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Silverline 282589 Heavy Duty Helping Hands 90mm 3x

by Silverline Tools
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
RRP: 8.74
Price: 7.61 (24.31 / kg) & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
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  • Heavy duty helping hands
  • Secures objects for soldering
  • Includes two crock clips
  • Includes soldering iron holder
  • Includes 3 x magnifyer
  • Weighted base with sponge
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Silverline 282589 Heavy Duty Helping Hands 90mm 3x + Silverline 633609 Metal Solder Sucker 185mm + Silverline AS16 Solder 20g
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Technical Details
Part Number 282589
Item Weight313 g
Product Dimensions0.1 x 0.1 x 0.2 cm
Item model number282589
Item Package Quantity1
Number Of Pieces1
Batteries Included?No
Batteries Required?No
Weight315 grams
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 4,130 in DIY & Tools (See top 100)
Shipping Weight689 g
Delivery Destinations:Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
Date First Available1 May 2007

Product Description

Product Description

A versatile hobby tool for securing objects when soldering or for jobs that require extra precision. This tool leaves your hands free to get on with the work. Includes two heavy-duty crock clips, a soldering iron holder, 90 mm diameter 3 x magnifier and a weighted base with sponge.

Manufacturer's Description

Versatile hobby tool for securing objects when soldering or for jobs that require precision. Leaves hands free. Includes 2 heavy duty crock clips, soldering iron holder, plus weighted base with sponge.

Recognised and trusted throughout the UK and Europe, Silverline’s comprehensive range of tools meets both current and future demands. New products, utilising the latest technology, are being delivered every day, ensuring Silverline customers get the very latest tools.

The Silverline range includes over 5000 hand and power tools for use in the home, garden and workshop. All Silverline tools come with unbeatable guarantees - hand tools are guaranteed for life, and power tools are guaranteed for 3 years.

Subjected to thorough testing, Silverline delivers tools that comply with the very latest standards in quality and safety. Through continuous monitoring and improvement of our suppliers, we supply tools that are approved and certified with long guarantees, so you can be sure you’re investing in the best tools on the market today.

Silverline cares about the environment. As our products are sourced from factories around the world, we run continuous improvement programmes to ensure we only deliver quality tools that comply with the very latest environmental standards.

Silverline is committed to supporting human rights and upholding moral and ethical standards. We monitor our supply chain closely through a controlled programme of factory audits and assessments. To pass our audit, all suppliers must actively comply with all relevant local and international legislation and demonstrate a good, safe and healthy working environment.

Product Safety

This product is subject to specific safety warnings
  • Warning: Only for domestic use

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
By V'ger
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I have been doing small soldering jobs since I was a kid, but I never got to buy one of these extremely useful tools (which can be really essential to keep very small parts and contacts still and perfectly visible), until I found this one, with a very attractive price, on Amazon, so I decided to give it a try (also because now I am a little far-sighted, and I really need a magnifier to do very small soldering jobs of any kind)...

Unfortunately, the tool turned out to be almost useless, for various quality issues... Although the tool is actually _very_ sturdy and apparently made with heavy and durable materials, it has some clear design/manufacturing issues:

The base, although rather heavy, has a way too small footprint, compared to the huge magnifier and the pole/clips structure, which are also extremely heavy. Therefore, there is a high risk of toppling over the entire contraption, especially if you are going to put some heavier items between the clips.

Most importantly, the screws that keep in place _all_ the arms and the magnifier _cannot_ be tightened enough to keep every piece in its place properly, even applying a lot of torque to tighten them, since there is clearly some manufacturing defect. Therefore, it is almost impossible to keep the arms in their place, and even the magnifier tends to bend down easily.

Finally, even the solder "cage" cannot be fixed properly with its very small screw, which is extremely dangerous while soldering, since the base is so small, and the cage is very near to the arms, so there is even the risk of getting burned while soldering, IMHO...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All it could be? 4 Jan 2011
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Having read other reviews of this product, I was in two minds as to whether to get this or a lighter-duty item. After considering my eyesight, I plumped for this because of the magnifying glass.

So, was I delighted or disappointed?

Well, a bit of both, really...

Unlike some reviewers, I have no quibbles with the stability (but, then, I turn the clips to face the back, and have the magnifying glass over the sponge - yes, I did get one in my box - with the clamp upside-down, which evens out the weight distribution well enough for me...

However, the screw for the soldering-iron holder won't screw in well enough to come anywhere near the stem of the holder itself, let alone think of starting to tighten it down (some loosening and tightening, as if tapping a new thread, is called for, I think). And the 'silky' nature of the metal doesn't really allow anything to grip tightly enough to stay for long - but that may become less of a problem with age and use.

All-in-all then, it deserves a 3.7 / 3.8, being let down by the points above, but being saved by the value (4.69 with the VAT at 17.5%, possibly becoming 4.78/9 at 20% VAT), and I'd recommend it, but warn you not to expect too much of it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silverline 282589 Heavy-Duty Helping Hands 16 Oct 2009
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A terrific little device. After years of botched soldering jobs this tool makes things so much easier. An extra pair of hands and a place to hold the hot iron. Excellent! The magnifying glass is very useful for minute detailed work.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 19 Dec 2009
By Ant
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I bought this for model making. The soldering iron holder (and everything else) is removable if you don't need it. Very good quality for the price - I see it lasting for many years (and if you register your purchase online it is guaranteed forever according to the info on the side of the box). The crocodile clips can also be replaced. The sponge shown in the picture in the base is not supplied with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Value for money and solid build quality 5 Mar 2010
The stand has a decently weighted base for stability, with easily adjustable, double-hinged clips which remain in place once set up. I am not too sure the lens will be of great use: a smaller glass on a longer arm would more easily be held at a sufficient distance from the work-piece to magnify it usefully: I would have preferred an additional holder-arm (I have added one, and having four clips enables more complex work without re-positioning). The soldering iron holder sets it apart from similar devices and adds functionality to what is proving a very useful tool.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars all good 9 July 2011
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bargain price, everything as good as can be expected - if you want something cheap to help with the occasional soldering job (or just for melting bits of tar on sunny days with the magnifying glass), then this will do the trick. If you are after something more serious, perhaps look elsewhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 28 Mar 2011
By TedMaul
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Don't know what others are complaining about, very sturdy, very strong and easy to adjust. Been making models, building RC cars since I was a lad and wish Id had one of these donkeys years ago.
Turned up in 24hours on free delivery from Frilioth, simply superb all round
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what I wanted 28 Feb 2011
By john56
This item proved to be excellent value for a surprisingly cheap price. It is small so make sure that it is big enough for whatever you are working on. The magnifier is good and adjustable and allows you to use both hands as it says.
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