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Old 03-29-2011, 06:53 PM
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Harbor frieght on sale $3.99.
Eastwood wants $29.+
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:05 PM
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I've trimmed out whee the clamps will go to get a tighter fit for most of it. Generally that's been good enough for my work. But I tend to measure with my finger, mark it with spit, and cut with a hammer.
Precision measurement Sam?
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:05 PM
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I don't care for those butt clamps. Don't like the distance they leave between the pieces & it makes it hard to weld funky old thin sheet metal... IMO! Although using them I became an expert in welding up burn through holes!!!

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Old 03-29-2011, 08:20 PM
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same here i dont really use them unless i have to, i also like my gaps pretty tight, i also thinned mine down
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:44 PM
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I don't much care for the gap that these clamps have but, I do have a grinder and I'm not gonna pay eastwood what they want. Can someone give me the Harbor Freight part number, I can't find them on their web site.......ruggs
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:58 PM
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I made my own too, they work great. I chopped my truck by myself, just cutting a little and clamping as I went. I used 18 gauge sheet metal for the spacer which leaves a nice tight gap and I have specific dimensions and so on if you want them. The only thing I noticed is if you over tighten them they will suck the two pieces up just enough to "crown" the joint leaving the joint as a high spot.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:06 PM
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Any of this info is useful to a lot of guys.... never can get too much info you know....lol
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:59 PM
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I am sure this isn't the only way to do it, just the way I made mine.
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:28 PM
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They're not listed on the HF website anymore. I think they've been discontinued. That's why I made my own too. I used sheetmetal off an old microwave oven - 22ga. The gap is miniscule.
1" square tube
some all-thread
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