Description: This is a solderer’s best helper, the third hand. Comes with a heavy base, two alligator clips, a soldering iron holder, and a good magnifying glass. Note that we don’t normally need a third hand. It’s nice, but soldering flat on a table works just fine. Then again, the desk is starting to look like a mine field of burn marks and melted pot holes.
What we’ve found with many of these cheaper third hand is the lack of stability. The small base on this unit does not make the problem any better. However, with some creativity, you can make it more stable. We also really enjoyed the fact that this unit has a iron holder. Cheap fire-starting soldering irons often do not include a holding stand - this third hand can help prevent accidents and melt marks in the dining room table.
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Pretty solid stand. I only planned on using the actual hands but the magnifying glass/iron stand comes off (I’m also fairly certain that if you put an iron in it the whole thing would tip. The base is heavy but not that heavy). I also recommend putting a piece of heat shrink tubing on either jaw of each hand so whatever you’re holding isn’t scratched.
Like many similar products and their respective reviews, don’t expect it to be terribly sturdy, especially if you plan on using the iron-holder. It works well enough as a “third-hand,” though, and is FAR better than not having an alternative. Proceed with caution, but if budgetary considerations leave this or nothing, go with this.
Hi, You are right, this is a more basic third hand. If you need one that is more robust, have a look at this one! https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11784 Happy hacking
As others mentioned the base is a little small but that didn’t bother me at all because I just taped a old HDD magnet to the table and that stuck so well to the bottom of this thing that it started pulling the duct tape off the table rather than letting go of the 3rd hand. Bottom line I could put a 1lb soldering iron in the holder and it won’t fall over.