• TEKTON 36-Inch x 2-1/2-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp and 42-Inch Spreader | 39186
  • TEKTON 36-Inch x 2-1/2-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp and 42-Inch Spreader | 39186
  • TEKTON 36-Inch x 2-1/2-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp and 42-Inch Spreader | 39186
  • TEKTON 36-Inch x 2-1/2-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp and 42-Inch Spreader | 39186
TEKTON 36-Inch x 2-1/2-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp and 42-Inch Spreader | 39186
TEKTON 36-Inch x 2-1/2-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp and 42-Inch Spreader | 39186
TEKTON 36-Inch x 2-1/2-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp and 42-Inch Spreader | 39186
TEKTON 36-Inch x 2-1/2-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp and 42-Inch Spreader | 39186

TEKTON 36-Inch x 2-1/2-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp and 42-Inch Spreader | 39186

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  • Continuous, trigger-operated ratchet action applies precise and consistent pressure
  • Press quick release button to freely slide jaw to any position
  • Strong reinforced nylon jaw assemblies
  • Soft jaw pads grip workpiece and protect surfaces from damage
  • Convert from clamp to spreader by placing fixed jaw on opposite end of bar

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Works really well if you have strong hands Works well. Can be used as either a clamp, or a spreader by unscrewing the little red winged bolt that holds the stationary end of the clamp to the bar, moving it to the other end, and screwing the bolt back on. Quality is average to a little above average. The jaws at first don't appear to be quite parallel, as they seem to angle towards each other slightly. However, once clamping pressure is applied, they become parallel. I think that may be better than jaws that start out that way, and then become crooked under pressure. Clamping action is smooth enough, and the release works OK even when under pressure. All in all a good usable clamp for the average do-it-yourselfer. Compared to other clamps I have used, it is probably in the middle of the pack. My only real suggestion for improvement (without driving the price up much) would be to make the handle you squeeze to apply the clamp a little longer. It seems to take more force at the handle, to get the clamping force I want, when compared to some of the premium clamps I have used. The clamp itself seems strong, it just takes a bit of hand strength to make full use of it. Probably hard to beat for the price, though. I paid more than double for a comparable Irwin clamp, and I'm not really sure it is actually stronger, it just has a little more leverage in the mechanism so it takes less hand strength to use. 4Fantastic Customer Service First, the tool itself is great. It's not for heavy duty usage, but it's great for cabinet or chair repairs, models, hobbies, and anything where you need to glue and clamp your project. But just as important is their fantastic customer support. I didn't use the clamp until several weeks after I received it, and after I did, one of the cushioned jaw pads fell off and was lost. The Amazon return time had expired, so I sent an email to Tekton and explained what happened, asking if they could send me another jaw pad. They instead sent me an entire new tool, and it came the very next day! If you need tools, and want to get them from a company that will stand behind them, this is the place. I'll definitely be buying more tools from Tekton. 5Decent clamps for the price and Tekton stands behind their products I purchased three of these clamps because of the decent reviews and price. For a hobbyist that works with wood, I d say these are average. Within 6-8 months, two of the clamps stopped working and wouldn t tighten on my projects. I found the company s website, which stated, we guarantee our products, no matter what. So I emailed the company and they quickly sent me two new ones. Within 3-4 months two more stopped working (unknown which ones since I didn t keep track of the replaced ones). You just have to decide whether or not you want to pay double for Irwin clamps, or take a chance on these. As cheap as these are, I m planning to buy more. Customer service was great and that s why most people stick with products. Hopefully they will replace the other two clamps that no longer work. 4TEKTON 39185 30" by 2 1/2 Ratchet Bar Clamp I purchased 2 of the 24" ones, just to see how well they worked, I have been building "Heirloom Quality"custom woodwork for 30+ years and have spent about $1,000.00 on various clamps from the wonderful box clamps from Woodpeckers (perfect for what they are designed for) the 48" Jorgensen cabinet makers screw clamps (also the perfect design for the purpose that they were made for)- These medium duty and very cost efficient clamps are perfect for gluing well fitted parts , if you have 1/8" to 1/4" to squeeze into place, then you better check your layout or get a new pair of glasses, I work within 1/64th of an inch (I'm obsessive about tight fits) These work as good as those clamps that I used to pay $15 -$20 for, and Tekton stands behind their products, when I'm working with wood species that I pay $18-25 a B.F I want no doubt that the clamp will not fail, these work so well, I just got 4 more- BIG Thanks to Amazon for allowing a well managed company that stands behind their work (I did take one apart, the internals are the same as the higher price ones)- I also ordered other Tekton tools and everyone is a good tool, my costs go down, so does the cost to my clientele- Thanks Tekton for a well