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If you have never bought a good clamp, Do it now with the Bessey.

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Review by Schimmel posted 06-01-2012 09:19 PM 5056 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have never spent any real money on clamps and now that I have I now regret not doing it sooner. I dropped the coin to get some Bessey Revo clamps and cant believe how much I like them. So much I wanted to share.
Here is a short video review.
http://youtu.be/J4KMRo0bdVs

-- Chad, Gilbert AZ www.impeccablepen.com and www.youtube.com/user/ctschimmel




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#1 posted 06-01-2012 09:34 PM

Bessey clamps are good but in my opinion they are not the best ,In many reviews Jet clamps come out on top. Even though I own about 30 Bessey clamps but the Jet clamps are so much easier to work with because of their release trigger. In the video almost all clamps are better than the HF model so of course Bessey’s are going to be better than them. Bessey’s are good clamps but for the same amount of Money folks can have Jets. I don’t mean to rain on your parade but I thought I would give my input before others that are looking for upgraded clamps might also look at Jet’s clamps.
Thanks for your Review.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-01-2012 09:58 PM

Welcome to the wonderful world of Bessey !!
I have no problems with mine other than wishing that I had waxed the steel bars before glue got on them and turned them black….I have the pre-Revo models and also recently bought some Jorgensen parallel clamps on sale . Haven’t used them yet , but they are beefy and well constructed : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 06-01-2012 10:29 PM

I started building up my clamp collection using the bessey’s, and I have to agree, they are great! They make glue-ups go so much better, its great!

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#4 posted 06-01-2012 11:49 PM

I have some K-Body clamps, they work pretty good. My two issues are with the clamp faces falling off really easy and if a little glue gets on the bar it can jam up the sliding head. However they have great clamping force and remain pretty square under high force.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#5 posted 06-02-2012 02:05 PM

”clamp faces falling off ” ??
Never heard of that happening and really can’t picture it with my K-bodies…have you contacted Bessey with the issue , or the store you bought them from ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 06-02-2012 03:21 PM

Another one bites the Dust…

No I’m not talking about Queen…

Bessey use to be that best. til Jet hit the market…

I own both the difference is day n night...

-- Rick

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#7 posted 06-02-2012 06:57 PM

I have a bunch of k body and I’m going to slowly trade them for jet when I find great deals.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#8 posted 06-02-2012 07:42 PM

Where’s a good place to purchase the jet clamps?

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#9 posted 06-02-2012 07:50 PM

Amazon.com when they go on sale…

12” (2 pack) = $46.58
24” (2 pack) = $56.72
31” (2 pack) = $59.37
40” (2 pack) = $61.49

-- Rick

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#10 posted 06-02-2012 07:55 PM

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#11 posted 06-02-2012 07:57 PM

How do the Jet’s and Bessey’s compare with Jorgensen? I’ve been buying Jorgensen because they are available down the street at Home Despot and are American made (which I prefer).

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#12 posted 06-02-2012 08:09 PM

#1 Jet #2 Bessey #3 Jorgensen
I couldn’t compare Bessey with Jet cause nobody in my area carries them so I had to take a gamble & order them online, very gad that I did…

-- Rick

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#13 posted 06-02-2012 08:12 PM

I have some high quality large besseys but find the record clamps better they cramp up easier than bessey’s too maybe it’s my athritus but I cant get cramping with them just clamping. Alistair

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#14 posted 06-02-2012 08:22 PM

Jet clamps are so much easier to work with because of their release trigger

They also have a bigger handle & it’s square (instead of round) easier to grab to tighten & loosen…

-- Rick

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#15 posted 06-02-2012 11:34 PM

Excuse my ignorance here, I am new to woodworking. What makes these clamps worth 5 to 6 times the amount of my HF purchased Pittsburgh F style clamps, or my Jorgensen bar clamps? I am not trying to stir up controversy, I really want to know. I have never had issues or struggles with glue ups. Then again I have never used an expensive clamp. I have about a dozen Irwin quick grips as well, however I don’t use them for glue ups, those are to hold pieces while I cut them with a router/etc or to hold jigs in place.

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