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Good, low cost toggle clamps at Harbor Freight

Good, low cost toggle clamps at Harbor Freight

1792 days ago by Craftsman on the lake | 18 comments »

Just sharing this. When something raises my eyebrows and gets me thinking then maybe it’s worth passing on. I’m going to talk bang for buck. I hope you don’t mind. Yup, I’ve got a few harbor freight tools but not much. I’ve had mixed luck with them. But a friend let me see one of these toggle clamps. I have some from a wood store and I must say, they are very similar but not identical and but both seem to be of the same quality. They’re probably both fr...

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StrongHold Clamps

StrongHold Clamps

1817 days ago by dustbunny | 5 comments »

I accidentally posted this review under the blog section, and thought I better correct it. I was looking for a clamp that could hold a glue up of two 45 deg strips of wood to make a block. Basically two triangles glued together to make a square. All the woodworking site searches produced nothing. Then I came across these clamps on a welding website. http://www.stronghandtools.com/products/pdt_img/pgv_pic.html I ordered three of them from my local welding supply store to see how t...

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Kreg Large Face Clamps at a good price

Kreg Large Face Clamps at a good price

1821 days ago by Mike H | 5 comments »

I got the Kreg Pocket Hole Master system about a year or two ago and have been wanting to add a few more clamps for doing some larger projects under consideration / in the plans. Got a e-mail the other day from woodcraft.com and they had them (Item # 144665) on sale (or Clearance perhaps) for $12.99 each so I ordered (3) of them which just came today. For (3) of them plus shipping cost was $47.96 which I think is a great price as they used to be about $25 per + s/h I believe some of ...

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Jorgensen 7200 Series Bar Clamp

Jorgensen 7200 Series Bar Clamp

1836 days ago by tenontim | 8 comments »

I’ve been upgrading my clamp collection, to include these 7200 series bar clamps, by Jorgensen. I had a couple of older Jorgensen clamps, and was happy with them. They were a quality product. Recently, I purchased a dozen of the 36” bar clamps, to replace the bar clamps that I normally use for my table top glue ups. The first time I used these clamps, I had the clutch plates on 4 clamps break. One clamp broke all 5 clutches at the same time. I was quite disappointed, since t...

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Bessy double headed clamp

Bessy double headed clamp

1893 days ago by kosta | 27 comments »

Yo whats up everybody I was at lowes today getting another toolbox for all my stuff and I saw this double headed c clamp. Now i was like what the hell is that but if you think about it you can clamp 2 seperate pices of wood to your bench with 1 clamp. Now this is a 12 in c clamp and it cost me like $10 so I was like well jet beat bessy out with the paraell bar clamps so this is there way of coming back and it is really a good idea. The jaws are padded so they wont screw up the wood or what e...

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Harbor Freight Bar Clamps

Harbor Freight Bar Clamps

1915 days ago by PCorl | 51 comments »

First off I agree with some here at LJ that Harbor Freight makes some real junk. I also agree with some here at LJ that Harbor Freight makes some pretty good stuff. I have been using Harbor Freight (Pittsburgh) F style bar clamps for some time now and am totally satisfied with them. For the cost they can’t be beat. When they aren’t on sale they range in price from $2.99 for a 6” clamp to $9.99 for the 36” model. On sale they are cheaper yet, I think I paid $1.99...

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Buyer Beware!

Buyer Beware!

1934 days ago by Topapilot | 34 comments »

A store called “Big Lots!” moved into town this winter, and since I’d heard about clamp deals there I went to find out. They do have “deals”, F-type clamps for $6, parallel clamps for $10. I’ve purchased three types of clamps, the first put to the test were these 24” F-style bar clamps. At the store I was carefull to check that they all worked properly, then bought 10 for $60. When using them I found two problems, and one is a show stopper. Fir...

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Single handed clamp

Single handed clamp

1952 days ago by Tony | 4 comments »

I recently purchased two of these clamps – see my blog http://lumberjocks.com/topics/5240. These clamps are available in 300 mm (12”), 450mm (18”) and 650mm (25½”) with a 80mm (3”) jaw length. I found the clamps to be more than adequate for light clamping or spreading, the action takes a little getting used to, I am more used to the conventional pistol grip versions. The clamp/spread change over, is just a turn of a switch, no mechanical changes or swapping end a...

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Lightweight lever ratchet clamp

Lightweight lever ratchet clamp

1952 days ago by Tony | 1 comment »

I recently purchased quite a few of these clamps – see my blog http://lumberjocks.com/topics/5240. These clamps are available in 200 mm (8”) and 250mm (10”), with a 80mm (3”) jaw length. I found the clamps to be more than adequate for light clamping. They are very easy to use especially on smaller items such as boxes, where a light touch may be needed with thinner materials are used, however they are equally at home clamping jigs to the table or machine. These cla...

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The KRs baby sibling

The KRs baby sibling

1952 days ago by Tony | 1 comment »

I recently purchased quite a few of these clamps – see my blog http://lumberjocks.com/topics/5240. These clamps are a lower grade parallel clamp than the K or the KR versions from Bessey and are available in 300 mm (12”) and 600mm (24”), with a 80mm (3”) jaw length. I found the clamps to be more than adequate for light clamping, but do not expect the same performance as the KR. The clamping pads stay relatively square and parallel even when full torqued, there are ...

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