made high quality product- I will be buying more 5For $8 a piece these are great... I bought these to clamp a hickory side panel onto a newly installed cabinet while glue dried and they worked flawlessly. As the cabinet was already on the wall the ability to flip the jaws of one clamp and make it into a spreader ended up being a critical feature for me (see picture). The nylon pads on the jaws also work very well and maintain their position without marring the object being clamped.Note that I also purchased Tekton's smaller "TEKTON 39180 6-Inch by 1.5-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp" which is extremely weak by comparison (the clamping mechanism would start slipping after only a small amount of pressure was applied). With these larger 2.5" / 39181 clamps you can apply much more pressure and they still stay completely rigid and maintain a solid grip.I would guess that the Irwin's clamps may last longer based on my previous experience with their tools, however, as these are half the price but still seem to be high quality I would recommend you give Tekton a try. 5Not Impressed when compared to the competition I'm in the middle of a furniture build that requires a lot of laminating so I needed more clamps and decided to give these a try instead of getting more Irwin clamps. These type of ratchet clamps don't exert a lot of force, but they are very easy to use and come in super handy around the shop. I have quite a few Irwin 6" and 24" fast grip bar clamps and have mostly been happy with them, but after several years some of them are starting to slip and not tighten as tight. I found some reviews of these Tektons that were positive and the build quality in the pictures looks good so I gave them a try. After using them, I'm very underwhelmed. The button release mechanism can sometimes be harder to release than the Irwin's and my biggest complaint with these is that as you move up to bigger sized clamps, the actual clamping surface and mechanism stay the same size. With the Irwin's as you get bigger clamps, the size of everything else also increases which gives you more clamping area and the larger handle makes it easier to tighten more. With the Tektons the only difference is the length of the bar. The lever hand piece on the Tektons also seems under sized when compared to the Irwin's which feel better in your hand. I'm hoping these will last longer and won't start slipping like some of the Irwins have, but overall I'm not impressed. I always thought of the Irwin's as cheap because of the plastic and that blue color just looks cheap to me, but after comparing them to the Tektons, they seem to be the better quality of the two. The Tekton's definitely work and do the job, but I will go with the Irwin's if I need to buy anymore. 3The release button sucks and will pinch your fingers I guess I should have expected some issues for such a cheap clamp. I would not buy these again.The one I bought will continue to be used, but I pinched my fingers a few times hitting the release button. If you have something clamped tightly, you have to put a lot of pressure on the release button which is kind of a pain. When it suddenly releases, it can pinch your finger which can be quite painful.It does work OK as far as clamping and can apply a decent amount of pressure. I guess it works OK for how cheap it is but this purchase left me disappointed. I own several other Tekton tools i am very happy with, but this clamp is only OK at best.If it didn't have the finger pinching issue this would probably be getting 4 stars. But I'm always afraid for my fingers when releasing it. Either that, or i don't apply as much clamping pressure as i would otherwise because I don't want releasing the clamp to be so painful.I should just throw this away and buy some better clamps. Life's too short for crappy tools. 2Absolute crap I can't unrecommend these enough. I was hoping they'd be helpful for simple jobs like cabinet work, but when you squeeze the trigger mechanism, the internal plastic mounts for it break. I wasn't even using two hands! One broke and the other was fine for a little longer (I bought two and figured one just was faulty) but the other broke shortly after. Making the fulcrum where all force is applied out of plastic was a REALLY poor choice 1and incredibly useful in tight spaces thanks to their small size I purchased two of the 6" clamps. At first sight, I was dubious - would these dainty, lightweight clamps actually hold anything? At first use, they proved to be strong and mighty, and incredibly useful in tight spaces thanks to their small size. As other commenters have said, the release/tighten functions are "backwards" if you're used to working with traditional clamps like Irwin. I often found myself releasing instead of clamping and vice versa, but it's fine once you get used to it. What's not so fine is the durability. One clamp started getting stuck the first day. The trigger would stay depressed making it useless. I thought it was a fluke and kept along my merry DIY'er way with the second one. That one lasted a little longer but only through a few more clampings. I dissected these little guys to see what was going on, and I found the tip of the trigger had worn off causing it to stick below the metal clips that control the movement. Being that the same issue presented itself in both clamps, I momentarily thought this failure was my fault - maybe I'm an aggressive clamper and over-tightened the clamps, stressing the trigger; however, I am not The Hulk and a quality tool should not crumble in my grip. Luckily I like tinkering with things and found that if you pad the trigger, it still functions, so these tools could potentially live through a few more projects. Long story short: if you have a super light touch and don't man-handle your tools, or if you like tinkering and don't mind potentially having to jury rig your tools, these are great little clamps for the price. However, if you prefer a quality tool that lasts and can stand up to strong use, I'd highly suggest looking elsewhere. 2Came broken Was skeptical about the quality for a $4 clamp and sure enough when mine arrived it arrived broken. The small round button that you push to release the clamp had fallen off and was missing. It is not worth $4 to box it up again and drive to the local UPS so I just left it as a failed experiment. 1
