Went to my local Ace hardware yesterday to buy some hose clamps since they are (were) the only place left around here that had good American made clamps, in this case Tridon which is about the best IMO. I was really disappointed to see that the only Tridons they had left was the 1" and every thing else was no-name "made in you-know-where"
I searched all over town and finally found some at Advance Auto (Ideal brand) that are quality USA made but Ideal clamps seem made more for plastic pipe than rubber hose so the smaller ones are quite bulky and awkward but at least they are dependable and very strong. Some of the clamps I looked at could be easily, and I do mean EASILY, twisted out of shape and even broken with your bare hands and I am sure that they would break long before they got tight enough, I have no idea what they could be used for but certainly not a radiator or heater hose! Don't know for sure where I will get hose clamps now but I use quite a few of them so I guess I need to find a source for the Tridons and stock up. This scrounge of Chinese junk is going to be the end of us all if it continues but I see no end in sight and I guess part of the problem looks at me from the mirror every morning but this just may be the wake up call I needed.