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Offline Greenbridge.

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Helping Hands with Glass Magnifier
« on: June 20, 2017, 11:05:05 am »
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What kind of "helping hands with glass magnifier" do you use? I need one because I'm not very young (I'm 60) and the N gauge stuff seems to be a little smaller every day.
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Re: Helping Hands with Glass Magnifier
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2017, 11:46:49 am »
This is the sort I use...............

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Soldering-Clamp-Stand-Magnifier-Glass-Clamps-Modelling-Stand-Helping-Third-Hand-/201959102574?hash=item2f05b3586e:g:jCQAAOSwLN5WkTZC


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I also have some 2x and 5x reading glasses, and for really tricky tasks wear both so I can work 6" from the model.

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Re: Helping Hands with Glass Magnifier
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2017, 12:35:25 pm »
Have one of the many similar units available.
Mine has a tray in the front to hold stuff and a 90mm 1.3x lens which incorporates a small ground area (20mm diameter ) of higher magnification, 2.5x.
Also found one of the many drop-down visors with leds and swapable lenses to be very useful where I want more freedom of movement.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-LED-Magnifying-Visor-Hat-LED-Head-Loupe-Headband-Torch-4-Lens-NEW-/332254144698?hash=item4d5be3e8ba:g:C7UAAOSw5cRZN0QT

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Re: Helping Hands with Glass Magnifier
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2017, 12:44:30 pm »
I have a couple of those helping hands, but to be honest (and to paraphrase Darth Vader)  I find their lack of weight disturbing (actually they really wind me up if I'm in the middle of something tricky and the damn things won't keep still :veryangry: ).

I much prefer a proper adjustable angle vice clamped to the workbench, and I have a magnifying angle-poise lamp I can swing into place if necessary.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/191059659939?chn=ps&dispItem=1&adgroupid=33676502101&rlsatarget=pla-271883372795&abcId=893836&adtype=pla&merchantid=7394634&poi=&googleloc=1006729&device=c&campaignid=707291931&crdt=0
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Re: Helping Hands with Glass Magnifier
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2017, 12:49:13 pm »
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All your answers are very helpful. I'm looking for something like that (90mm lens):


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Re: Helping Hands with Glass Magnifier
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2017, 01:02:47 pm »
That is very similar to mine (tray in front and small higher mag inclusion in the big lens) except mine has a very primitive "functional minimalist" lens attachment and doesn't look as nice.
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Re: Helping Hands with Glass Magnifier
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2017, 01:04:56 pm »
:thankyousign:
All your answers are very helpful. I'm looking for something like that (90mm lens):



Yeah, got one of those kicking about somewhere too - I think father-in-law got it for either myself or my lad.
Don't think we've ever used it, certainly not as a soldering iron stand as again not enough weight to be really stable.
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Re: Helping Hands with Glass Magnifier
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2017, 04:04:56 pm »
I have a set of three Avery scale weights, like this one:
http://thumbs.ebaystatic.com/images/g/0P0AAOSw3utY5jIa/s-l225.jpg

Most free standing magnifiers have the stability issue, and though I can clamp one to the edge of a bench, I'm wondering whether it might not be an idea to drill into the 7 lb weight to fit the upright of the magnifier so that I can place it where I want (hard to clamp to as the sides are sloping.) Might take some time to drill though. :(

I have a 56 lb for the big jobs! Only stability issue then is me, when I'm carrying it! :D
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