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#1 posted 02-24-2010 12:10 AM

Depends on what you are doing. BUT… For the most part, I seem to use my 6” and 12” bar clamps, and my strap clamps the most. Every now and then I use my 24” and 36” not to mention the pipe clamps, but it is infrequent…

Watch Harbor Freight for sales on their F bar clamps… I know a lot of their stuff is junk but the clamps I list below are widely considered “HF Gems”...

You will want item #s…

#96210 6” Bar Clamp. I paid $1.99 each for mine. #96214 12” Bar Clamp. I paid $2.99 each for mine. #96211 18” Bar Clamp. I don’t have any 18”, but they go for $3.99 on sale… #96213 24” Bar Clamp. I paid $4.99 each for mine. #96487 36” Bar Clamp. I paid $5.99 each for mine.

On top of the bar clamps I also got…

#45975 18 Piece PVC Spring Clamp Set. I think I paid $8.99 for the set.

DO NOT buy any of the clamps that are the Ratcheting Bar Clamps. Those things are utter junk and not worth the gas to go get them…

Not HF related…

I have picked up a couple of the BigHorn 19632 strap clamps. Cheapies yeah, fiber reinforced PVC construction yeah, but GREAT for the dollars they sell for. IF I were willing to spend more, I would go with the Bessey Vario clamps instead…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com


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