WE DO NOT STOCK THIS ITEM. IT WILL BE DROPPED SHIPPED DIRECTLY FROM THE MANUFACTURER. These versatile easy-to-use clamps are for holding work in place on bench tops. Made of solid iron with a black baked-enamel finish; hold work securely by simply tapping into 3/4" hole in bench top ( requires pre-drilling ). Bench dog is for securing work when used in conjunction with a vise dog; steel dog fits 3/4" hole in bench top.
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The 4 1/2" version I love! The finish is nice (powder coat?), and the feel is good. But what is most important is just how WELL the thing works! One firm tap with a rubber mallet about 30 degrees forward on the top curve clamps boards solidly to my bench. A light tap on the back immediately releases it. I've tried it with various thicknesses of wood. Up to 2 inches, it works spectacularly. Above 2 inches (I've gone as thick as 3 1/2 inches -- a piece of 4x4), it requires more force to set, and appears to damage the hole somewhat. I wouldn't recommend it for wood over 2 inches. For thicker material, you may have better luck with the larger 8" version. Keep in mind that my bench top is made from several layers of regular old exterior A-C plywood capped with masonite, which means the top is pretty soft. A hardwood bench may handle higher setting force without damage, I couldn't say.
Overall, I'm very pleased with this tool. It sets and releases with ease every time, and is just the ticket for thinner material. For me that's perfect. I rarely work with wood as thick as 2 inches anyway. I like this holdfast well enough that I've ordered two more.
I would also like to add a couple observations about the 8" equivalent holdfast for those people that may be having trouble trying to decide which one to go with. To start with, the 8" clamp is BIG! It is 16 inches long with a 2x2 inch clamping surface (compare this to 8 inches long and 1x1 inch clamping surface for the 4 1/2" clamp). That's larger than I was expecting and really larger than I want. The 8" clamp has the same nice powder coat finish as its little brother, and it sets and releases equally well (perhaps taking a sharper tap to get it properly set). My main complaint with the 8" version is that its vertical shaft has a hexagonal cross-section, the angles of which dig into the side of the bench dog hole pretty severely compared to the smaller version and its circular cross-section. Again, this may be due to having a soft bench table. A hardwood bench top may stand up better to the large clamp. On my table, I don't plan to use it, and I can't recommend it.
Great product and so far I have no complaints.