We all know that you can never have too many clamps and acquiring a sufficient collection of clamps takes alot of money and usually alot of time.
A while back I purchased two bessey 3/4 pipe clamps for $13.00 each and two 2ft threaded pipe nipples for about $8.00 each. This came out to around $22.00 per clamp.
Recently i was at harbour freight. I will first say that i have a love hate relationship with this store. Their blades and bits are not worth a crap. However, i have bought several bar clamps and c-clamps and have no complaints. Anyways, the other day i purchased a couple of their 3/4 in. pipe clamps. I can find no difference when i compare these to my bessey clamps other than they dont come with the little rubber thingy that slips over the pressure plates.(my own terminology) These clamps are on sale for $3.99.
I went to a local steel supplier and bought a joint of 3/4 in black pipe(21ft.) for $25.01. With a chop saw, i cut this down to 3 two footers, 2 three footers, and 2 four footers. This gave me 7 pipes of various lengths, all for $25.00. Fortunatly i was able to borrow a pipe threader.
My point here is that this can be done for around $55 or $60. I got seven pipe clamps out of this and it comes out to around $8.00 per clamp. And once again i can see no advantage to the more expensive clamps.
I hope this helps some of you guys who are trying to figure out an economical way to fill your shop wth more clamps.
P.S. Be safe through the hectic holiday season, and i hope you all have a merry Christmas.