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Silverline Heavy-Duty Helping Hands £4.69 Delivered @ Amazon
Silverline Heavy-Duty Helping Hands £4.69 Delivered @ Amazon

Silverline Heavy-Duty Helping Hands £4.69 Delivered @ Amazon

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A versatile hobby tool for securing objects when soldering or for jobs that require extra precision. This tool leaves your hands free to get on with the work. Includes two heavy-duty crock clips, a soldering iron holder, 90 mm diameter 3 x magnifier and a weighted base with sponge.

* Heavy duty helping hands
* Secures objects for soldering
* Includes two crock clips
* Includes soldering iron holder
* Includes 3 x magnifyer
* Weighted base with sponge

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Read the reviews before you buy!

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SHOWMAN36

Read the reviews before you buy!



mixed tbh. always found that reviews are unreliable unless unanimous.

I've got it. There are issues with it - the magnifying glass is hard to position and if you wanted to hold something pretty small with both arms they have to be pointing right in towards the middle which might not give you the grip position you want. This could all be solved if one of the grips was able to slide on the middle rod. But anyway, for the price it's well worth having. I haven't had any trouble screwing the soldering iron holder securely and did get the sponge. You do have to be sensible and put the holder spring not out the back of it because otherwise it would tip over. If you don't work that out you shouldn't be allowed to have a soldering iron.

I am going to use it to examine the small print I missed in my marriage contract.

Silverline are cheap and poorly made. Toolstation sell a lot of this brand and I have given up on them. Fine if you expect something to use it the once but certainly not something that will last.

Worth a try for that price!

Hmm, this is a tough one - good price but looks like it's a good price for a reason. i suppose if the thing is pants then it's a false economy.

Surely, if this is the sort of thing you need, you'll already have one?

Thanks for the heads up. I was thinking of getting something like this and couldn't remember what they were called. Also didn't realise they were so cheap.

In the end I went for this one:
amazon.co.uk/Sil…y_1
It's a little cheaper and gets better reviews (but not spring or sponge).

There's an even cheaper Ronson one for £3.87!


amazon.co.uk/Rol…top

austinc

mixed tbh. always found that reviews are unreliable unless unanimous.



"Helping hands" can be a pita to use, so I wouldn't be surprised to see a few bad ones...

Though reading some, they do tend to match what I have experienced. Stuff like not being able to tighten screws in the arms enough to stop them from moving - seen that loads before. Toppling is a problem with even "larger" footprints, they should learn to rest the pcb half on the worktop etc.

Seems like an average price for an average product. Why would you take that one over this one?

amazon.co.uk/Hel…-13

Not voted either way.

you can get a professional set from farnell for £4.50

http://uk.farnell.com/duratool/d00269/clamp-tool-with-magnifier/dp/1367049?crosssellid=1367049&crosssell=true


not sure what their delivery policy is tho, not used them for a while

nixymail

Hmm, this is a tough one - good price but looks like it's a good price … Hmm, this is a tough one - good price but looks like it's a good price for a reason. i suppose if the thing is pants then it's a false economy.


you dont need to pay much to get good helping hands, sub £5 is the going rate. see above.
Edited by: "spaceinvader" 18th Feb 2011

I needed one for absolutely ages for the all the times I've needed to solder a resistor onto an LED. I bought one from the Bay of E and it made my last project *so* much easier, though mine was £3.50 and didn't have the iron sponge or holder. Plus I use the magnifying glass as counter weight most of the time to stop it toppling as it's hard to put the glass in the right place for focus.

If you're going to solder anything, having a poor one is better than none at all.
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