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Forum topic by John67 posted 07-02-2010 03:13 AM 1567 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2010 03:13 AM

I’m considering buying some extra clamps during the holiday sales and wondered how much you use the 50” bar clamps. I’m looking at the Bessey K Body REVO clamps. Give me your thoughts.


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#1 posted 07-02-2010 03:36 AM

I have 4 of the 50” Bessey REVOs and they do come in handy when gluing up larger things but they are also cumbersome at times. In my opinion its worth the extra size and weight because you never know when you’re going to need some larger clamps.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#2 posted 07-02-2010 04:25 AM

The problem with long clamps is that they’re very difficult to work with when doing smaller projects, I don’t know how many times I’ve speared myself walking past a project where I had to press the long clamps into service when I ran out of shorter ones. I don’t use them very often, but when you need to clamp something wide, there’s no substitute.

-- The Wood Nerd --

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#3 posted 07-02-2010 04:49 AM

check out this review on the Wood River Clamp System,
they can be made any length you desire, and I caught them on sale for about $21 each, I bought 6, and the shipping was free. from Woodcraft

-- Smitty!!!

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#4 posted 07-02-2010 05:14 AM

Only you can decide if you need 50 inch clamps and it is completely dependent on what type or work you will be doing.

Clamps that are too long are almost as much of a problem as clamps that are too small. I have quite a few clamps in various sizes and styles. I find that I use the shorter clamps a lot more often than the longer clamps but when I need a longer clamp, I need a longer clamp.

There are options available that let you connect 2 clamps together to make a long clamp for when you need it. I’ve never seen one of these that really works well.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 07-02-2010 06:06 AM

Rich, The longer the clamps the bending moment of the clamp arm becomes larger and bending of the work is present. For better use, I have 3/8” and 1/2” threaded bar 3 pcs each size and two planks of hardwood with holes. This way, I made it firm.
Another solution, sometimes I use turn buckle …. when I need strong clamping.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 07-02-2010 06:25 AM

I have 3/4” pony pipe clamps with 60” pipe. I threaded both ends so that I can add extensions. But, I just was eyeballing these Bessey clamps and thought, hmmmm… I wonder if it’s worth it or would I be better off buying the shorter lengths clamps. Currently I have 4-bar clamps 27" and 4 39” and wanted to add to my inventory. So I thought this would be a good place to ask everyone what they used more often.

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#7 posted 07-02-2010 06:58 AM

it’s nice to have a various assortment of lengths. but i like the wider and taller head of the bseey compared to the bar clamps. the 50” is if you work on long projects verses; needs for shorter to always be prepared.
if it’s on sale,why not?

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#8 posted 07-02-2010 07:21 AM

It depends on what your making if you making a lot of cabinets then 50” clamps are great to have. But all types and sizes are are great to have.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 07-02-2010 07:29 AM

Well, the sale is 25% off. So you’re getting 4 clamps for the price of 3. I pretty much just fiddle around and lately I’d built a few cabinets, and a large toy chest. Plan to build tool storage cabinets next.

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#10 posted 07-02-2010 08:29 AM

I say get them, as long as they are good clamps, A few years ago I bought some cheap-ass clamps to save me money and I still have them but I avoid them. When clamping up a project they are always used dead last because they are such a pain to use, but I don’t get rid of them becausewho throws away clamps. If I had to do it over, instead of buying 30 cheap clamps, I would of bought 5- 6 expensive clamps in their place. They pay in the long run.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#11 posted 07-02-2010 04:54 PM

I agree, bigger is not always better.

I favor the Bessey K clamps, and have picked up a number of different sizes over the years, found them to be the best.
Bought a couple of the Revo clamps and like them too!

Gross Stabil makes a similar clamp as well.

Although I have more than 60 of them, I still keep an eye out for a good sale, and 25% off sounds good to me!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#12 posted 07-02-2010 04:59 PM

It doesn’t matter how long clamps you get. The one you’ll need at any given time is an inch longer than what you have. :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 07-02-2010 06:09 PM

Has anyone used the Bessey extenders? Are they compatible with the Revos? I know they fit the original Ks and the Woodcraft clones.

-- The Wood Nerd --

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#14 posted 07-03-2010 12:35 AM

Well visually seeing the clamps helped me with my decision. I went to Peachtree Woodworking and looked at the 50” on display and decided to go with the 24” clamps. The 50” clamps were so long that I figured they would probably sit idle more than they were used. I would of bought them for those “just in case I need” situations. Well, when that happens, I will just use my pipe clamps and they’ll work just fine. For my projects, I tend to need the smaller clamps more, so I bought 4 Bessey K-body REVO’s for the price of 3.

For anyone looking for some deals, go to Peachtree Woodworking online and take advantage of their 25% off deal for the holiday weekend. Well worth it.

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#15 posted 07-04-2010 11:28 AM

Is there some special code for this sale? I don’t see it on their site.

-- The Wood Nerd --

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