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Forum topic by buckbuster31 posted 06-26-2017 05:57 PM 767 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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buckbuster31

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06-26-2017 05:57 PM

I have 8 of the bessey clamps but always in need of more. I was just playing around on rockler and was about to order a couple more and saw the irwins. They are 50 percent off right now which makes the 48 inch like 24 bucks and the 24 inch 20 bucks. Are they worth the money? hard price to pass up!


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Kazooman

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#1 posted 06-26-2017 06:31 PM

I just went to the Rockler site. The 24” and 48” clamps are both listed at half price. They are both listed as ” no longer available” as well.

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buckbuster31

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#2 posted 06-26-2017 06:59 PM

you are correct!

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Kazooman

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#3 posted 06-26-2017 07:19 PM



you are correct!

- buckbuster31

Unfortunately that is true. It would have been a great deal. I could use some 24” parallel jaw clamps. Thanks for the heads up anyway. I guess we were just too late to the party.

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AlaskaGuy

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#4 posted 06-26-2017 09:21 PM

You’re lucky they are not available or sold out. The reviews I’ve read are not good.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Andre

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#5 posted 06-27-2017 03:50 AM

Just looked at them today at Lowes here in Canada(?Not on sale here), think I will stick with the Bessey’s!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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jimintx

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#6 posted 06-27-2017 03:57 AM

I have a few of each brand- Bessey and Irwin – and can’t really tell any difference at all.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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BenDupre

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#7 posted 06-27-2017 04:52 AM

Besseys are better but Irwins work well and for the amazing Rockler deal are an excellent value. Here are a couple side by side photos

The Irwin clamps have a slightly less beefy bar but are plenty stout and the thread pitch on the screw is shallow.

That super deal sure didnt last long. If you want to buy a couple irwin clamps take the email in to Lowe’s or Menards and see if tou can get them to price match.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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AlaskaGuy

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#8 posted 06-27-2017 09:54 AM


Besseys are better but Irwins work well and for the amazing Rockler deal are an excellent value. Here are a couple side by side photos

The Irwin clamps have a slightly less beefy bar but are plenty stout and the thread pitch on the screw is shallow.

That super deal sure didnt last long. If you want to buy a couple irwin clamps take the email in to Lowe s or Menards and see if tou can get them to price match.

- BenDupre


I have not used Iwrin clamps so all I know is the reviews I’ve read. They may look good but how do the perform. If a parallel clamp doesn’t clamp with parallel pressure there not much use in buying parallel clamps.

This seem to be a pretty good review and I can’t see what good it would do for the reviewer to be dishonest.
http://toolguyd.com/irwin-parallel-clamps-review/

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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jimintx

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#9 posted 06-27-2017 12:51 PM

In my post above I should have said that I can’t tell any difference in how effectively they clamp wood projects.

As is shown in the pics posted, they do have some differences in design and appearances, and then there is the red color vs the blue color. Thus – yes, I can tell which is which, and I can “see” the difference.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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Clarkie

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#10 posted 06-27-2017 01:33 PM

Hello fellow Jocks, there used to be a similar ploy when I was young and first in sales. The furniture store I worked for would advertise 3 rooms of furniture to the first 100 customers for an unbelieveable 100.00. The store would open at 8 am, and by 8:01 the customers would be told that the furniture for that price was all gone, but, we could offer them other sets for a couple hundred more. Sometimes sales tactics never change, just saying. Have fun, make some dust.

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rwe2156

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#11 posted 06-27-2017 04:59 PM


You re lucky they are not available or sold out. The reviews I ve read are not good.

- AlaskaGuy

I told you all HD is better than Lowes. They have Besseys. :-D

All you Lowes guys…..they don’t have parking for “Pros” either. LOL

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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jimintx

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#12 posted 06-27-2017 11:56 PM



I told you all HD is better than Lowes. They have Besseys. :-D

All you Lowes guys…..they don t have parking for “Pros” either. LOL
- rwe2156

The Lowe’s smartphone (iPhone for me) app is not very good either, in fact it’s a pain in the ass. Whereas the one from H Depot is useful. You can easily use it to locate those Besseys, or anything else, in the store!

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-- Jim, Houston, TX

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