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Forum topic by NateX posted 04-07-2010 08:29 PM 1523 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2010 08:29 PM

Anyone ever used these Bessy bar clamps?

I was thinking about the Jett system, I hear good things. The Bessy setup is a bit less $$$.

Any recommendations for my first set of parallel clamps? I am sick of my pipe clamps.



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#1 posted 04-07-2010 08:39 PM

I have the Bessy clamps and love them. I bought every thing in that set separately over the years. I screwed oak pads with a dowel to the stands so I can drop them in a bench hole for alignment, works good.

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#2 posted 04-07-2010 08:46 PM

The one advantage I’ve heard about the Jet clamps is they have a larger clamping face, either will service you well though. Irwin also makes a nice set of parallel clamps.

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#3 posted 04-07-2010 08:52 PM

Greetings Nate: Nearly everyone on LJs uses the Bessey bar clamps. I’ve been using them for years. For my $’s, there is none better. I still buy some when the need arises, but I’ve got plenty right now. Don’t throw out your pipe clamps….. they may come in handy when you need them…... lol. Here’s my collection…

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#4 posted 04-07-2010 09:12 PM

the woodwhispere Marc Spagnuolo
talk very varm of the Jet´s and say they are better than Besseys
in one of his vidioclip on his site
but persenly I can´t say anything about them havn´t try´d anyone
beside my wooden clamps

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#5 posted 04-07-2010 09:16 PM

I can’t compare them to the Jett clamps, but the Bessy clamps are well built. I’m sure they will last for as long as I am able clamp things. I have no regrets.

-- -- Chuck S.

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#6 posted 04-07-2010 09:44 PM

Besseys ar ethe only clamps in my shop that have lasted any length of time the other parallel clamps I had something went wrong with the mechanism that holds them in place while tightening and it wasnt a confined incident all 3 of the ones I bought did the same thing in about a years time . I cant speak for the Jets but I never will stray away from the tried and true k-body

-- There is no growing in knowing where your going

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#7 posted 04-08-2010 03:27 PM

I have several of the Bessey clamps and a couple of the Jet clamps. Of the two I prefer the Jet. Both are good clamps, but I like the quick release on the Jet. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#8 posted 04-08-2010 03:53 PM

I have a mix of Bessey and Jet clamps … both are good, but the Jet does have a somewhat larger face/clamping surface.

You are not making a mistake with either, but for $30, I would go with the Bessey package.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 04-08-2010 04:06 PM

I have the Jet clamps and I love them. With that said, I think you would be making a wise choice with either. They are the top two clamps on the market. A while back one of my local woodworking stores had that Jet kit on sale for $109.99 so I purchased 3 sets. The Jet kit also included bench dog pegs that can screw into the bottom of the blocks or into the clamp itself to make them easier to align and keep from sliding around.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#10 posted 04-08-2010 04:46 PM

Like everyone is saying, Jet and Bessey are the top two, so going with either set is a good move. Generally whichever is on sale is what’s best for the moment. Also, seems that some people are saying the Jet has a larger clamping surface and better quick release. I also saw a comparison of parallel clamps (in Fine Woodworking maybe) that showed that the Jet clamps have the most clamping force of any of the clamps. Not that anyone needs to use the max clamping force of the clamp anyway, but just nice to know it’s well built. Anyway, both are top notch. Good luck with your purchase.

-- Matt -

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#11 posted 04-09-2010 12:03 AM


If you have a WC store close by it may be worth a call or stop to see if they have any of the older stock Bessey clamps on clearance . My local store has a good deal on 40”s .

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#12 posted 04-09-2010 12:43 AM

Hi Nate. I too have the Bessey clamps and they have treated me well over the years. For future reference, if you find you do like the Besseys, they now make a “Revo” k-body clamp that is supposed to have a larger clamping surface. Woodcraft sells them. They are more expensive but you might want to check them out.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 04-09-2010 03:18 AM

This isn’t what you wanted to hear, but thanks for the heads-up. Woodcraft has free shipping on orders right now on orders over $75, so I grabbed a couple of those sets! :D

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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