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 Post subject: Would this work
PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:14 pm 
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Wondering if this style clamp would work to release the spring pressure from a springer

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/Bar-And ... /8041656.p

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/Bar-And ... /2910351.p

Are these strong enough?
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 Post subject: Re: Would this work
PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:16 pm 
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i use one of those bought from CT, it does work, but somewhat unstable

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 Post subject: Re: Would this work
PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:22 pm 
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The swivel head makes that type of clamp very unsafe for a spring compresser. Tha pipe clamp with the square face and little feet for sitting on the bench, work great.

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 Post subject: Re: Would this work
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This is what I used http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maste ... z36m8rD_4Y

in that the clamp end stays stationary and looks easier to apply compression.
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 Post subject: Re: Would this work
PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:34 pm 
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HarryEClark wrote:
This is what I used http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maste ... z36m8rD_4Y

in that the clamp end stays stationary and looks easier to apply compression.
Harry

Yep thats the one. Thanks Harry for the pic link.

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 Post subject: Re: Would this work
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Thx for the tips
how does this get mounted?

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 Post subject: Re: Would this work
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You would need to buy threaded 3/4" pipe to whatever length you think you would need. The longer, the heavier it would be.
The clamp end threads onto the pipe. The other end slips onto the pipe and self locks when clamping.
The advantages are:
Base legs, clamp (vise end) stays at the pipe end, nothing to interfere. Clamp handle gives better leverage to compress gun spring (when putting gun back together)

If you search this and other forums you will also see home made vise clamps.
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 Post subject: Re: Would this work
PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:08 pm 
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You,ll need a pipe of the diameter of the clamp threaded at one end. Cdn tire carries them also. You should make a couple of v shaped rests to hold the gun in place that straddle the clamp pipe. Otherwise as the trigger group exits the back of the gun, it becomes floppy because all thats holding on is a spring . And you need one hand to turn the clamp handle. It can be done easily enough, but soo much easier with restc. Also no worries about the gun slipping and possibly getting scratched .

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 Post subject: Re: Would this work
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I would first decide if you need a compressor at all. The Phantom I can compress with my thumb, if that's the gun you meant. Another option might be the pix below. I've never needed a compressor, nor have I ever used one, but I did think up a design for a friend. I made did it thinking about lowest cost, easiest to build, and I believe (aside from not using one at all) the fastest.
If you make one all I ask is you post a pix and how it worked.
As for the clamp deal, many have done that, it's just not ideal. If I did the clamp route I'd go with the one using the 3/4 pipe, without question. It has leverage to crank, and rubber pads to hold the gun from slipping off. Are you taking it apart for tuning, curiosity?


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