Quick Release On/Off Magnet
Magnets are no strangers to metal fabrication. In every fabricator's workshop you'll find an abundance of various magnets. Like C-clamps and F-clamps, magnets can be used efficiently for a wide variety of applications. No matter what application it is, one thing that is common in all magnet situations is when you get close to the work piece the magnet will "jump" toward the metal, regardless if you planned to place the magnet there or not. Granted this action isn't necessarily a matter of life and death when fabricating, but it can be quite the nuisance. Trying to align a piece of metal and setting the magnet in the correct location can be quite frustrating at times. With one hand you're trying to align the magnet on a panel-even though the magnet is perfectly content where it landed-and with the other hand you're trying to align your patch piece, while the magnet tries to pull your patch piece in all different directions. Undoubtedly a situation we've all faced. Once again, Hobart has created a product to help aid this situation, their Quick Release magnet. This new magnet is a standard jig magnet-with 45 degree, 90 degree or 135 degree capabilities-only it has one big advantage, an on/off switch. By simply turning the on/off switch on the magnet one can engage and disengage it. With this simple switch one can align accurate fit-up without fighting the magnetic field. Then once in position, by simply turning the switch the tool engages a firm hold.
When the word Cleco comes to the forefront, many have no clue what the subject matter is. But whether or not you can recall what Clecos are, odds are you've probably seen them before. Take the movie Days of Thunder for instance-a movie all auto enthusiasts have surely seen. In the scene where Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall) is putting together Cole's first car in the barn (you know, the scene where he is talkin' to the car about shapin' it like a bullet and so on), he has used Clecos to piece together the sheetmetal of the car, which in turn made it look like Pinhead from Hellraiser. Familiar now?
Clecos are small, bulletlike, spring-loaded clamps that are versatile enough for just about any type of sheetmetal fabrication one can throw at them. Originally, Clecos were developed for the aerospace industry; they're what hold planes together before they are riveted, but seeing the benefit of the temporary fasteners hot rodders have established Clecos as a must in sheetmetal fabrication. As usual, The Eastwood Company has concocted a Cleco kit that is suitable for both the professional and the hobbyist. To use Clecos, simply drill a 1/8-inch hole, and then use the pliers to compress the internal spring, and insert the Cleco into the hole. Once the pliers are let up, the spring engages the Cleco pin and provides roughly 20 lbs of holding power. The Eastwood Clecos also have a grip range of up to 1/4-inch. And when it comes to the thickness of sheetmetal, a 1/4-inch is like miles of country road.
Eastwood also includes side-grip Clecos in their kit. While traditional Clecos are good for joining overlapping panels together, one thing they can not clamp is edges. For that reason, side-grip Clecos are thrown in the mix. Like a standard Cleco, side-grip Clecos are spring loaded fasteners that are used in conjunction with pliers. However, instead of drilling a hole to insert a Cleco, side-grip fasteners clamp work material together like a traditional clamp: one end being fixed and the other providing tension. The Eastwood side-grip fasteners have a 1 1/4-inch depth with a 9/16-inch maximum opening, a range suitable for a wide variety of sheetmetal work, such as fender edges and the like.