I hate it when I’m at a friend’s shop and see some cool tool and think “Man I need one of those!”, especially when it’s something that isn’t expensive, and then I go back home and forget about it. Invariably you’ll remember you need it again either when you are in the middle of a project that needs it or you are back at the same shop. Well today I’m going to remind you of a tool you need and give you a link to buy it right this second. Clecos. We all need them. And with pliers you can get kits for as little as $20. And if you shop around you can find kits of all kinds, with a different variety of sizes and types of Cleco clamps that all help you work smarter in the shop.
We’re highlighting this kit from Summit Racing Equipment today, but know that you can find all kinds of them in all sizes at all budgets online as well. Need something bigger? Summit has you handled, as well as Amazon, etc.
Using Clecos is easy. Can you squeeze a pair of pliers? And drill a hole? Then you are all set.
The most common size for the average shop and car guys is going to be the 1/8 inch variety of Cleco, for holding sheet metal together while building your projects. With that said, there are a bunch of other sizes that will help hold heavier items, items you can’t drill holes in, etc. If you have the need to do a lot of sheetmetal work on your ride, and you don’t have Clecos yet, then get them right now. They will help you tremendously. And, you should also think about getting a sheetmetal hole punch to do your Cleco holes and to punch holes for Rosette/Spot welds. It will save you a ton of time and aggravation.
Here is the basic kit from Summit. Everyone needs one.
In fact, here is a real review from someone who bought this kit.
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