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Forum topic by Jim Ganley posted 10-11-2009 09:18 PM 1087 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Ganley

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10-11-2009 09:18 PM

I am having a past midlife shake out, I need to get some more clamps, what I am using now is the pony type pipe clamp 3/4”. I need some opinions as to the pipe versus the bar type, I know the pipe is heavy and durable and is a little tough on the clean up. The thin bat type clamps are light and have to be easier to clean and I wonder about the durability, do they bend? either name brand or other.
Thanks Jim

-- Jim - Cushing, WI

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#1 posted 10-11-2009 09:29 PM

If you can afford them, the Bessy K-Body clamps are really nice. There are several companies that make similar style parallel clamps, and they look as though they would work as well as the Bessy, but I’ve never used them.

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#2 posted 10-11-2009 09:38 PM

The K-body are the best I’ve used by far. The lightweight pony bar clamps are handy as a pocket on a shirt. They are lightweight and do flex when tightening, but to me, that maintains pressure after tightening. Remember, the clamp only bears pressure on a given area, so too many clamps is not a problem. Too much pressure will glue starve a joint so a little bend isn’t such a bad thing. Hope this rambling helps. BTKS
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#3 posted 10-11-2009 09:43 PM

I’m not familiar with a”bat type” clamp ? But I have a variety of clamps . The least expensive are the thinner clamps that sell from $4.50 – $15.00 depending on size these are low end but do a fair job for there cost .
The next in line is what your using pipe clamps they are strong and relatively inexpensive I feel the best clamp for there money I buy HF 3/4 pipe clamps and about 80% of them are good but they will replace them free if the don’t work well. considering they cost $4.95 compared to $15.95 for brand names. The next clamps I like alot are K body clamps mine are Bessy but Jet,woodcraft, and others make them they cost about $24-$65
depending on brand and if there on sale or not. These are great clamps and can do things that pipe clamps can’t but you can buy five Hf clamps for the cost of the cheapest k body clamp. The other clamps I use a lot are Irwine style clamps that you can use with one hand and hold well. Depending on the style you buy they variety in strength but are really handy.There a number of other types of clamps,bar clamps, clamps you make your self. But the best way to sort through what clamps you want is to read some reviews in finewoodworking and wood Magazine.

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#4 posted 10-11-2009 09:53 PM

I dont know if you can get them but Dekota do the same sort of k-body as Bessy but not so expensive

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#5 posted 10-11-2009 10:18 PM

Watch for identical copies of Bessy clamps.I bought some on ebay, albeit the colour is different and the company name is different these look iodentical to bessey.Believe me when three in a row went bust within a few seconds of use I realised they were just junk I phoned axminster power tools who told me they no longer dealt with the company and gave me a sort of refund but I still have 2 or 3 in there packets unused without refund .What do I do ? I cannot sell them off on ebay as thats unfair. I guess I am stuck with them.As soon as you started to turn the metal handle they just kept turning and upon inspection the undercarriage was broken in many small fragments so BEWARE BEWARE BEWARE .Alistair

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#6 posted 10-11-2009 11:52 PM

Thank you for the input, I really have no quams with the pipe clamps just that they are heavy and when you have 4 or 5 on a board I need to eat my spinach. Thank you so much
Cushing, WI

-- Jim - Cushing, WI

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