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The t-bolt type clamps are great where they fit but they're a little more robust than most applications require. They also take up a lot of space and often hose tails are not long enough or there simply isn't space. I guess overkill never did any real harm but they're a bit heavy for me. I use these on large diameter pipes like exhausts and cockpit drains.
For hoses like water intakes for heads, galley and shower drians, engine piping and so on I use the perforated type simply because they don't strip easily. So they cut into the hose a little, doesn't bother me. I think it's easier to see a perf clamp that is likely to fail due to corrosion than a non-perf one that's about to strip.
Obviously they should be used in pairs, tightened with a spanner, not a screwdriver and should be regularly checked. I've had a few break over the years but they have never caused me any special problems being that they are in pairs.
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