stay put. For a buck more than the cheapest of the cheap ones I bought these are great. A winner from Harbor Freight. Just used the last of the spares I had on a new vehicle and I see they are on sale For $1.99. This is a real deal.
Review by jnj3225 on January 26th, 2016 See Item
I love theser. Im an electrician and use it often,but cant find it at HF anymore.
Looking to buy more.
Review by Bigplanz on January 23rd, 2016 See Item
First, it isn't a clamp. Sure, you could clamp two things together, but unless it is to just put enough pressure for edge glue to set up, you wouldn't use it for clamping. It excels as an edge guide, however, and the clamping lever is easy to use for precise adjustments. Use a speed square to make sure you have a 90 degree angle, then clamp it on the work. Straight accurate cuts every time. It also can be adjusted 22 degrees left/right, if you need to make a slight angle cut. Works great as an edge guide. Well worth the $11 I gave for it.
Review by Goomer on January 23rd, 2016 See Item
Just got this and have yet to put it to real use. I started playing around with some small electronics stuff and soldering wires to the wires on little stuff like resistors and diodes was testing my patience. Somewhere I have one of the basic HF "Helping Hands", couldn't find it and honestly with my eyesight lighting was a much of an issue as getting things to stay still long enough to do the soldering.
First impressions: This is well made. It has some heft to it. Assembly was easy (never opened the instructions). I needed a soldering iron stand, this has one the much less expensive one does not. HF's pricing is very comparable to what I found other places, better than many. And it was on the shelf, I didn't have to order it from China and wait. The ball joints seem to hold quite securely, as opposed to the cheap one that I never could really get to stay still. The only wingnuts are on the alligator clips. Other adjustments and locking down are with plastic knobs. More finger friendly as long as they don't break. It surprised me how little torque I had to apply to the plastic knobs to get them to stay in place. There seems to be more precision here than I am used to.
The biggest surprise is the lens and lighting. The magnifier is very clear, the small 6X "zoom" lens inside the large 2X lens if aimed at the helping hands means they are touching each other. This makes the 6X close to useless. But, the LED lighting is surprisingly good and uniform, not a spotlight effect. It illuminates the work area far better than I had expected. And it came with the 3 AAA batteries that it needs.
The battery cover, by the way, was a bugger to get off. Clearly labeled as to how to remove it, it refused to budge. A little gentle prying and it popped loose, flying about 3 feet. It was undamaged and snapped back in like it is supposed to.
The base forms a tray for a sponge to clean the soldering iron tip (sponge not included). The base measures roughly 2 1/2" X 2 1/2" and has a rubber pad attached to it to keep it from sliding around. I expect that at some point I'll be putting some double backed tape on it and sticking it to a larger piece of something to prevent it from tipping over. That has not become an issue yet.
This feels like it should last. Might not do well getting knocked off the workbench, but it is a rather precision piece of equipment. I recommend this tool.
I would recommend this.
Review by Bigplanz on January 5th, 2016 See Item
I use these for everything from working in nasty drainage water to installing insulation. Also put them on when I am troubleshooting electrical problems. They work great. I really recommend these if you are installing loose insulation. No itching! Cheap too!