|Review by paxorion||posted 12-15-2013 03:40 AM||4330 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
After discovering the inadequacies of F-style clamps in the greater than 12” range (too much flex), I decided it was time to begin my pipe clamp collection. Binge watching episodes of New Yankee Workshop must have done a number on my perspective of pipe clamps, as the only one I thought would fit the bill was “Pony Orange”. Thankfully, my cheapskate tendencies kicked in and made me look for alternatives, making the HF 3/4 Pipe Clamp Fixture the first of my pipe clamp collection. Nevertheless, there was a twitch inside of my that kept whispering “Pony Orange”, to the point where I felt I’d have to bite the bullet and buy at least one to shut that voice up (or skip pipe clamps and go straight to parallel clamps). Fortunately, both my inner cheapskate and the nagging twitch was satisfied when I discovered Ace Hardware’s periodic 50% off any 1 item under $30. That made the price of “Pony Orange” within HF range ($19×50% = $9.50). Armed with the coupons, I picked up a total of 4 over the course of 2 such sales.When it comes to performance, given the inadvertent brainwashing that I must have succumbed to, I find little reason to doubt that “Pony Orange” wouldn’t deliver. And true to that initial (baseless) assumption, when I ran my comparison test with the HF pipe clamps, I they served as a great baseline for performance. Clamping pressure is fantastic, and the screw spins to tighten the clamp head without any problems. These clamps snug up joints nicely and helped me repair several poorly constructed knockdown furniture items from my early post-college bachelor days (of which I hope to replace with my own creations). Negatives about these clamps have more to do with the type of clamp, rather than the brand themselves, such as:
- Being heavy once the black iron pipe is added
- Ease of marring the wood being clamped
- Risk of staining the wood that is clamped
While I have since begun my parallel clamp collection, I suspect my Jorgensen Pony clamps will continue to make an appearance, if I don’t have any parallel clamps available, or long enough to fit the bill.