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Works really well if you have strong hands Works well. Can be used as either a clamp, or a spreader by unscrewing the little red winged bolt that holds the stationary end of the clamp to the bar, moving it to the other end, and screwing the bolt back on. Quality is average to a little above average. The jaws at first don't appear to be quite parallel, as they seem to angle towards each other slightly. However, once clamping pressure is applied, they become parallel. I think that may be better than jaws that start out that way, and then become crooked under pressure. Clamping action is smooth enough, and the release works OK even when under pressure. All in all a good usable clamp for the average do-it-yourselfer. Compared to other clamps I have used, it is probably in the middle of the pack. My only real suggestion for improvement (without driving the price up much) would be to make the handle you squeeze to apply the clamp a little longer. It seems to take more force at the handle, to get the clamping force I want, when compared to some of the premium clamps I have used. The clamp itself seems strong, it just takes a bit of hand strength to make full use of it. Probably hard to beat for the price, though. I paid more than double for a comparable Irwin clamp, and I'm not really sure it is actually stronger, it just has a little more leverage in the mechanism so it takes less hand strength to use. 4Fantastic Customer Service First, the tool itself is great. It's not for heavy duty usage, but it's great for cabinet or chair repairs, models, hobbies, and anything where you need to glue and clamp your project. But just as important is their fantastic customer support. I didn't use the clamp until several weeks after I received it, and after I did, one of the cushioned jaw pads fell off and was lost. The Amazon return time had expired, so I sent an email to Tekton and explained what happened, asking if they could send me another jaw pad. They instead sent me an entire new tool, and it came the very next day! If you need tools, and want to get them from a company that will stand behind them, this is the place. I'll definitely be buying more tools from Tekton. 5Decent clamps for the price and Tekton stands behind their products I purchased three of these clamps because of the decent reviews and price. For a hobbyist that works with wood, I d say these are average. Within 6-8 months, two of the clamps stopped working and wouldn t tighten on my projects. I found the company s website, which stated, we guarantee our products, no matter what. So I emailed the company and they quickly sent me two new ones. Within 3-4 months two more stopped working (unknown which ones since I didn t keep track of the replaced ones). You just have to decide whether or not you want to pay double for Irwin clamps, or take a chance on these. As cheap as these are, I m planning to buy more. Customer service was great and that s why most people stick with products. Hopefully they will replace the other two clamps that no longer work. 4TEKTON 39185 30" by 2 1/2 Ratchet Bar Clamp I purchased 2 of the 24" ones, just to see how well they worked, I have been building "Heirloom Quality"custom woodwork for 30+ years and have spent about $1,000.00 on various clamps from the wonderful box clamps from Woodpeckers (perfect for what they are designed for) the 48" Jorgensen cabinet makers screw clamps (also the perfect design for the purpose that they were made for)- These medium duty and very cost efficient clamps are perfect for gluing well fitted parts , if you have 1/8" to 1/4" to squeeze into place, then you better check your layout or get a new pair of glasses, I work within 1/64th of an inch (I'm obsessive about tight fits) These work as good as those clamps that I used to pay $15 -$20 for, and Tekton stands behind their products, when I'm working with wood species that I pay $18-25 a B.F I want no doubt that the clamp will not fail, these work so well, I just got 4 more- BIG Thanks to Amazon for allowing a well managed company that stands behind their work (I did take one apart, the internals are the same as the higher price ones)- I also ordered other Tekton tools and everyone is a good tool, my costs go down, so does the cost to my clientele- Thanks Tekton for a well made high quality product- I will be buying more 5For $8 a piece these are great... I bought these to clamp a hickory side panel onto a newly installed cabinet while glue dried and they worked flawlessly. As the cabinet was already on the wall the ability to flip the jaws of one clamp and make it into a spreader ended up being a critical feature for me (see picture). The nylon pads on the jaws also work very well and maintain their position without marring the object being clamped.Note that I also purchased Tekton's smaller "TEKTON 39180 6-Inch by 1.5-Inch Ratchet Bar Clamp" which is extremely weak by comparison (the clamping mechanism would start slipping after only a small amount of