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Forum topic by SnowyRiver posted 12-27-2009 06:59 PM 1498 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SnowyRiver

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12-27-2009 06:59 PM

Ok, here is a simple question. For those of you that use the Bessey K Body clamps, do you use the clip on spacers they provide? I always find that after a time or two, the clips break in half when snapping them on the bar and I end up thowing them away. I never was sure just what good they were.

Thanks

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN


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#1 posted 12-27-2009 11:26 PM

Wayne, I didn’t even know that they came with spacers (I’ve got about 25 of them). I guess I have been throwing them away all along.

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#2 posted 12-28-2009 12:04 AM

Same here, Wayne. Never knew they were spacers. I’ve just used mine without.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 12-28-2009 12:28 AM

Thanks guys. I am not sure if the older variety came with them or not, but the newer Revo ones have a couple of black spacers that come with them that I think space the bar off the wood when clamping. You can see them in the Revo picture below.

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-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 12-28-2009 01:42 AM

They’ve only been available in my area about 2 yrs.

-- Rick

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#5 posted 12-28-2009 02:09 AM

I use the spacers as they keep the metal bars from marking up the wood and they also keeps glue out of the notches in the steel bars. I think they are helpful but you could certainly get along without them, I have about 20 of the spacers and have yet to break any.

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#6 posted 12-28-2009 03:49 AM

The Revo ones that I have, have a piece at the end of the bar that keeps the head from sliding off. These spacers on the Bessey web site are called bar protectors. They apparently are spacers that prevent the bar from getting glue on it and staining the wood. I did find a website that sells just the spacers so maybe if I decide sometime that I need them I can buy them there.

Thanks for all the comments.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 12-29-2009 12:15 AM

They only come with the “Revo” style but they will fit the older ones too. You can purchase them seperately to replace broken or missing ones. I don’t always use them for the spacer part, but I do have a pair of the clamps that they make to clamp them to the table. They turn the clamp into a big vice.

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