Heavy Duty Cast Iron Base * 2-1/2-Inch, 2X Magnifying Glass for Precision Work without Eyestrain * Dual Alligator Spring Clamps Hold Workpiece Steady * Mirror and Clamps are Mounted on Adjustable Ball Joints to Position and View Work at any Angle * Frees Hands for Soldering, Gluing, Positioning, Fastening, and Assembly TEKTON 7521 Helping Hand with Magnifier features: Heavy Duty Cast Iron Base. Two Alligator Clamps Hold Light Materials Steady. 2X, 2-1/2" Magnifying Glass for Precision Work without Eyestrain. Adjustable Ball Joints Position and Hold Work at any Angle. Frees Hands for Soldering, Gluing, Positioning, Fastening, and Assembly
It's not machined perfectly, but as far as I can tell, the flaws are only cosmetic. It functions as well as similar products that cost three times the price. The base is heavy enough to keep it from tipping over, the clips hold securely, and all the mechanical parts operate as they should. For the $4 price, you can't buy a better product.One note, while it says "Michigan Industrial Tools", it is, in fact, manufactured in China.
I wish they made these without the (in my opinion) useless magnifier. Just like my previous set of helping hands, the first thing I did was remove the magnifying glass entirely.In its place, I moved one of the hands into that position. For me, they work better with the arms closer together.I also added some non-slip material to the underside of the base. The base is weighted, but not heavy enough, so without the non-slip material, it has a tendency to slide around.
The magnifying glass is pretty good and the clamps hold your projects pretty well. Though there are some minor issues to bring up. The screws were tightened a little too tightly, you may have to use pliers to adjust them. The alligator clips (as all alligator clips come with this problem) tend to leave teeth marks on your projects, so don't leave them on for too long unless you don't mind having the bite marks on your PCB or wires. And lastly the base is very small, so using it on lightweight or small proje..