Clamps? Bessey, Jorgensen, Jet, nothing?

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Forum topic by CplSteel posted 09-04-2012 09:32 PM 2248 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2012 09:32 PM

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Parallel clamps- I have been thinking of getting some because they look damn useful. I have checked out the Bessey clamps and did not like how they closed. I have been using a combination of quick clamps and pipe clamps and they work, but clamp and glue work can be a pain. I have read the reviews on this site and everyone likes all of these clamps. They like the Jet clamps the most, but is it worth the $15 price premium (or $5) over Jorgensen or Bessey? Actually I get 10% off of home depot prices, so that makes the price different even greater.


$35/$40/$45 – Jorgensen (home depot 24”/36”/48”)
$45/$40-52/$55 – Bessey Revo (woodcraft and my local store has the 40” for $40)
$50/$65/$70 – Jet clamps (Rockler)

or should I just stick with pipe clamps, F-bar, or quick-clamps because parallel clamps are overrated?

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#1 posted 09-04-2012 10:03 PM

Between those three choices, I haven’t seen much difference in quality or function at all.
I know the Jorgensen clamps are made in the USA so that’s what I went with.

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#2 posted 09-04-2012 10:12 PM

I prefer the jet clamps and I do have a variety of many. The feew extra dollars I spend for the Jet clamps is soon forgotten but thequality and ease of use lingers on.

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#3 posted 09-04-2012 10:12 PM

I also went with the Jorgensen clamps for the same reason as Michael. I buy them from Menards for a little cheaper than HD usually around here, and can never seem to pass one up when they’re on sale… if you get 10% off at HD, I would definitely go with the Jorgensen’s.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#4 posted 09-04-2012 10:14 PM

Bessey…...12”——-60”.....30 all together….4” and 6”...10 in all…........that’ll cover it…....

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#5 posted 09-04-2012 10:17 PM

I have the old Bessy K-body clamps and the Jorgensen ones. Both work very well and I would definitely have a few on hand. I’d go with the Jorgensen as the price is a bit better. Fine Woodworking recommended them in their most recent test as well.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#6 posted 09-04-2012 10:19 PM

I think Greg nailed it. That said, they are all quality clamps and I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them.

-- John, BC, Canada

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