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RadioShack® Helping Hands with Magnifier

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 | Catalog #: 64-079
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Product Summary

Assistance when you need it.

When your soldering project needs an extra set of hands, RadioShack has the solution. The Helping Hands with Magnifier help you get the job done. The "hands" can hold items as small as jewelry and as large as a circuit board. In addition, it's equipped with a cleaning sponge and soldering iron holder.

  • Steel construction with an iron base & ball and socket armatures; durable and resistant to tipping
  • Keeps your iron or similar tool within reach and safely out of the work area
  • Can hold objects as small as jewelry or as large as circuit boards
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  • Parts: 1 lifetime
  • Labor: 1 lifetime
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Customer Reviews

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RadioShack® Helping Hands with Magnifier
 
3.1

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (7)
  • Effective (6)
  • Well built / quality (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (9)
  • Not effective (4)
  • Poor quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Small projects (9)
  • Home repair (6)
  • Large projects (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (7), Casual do-it-yourselfer (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (14)

Reviewed by 14 customers

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4.0

Well worth it for the price

By Bruno R.

from Philadelphia, PA

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Works Effectively

Cons

  • Flimsy Construction

Best Uses

  • Gifts
  • Small Projects

Comments about RadioShack® Helping Hands with Magnifier:

I use this product to aid my iPhone and ipod repairs when soldering/desoldering connections from/to the main board. It has been very effective. I noticed people complaining about the thumb screws; I ended up breaking off all the plastic thumb screw covers and using a standard Phillips head screwdriver to adjust the tension of the screws. After that I must say this product is really good for the price. I highly recommend for small projects.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
5.0

Great Gift Idea

By Wife

from Newport Beach, CA

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Strong
  • Sturdy case
  • Versatile
  • Works Effectively

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Repair
    • Large Projects
    • Small Projects

    Comments about RadioShack® Helping Hands with Magnifier:

    I bought this as a gift for my spouse and he really was delighted and showing it off to all his male buddies.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Not bad for the price

    By n2kpr

    from SW Adirondacks NY

    About Me Beginner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Strong
    • Sturdy case
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • Small Projects

    Comments about RadioShack® Helping Hands with Magnifier:

    The magnification is 1.5x and thumb screws had to be tightened with pliers otherwise not to shabby.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    **Do not buy**

    By Nicolas Edwards

    from Rogers, AR

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • None

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction
    • Not Effective
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • Garbage can filler

    Comments about RadioShack® Helping Hands with Magnifier:

    As soon as I tried to use it I could tell I had made a terrible purchase. Everyone commenting on the base being to small and not heavy enough are correct. My big issue is that no matter how you tighten things it flips and flops. I have 2 screws so far, the ones with the plastic thumb screw part connected to the metal screw, that are stripped. The thumb part turns but the screw does not. They also made it all out of polished metal. Come on radio shack, tell the suplier to leave the bars and ball joints rough. Then when you tighten stuff it will have something to grab to. Do not buy this it is a waste of money. Buy your stuff online from someone else unless radio shack gets with the program.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not worth the money

    By Kelvin

    from Texas

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Cost

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction
    • Not Effective
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • Light Duty Wire Wicking

    Comments about RadioShack® Helping Hands with Magnifier:

    I needed helping hands while doing an emergency repair on the road while traveling. My local Radio Shack had two in stock. I opened the package before purchasing and found problems with the tightening mechanism for the magnifying glass and one gator clip was bent. The magnifier lens wouldn't tighten into position and flopped around helplessly. I opened the second package and between the two I was able to mix parts and make a unit that works. At home I found the device to be functional but frustrating. The adjustments you make will not stay in position, there is very little weight this unit can hold firmly and the short height of the unit keeps you too close to your work. The gator clips to don't extend into the view of the magnifying lens. The magnifier is weak and I had to add a makeshift 1.5x to it.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    It does the job for small projects

    By JUKE179r

    from La$ Vega$

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Base is too small
    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

    • Small Projects

    Comments about RadioShack® Helping Hands with Magnifier:

    This is a good product to use when you need a third hand to help solder or to hold items for small jobs. It is fairly small in comparison to other 3rd hand clamping devises and this is cheap. The first thing I did when I opened it from the plastic container is that I removed the solder pen holder and the magnify glass due to it possibly tipping over while in use. Basically, It does the job for small projects.

    I gave this a 3 rating because of the small base on it. The base should have been bigger and wider so it isn't so top heavy when using circuit boards. Also, the screws/wingnuts that hold the clamping arms don't stay in place even if you crank down on them. You have to twist and turn them certain ways to get the arms from drooping downward from the weight.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Get a panavise instead

    By coxwilly

    from Arlington, WA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction
      • Not Effective
      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about RadioShack® Helping Hands with Magnifier:

        Buy a panavise instead. This is hard to work with.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Helpful most of the time

        By An Anonymous Robo-Noob

        from Blairsville, PA

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Works Effectively

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

        • Hobby work
        • Home Repair

        Comments about RadioShack® Helping Hands with Magnifier:

        It does as the packaging says. A helpful third hand when you run out of hands to work with. The magnifier allows one to check their solder job, the soldering iron holder works for non-station irons, and the sponge works well to clean the tip. My only complaint is the flimsy feel of the whole thing... It would be nice if they redesigned the base to be more sturdy while keeping the nifty sponge. It still works, but you have to spin the magnifier and clips to the side with the sponge to keep it standing.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great tool for the money

        By enthusiast

        from kearney, Ne,

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Strong
        • Works Effectively

        Cons

        • Top heavy

        Best Uses

        • Home Repair
        • Large Projects
        • Small Projects

        Comments about RadioShack® Helping Hands with Magnifier:

        now i bought this to help me be more efficient in what i do. every one was right about this thing being top heavy, but there is a solution to this problem. it needs a bigger base, and something to hold the screws in place. well i fixed this problem by adding a bigger base, and countersink some small holes holes on the pole part halfway up just for the clamps part. now i say if you see it grab it while you have the chance it worth it.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        [$] not too well spent!

        By Barry the Review guy.

        from Corralejo, Spain

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

        • Home Repair
        • Small Projects

        Comments about RadioShack® Helping Hands with Magnifier:

        My experience is similar to one of the other reviewers, I was in the States on holiday last year, (Newark!!)and just had to check out Radioshack, seen it mentioned many times on the net, Anyway, I saw one of these helping hands tools and decided to buy one. Its not too bad for the price, works for a while but as another reviewer said, the magnifying glass is a bit too top-heavy for the size of the base. I kept it on a shelf here in Spain and unfortunately, either the heat or the humidity or both caused the magnifying glass "frame" to come unstuck, resulting in the glass popping out and smashing on the floor, where i found it one morning in bits and pieces. Also the whole frame has rusted causing the ball joints and screws to become less than effective. All in all not a bad idea, but because of a few little flaws, it has been rendered next to useless. With a little more thought going into the design, bigger base, stronger glue, and better steel, this little item could be sold for a few dollars more, and could be a tool to keep for a lifetime. Id prefer to spend 25 dollars on a lifetime tool than to spend [$] on something that lasted me only a few months. One users comment about the tip of the iron touching the table is a bit misleading by the way, the idea is to swivel the holder so that the tip goes inward, not outward.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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