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Craftsman on the lake

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01-24-2012 09:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: clamp tool gloat toolgloat bargain bessey bessey clamp

I was in Mardens today. Mardens is one of those buy up bankruptcy store goods or water damage goods. I cruise the isles every few weeks to see if there is anything I can use. I see some clamps. The brand is Bessey. They are the economy 12” clutch style bar clamp. The 36” ones are $11.95 and the 8” one is $6.95. Not bad, Mardens usually discounts 20-30% from the original store price tag that was on it when they get them. I see a box of 12” has twenty two of them and each one is marked 99 cents. Somebody made a mistake! I grabbed all of them. Twenty two clamps for $22. I see that at Amazon they have them for about $8-$14 plus shipping in most cases. If I had ordered them it would have come to $160-$280 or so.

I’m so glad to have these as when I buy clamps I usually purchase at least 24” to get more usage for the buck. But clamps that long are often awkward to use for smaller glue ups.

It was a good day today!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.


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Dwain

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#1 posted 01-24-2012 09:24 PM

Congrats. It’s really nice to be at the right place at the right time…

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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ellen35

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#2 posted 01-24-2012 09:28 PM

Dan, you are on a roll today!
Nice score!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 01-24-2012 09:31 PM

sweet score…if only it was closer ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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NBeener

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#4 posted 01-24-2012 09:33 PM

I got a full set of the “Tradesman” clamps, and love them.

THAT price, however, puts them in another league…..

Great score !

-- -- Neil

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Karson

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#5 posted 01-25-2012 12:27 AM

I’ll give you a buck and a quarter apiece.

Great buy

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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reggiek

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#6 posted 01-25-2012 12:33 AM

I am always hunting for clamps….and that is one fantastic score…..great gloat…enjoy the spoils.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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jusfine

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#7 posted 01-25-2012 12:36 AM

Great score, congratulations!

I’d go to $1.50…

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

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poopiekat

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#8 posted 01-25-2012 12:48 AM

Hey, Craftsman! Nice score! I used to live about 5 minutes from the Sanford store, and I’ve bought dozens of great deals there! And then of course Bonanza was just a block away, wahoo! However, the best Marden’s was in, umm, Fairfield (?) they always had a pile of really great rough lumber, walnut and mahogany as well as some local rough-cut lumber. The one in Lewiston/auburn was pretty good too, but less salvage-type stuff. Jeez, I miss the place, you could take a Sunday drive going to the various ones, and come home with a carload of stuff. I still have ‘Pony” pipe clamps that I bought there… ones that use 3/8” iron pipe! Had to be 15 years ago…great for small casework!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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paratrooper34

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#9 posted 01-25-2012 12:52 AM

Mardens?? You must be a Mainuh! Which one did you go to? I can have someone go by there and pick some up for me.

-- Mike

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Craftsman on the lake

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#10 posted 01-25-2012 01:27 AM

It’s the Sanford store, In southern Maine.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Bill White

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#11 posted 01-25-2012 01:33 AM

Dang! I often miss metro areas.
Oh, YOU SUCK!!!!
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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DS

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#12 posted 01-25-2012 01:35 AM

I was in the Woodworkers Source a few years back and they were clearencing similar no-name clamps in 24”

I think I paid $3.99 each for them. I bought two dozen. There are times that I wish I bought three dozen. Somehow I never seem to have enough clamps.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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