There is a new start up tool manufacture out there with a new tool that at first look could be a great tool for workbench, well it is a must have. I have been given the opportunity from Fixo
to try out the prototype and I must say I am very impressed.
The third hand tool comes in its own case with two clips on a separating base.
I have been given access from Fixo
to try their new third hand prototype tool, and I am very thankful to Fixo for the opportunity as this is great tool. The tool consists of a molded plastic base with magnets underneath. On top of the base you find two metal balls with metal arms up to the metal clips. The idea of the tool is the metal balls swivel in there concave pocket any direction and angle you want, allowing for easy positioning for almost any need.
Getting the tool on my workbench, I had to give it a try right away. I am very impressed with the sturdiness of the tool, it feels solid and very well put together. The arms move with ease, and are very positionable. The tool has two arms at either end of the base, but the base can separate providing more flexibility in its use and size of material you might need to work on.
The clips hold very well and have a clear rubber-like coating that helps with the grip and protects the material you are working on. The clips also rotate to provide extra positioning for holding a part at any angle.
I am extremely impressed with the tool, the ease of use, the flexibility, and overall construction. Compared to other third hand tools on the market, with their inflexible bar, nuts and bolts positioning, the Fixo will meet almost every situation with ease. The size of the tool is also a great plus, it does not take up a lot of space on the workbench, and moves around the workbench with ease.
I ran the Fixo
through a couple of tests, holding small parts, holding a fold on a photo-etched part ready glue, holding a part in place for gluing and allowing the glue to dry, and am very impressed with it.
At this time Fixo is a start-up and is looking to get the tool into production through crowd funding, you can learn more about that here
I am totally impressed with this tool, and after using it, could not be without it. The tool is very well constructed, easy to use, and most of all extremely useful on the workbench. I highly recommend this tool, and believe the uses are unlimited.