|Review by Marcus||posted 02-16-2013 08:55 PM||3522 views||1 time favorited||20 comments|
I recently did a quick write up of a couple of Bessey Revo clamps that I had just purchased. I was very pleased and still am with them. In the comments, the Jorgenson Cabinet Master’s seemed pretty popular, so in the back of my mind, I thought I would try them out some day.
I rarely go to Woodcraft due to it’s proximity, but I needed a piece of padauk ASAP and my normal lumberyard is closed and the Rockler down the road was sold out. I gave Woodcraft a call and they had some in stock, so off I went. So I get there, quickly head to the padauk and find a gorgeous piece (my lucky day!)...and then decide to spend an hour wandering around like any woodworking addict. I noticed they have a combo back of Jorgensen Cabinet Makers on sale for $129. It included two 36” and two 24” clamps…neither of which I NEED at this point. But just like any woodworking addict, I scooped them up and proceeded to the check out.
It just so happens that the padauk I was buying is for a glue up. Nothing major, 3 boards, 5” a piece, so not really a huge test for the clamps, more like a pop quiz. I will have to say, they passed with flying colors.
What I like about the Jorgensens over the Bessey Revo’s:
The head doesnt slip/fall on it’s own.
The spring loaded pin for the leveling foot…very convenient.
The long distance travel of the screw mechanism
What I like about the Bessey Revos over the Jorgensen’s
The large plastic handles
The support pieces
So I guess the final question is…which is better? To that I can FIRMLY say “I dont know!”. Both are great clamps but neither are perfect (for me). The issues/benefits when comparing the two are rather minor and someone subjective and personal. I think most people will be happy with either. For me going forward, I think I will probably stick w/ the Jorgensen’s since they are made in the USA though (I’ve heard rumblings that some no longer are, but these were still stamped as such)