pressure was applied). With these larger 2.5" / 39181 clamps you can apply much more pressure and they still stay completely rigid and maintain a solid grip.I would guess that the Irwin's clamps may last longer based on my previous experience with their tools, however, as these are half the price but still seem to be high quality I would recommend you give Tekton a try. 5Not Impressed when compared to the competition I'm in the middle of a furniture build that requires a lot of laminating so I needed more clamps and decided to give these a try instead of getting more Irwin clamps. These type of ratchet clamps don't exert a lot of force, but they are very easy to use and come in super handy around the shop. I have quite a few Irwin 6" and 24" fast grip bar clamps and have mostly been happy with them, but after several years some of them are starting to slip and not tighten as tight. I found some reviews of these Tektons that were positive and the build quality in the pictures looks good so I gave them a try. After using them, I'm very underwhelmed. The button release mechanism can sometimes be harder to release than the Irwin's and my biggest complaint with these is that as you move up to bigger sized clamps, the actual clamping surface and mechanism stay the same size. With the Irwin's as you get bigger clamps, the size of everything else also increases which gives you more clamping area and the larger handle makes it easier to tighten more. With the Tektons the only difference is the length of the bar. The lever hand piece on the Tektons also seems under sized when compared to the Irwin's which feel better in your hand. I'm hoping these will last longer and won't start slipping like some of the Irwins have, but overall I'm not impressed. I always thought of the Irwin's as cheap because of the plastic and that blue color just looks cheap to me, but after comparing them to the Tektons, they seem to be the better quality of the two. The Tekton's definitely work and do the job, but I will go with the Irwin's if I need to buy anymore. 3The release button sucks and will pinch your fingers I guess I should have expected some issues for such a cheap clamp. I would not buy these again.The one I bought will continue to be used, but I pinched my fingers a few times hitting the release button. If you have something clamped tightly, you have to put a lot of pressure on the release button which is kind of a pain. When it suddenly releases, it can pinch your finger which can be quite painful.It does work OK as far as clamping and can apply a decent amount of pressure. I guess it works OK for how cheap it is but this purchase left me disappointed. I own several other Tekton tools i am very happy with, but this clamp is only OK at best.If it didn't have the finger pinching issue this would probably be getting 4 stars. But I'm always afraid for my fingers when releasing it. Either that, or i don't apply as much clamping pressure as i would otherwise because I don't want releasing the clamp to be so painful.I should just throw this away and buy some better clamps. Life's too short for crappy tools. 2Absolute crap I can't unrecommend these enough. I was hoping they'd be helpful for simple jobs like cabinet work, but when you squeeze the trigger mechanism, the internal plastic mounts for it break. I wasn't even using two hands! One broke and the other was fine for a little longer (I bought two and figured one just was faulty) but the other broke shortly after. Making the fulcrum where all force is applied out of plastic was a REALLY poor choice 1and incredibly useful in tight spaces thanks to their small size I purchased two of the 6" clamps. At first sight, I was dubious - would these dainty, lightweight clamps actually hold anything? At first use, they proved to be strong and mighty, and incredibly useful in tight spaces thanks to their small size. As other commenters have said, the release/tighten functions are "backwards" if you're used to working with traditional clamps like Irwin. I often found myself releasing instead of clamping and vice versa, but it's fine once you get used to it. What's not so fine is the durability. One clamp started getting stuck the first day. The trigger would stay depressed making it useless. I thought it was a fluke and kept along my merry DIY'er way with the second one. That one lasted a little longer but only through a few more clampings. I dissected these little guys to see what was going on, and I found the tip of the trigger had worn off causing it to stick below the metal clips that control the movement. Being that the same issue presented itself in both clamps, I momentarily thought this failure was my fault - maybe I'm an aggressive clamper and over-tightened the clamps, stressing the trigger; however, I am not The Hulk and a quality tool should not crumble in my grip. Luckily I like tinkering with things and found that if you pad the trigger, it still functions, so these tools could potentially live through a few more projects. Long story short: if you have a super light touch and don't man-handle your tools, or if you like tinkering and don't mind potentially having to jury rig your tools, these are great little clamps for the price. However, if you prefer a quality tool that lasts and can stand up to strong use, I'd highly suggest looking elsewhere. 2Came broken Was skeptical about the quality for a $4 clamp and sure enough when mine arrived it arrived broken. The small round button that you push to release the clamp had fallen off and was missing. It is not worth $4 to box it up again and drive to the local UPS so I just left it as a failed experiment. 1
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