Woodenspoke Posted January 21, 2009 Report Share Posted January 21, 2009 Been thinking about the SM fret Press and making my own. One reservation is the standard C clamp Vice Grips everyone uses. I have narrowed down my choices to using the Vice grip SM uses or the UK made Lockjaw. Both are self locking Pliers with auto adjust no huge screw to play with, set the tension and you are done. The LockJaw is readily available everywhere in the US. Now it took me a while to track down what brand of Pliers are used to make the SM Fret Press. I am sure Soapbar knew but he keeps those secrets to himself, Ha. Anyway here is the secret (at least to me it was)the Facom 506, made in France but the company is now owned by Stanley. These are hard to find pliers in the US. It is also not a cheap pair of Vice Grips. However the layout of the upper jaw makes it ideal to attach the fixed rail too and the Hinged jaw on the 506 is also ideal to attach the Press body too. However the tool must be used upside down? As you can see up close it is OK but not exceptional in its construction. The LockJaw is under $20 but requires more work to modify. Not sure it will be as good? Maybe someone can share their SM Fret Jaws experiences so I can decide if I want to fork over $70 or less. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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