I bought these to improve an older pipe clamp. It raised the clamp up just a little and made it easier to use the clamps. I recommend them for older clamps. It is a completely satisfactory way to upgrade older clamps.
I have started to use these on prefinished jobs and have had great results. The clamps do not leave any marks on the working piece at all. I have had a few pads break as the others have mentioned, but it is well worth the buck a piece to protect the surface and not struggle with little blocks you make yourself that can easily slide off depending on your procedure. I always have an extra pack or 2 on hand in case of breakage. I currently have 48 clamps that I use every day from Rockler and couldn't be happier.
This product is ok and fits well. I was expecting them to be more "rubbery like" and not like rigid hard plastic. I can see why they would get brittle and break with time and use. Would I buy them again? probably not
Not ready to install out of box, but workable and effective
Some cutting was required to get the pads to fit on my old Sears and Roebuck 9-67674 3/4" pipe clamps and on my 1/2" Pony pipe clamps. However, after cutting the pads seem to fit snugly and work as desired.
The pads I received were so hard that they would not slide onto the clamps. I heated about 16 ounces of water to 180F in the microwave and then soaked the pads in the water for a few minutes. The pads were then quickly fished out, dried off and pressed onto the clamps. So far, so good. Time will tell if they don't crack. I have not used the clamps yet, but I am concerned that they will indent the wood due to the hardness of the plastic. (The old orange clamp pads from 35 years ago, on my other pipe clamps, are still soft and functional.)
The first ones k received were broken before I ever used them. Looked like a molding defect when they were made. Rockler replaced them with no hassle what so ever. New ones seem fine and because they are nice and large, they don't make dents into the wood when the clamps are tightened. Chuck. June 2016
They don't fit Pony pipe clamps or antique Jorgensen bar clamps. They are harder plastic than the Pony brand pads, but not being able to find the Pony pads I tried these. They split almost on the first use, because they don't fit Pony clamps.
I bought a set a few years ago. While it is nice to have the clamp ends covered for protection, two of mine cracked after just a couple of uses. I never complained to Rockler because they were cheap to buy. I would think that they would come up with a better material though so users didn’t have this issue.
I thought these would be a hard rubber or rubber like substance. For lack of better description, they are hard plastic. They are difficult to get on. The ears on either side of the slot are bent in; after math of the heat process that made them. That's the problem, putting pressure on the edges which causes it to snap. You have to heat it to get it on, like real hot H2O. Also don't like the slippy smooth face. Lost one pair already. Watching for delayed cracking with use.
Way oversized for the clamps and gets in the way a lot of the places I needed them. They can't be cut down because the inside pocket is too large for the metal end as well. I also bought too many of them because of the way they were advertised.
Wanted to put these on my pony clamps for extra padding. Couldn't open the package to see/feel the product. Bought them anyway due to a low price point but was disappointed when I got home and they were hard plastic. Needed to heat them to adapt to the pony ends and during clamping the made some pretty deep impressions on my waste piece.
Hello , I must say I was not happy to have clamp pads that are harder than a soft wood. I am looking for a replacement for the soft but firm Jorgensen clamp pads I seem to misplace . These are hard and leave a mark when drawn up tight , I returned them , so go figure, m
I used these on Rockler's bar clamps and all have cracked and split with medium use. Rockler sent me one replacement package of 4 and they also have cracked and split. Not worth the money and very disappointing.
These things are junk. It doesn't matter whether they are cold or warm. Within a year they will crack, fall off, and be of no use. Why aren't they made of rubber like the old Jorgensens were. I've had them for over 30 years on my old clamps and they are still going strong!