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This high-quality Cincinnati Tool Co. clamp came to my possession padless. But with the help of a replacement pad, I was able to completely rehabilitate it.

Last week I showed how to source and install a missing swivel pad over the ball of a clamp’s screw. That kind of pad only works in a ball and socket situation, so what can we do with clamps that don’t have a ball at the end of the screw? 

Many small clamps and mounting clamps have a pad that is installed over the thread-less end of the screw. Then, via pressure of a press, the screw’s stem is flared or mushroomed out to prevent the pad from detaching. Over time the flared metal can break off – which leads to the detachment of the pad and often to its disappearing. Luckily, I think that I found a readymade remedy that will fix this issue. 

Not so long I have had an old US-made forged steel c-clamp that came to my possession pad-less.


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