|Forum topic by derosa||posted 09-27-2012 04:13 AM||8900 views||1 time favorited||52 replies|
09-27-2012 04:13 AM
I’ve been trying to beef up the clamp collection and fill in the spaces around the HF specials; one of the ways I was considering was the irwin clamp/spreader and nearly went into sticker shock. I bought a pair of 24” ones way back when they first came out and have been happy with them but my version doesn’t exactly exist anymore. The HD had a lighter version that is 25.00 for a 24” clamp or 34.00 for a heavy duty version. Talk about sticker shock for a metal bar and hunk of plastic.
At the same time (same isle in HD) it was possible to buy USA made Jorgensens, the heavy duty version of the F clamp is 13.00 and all metal construction with maple handle that can clamp up to 1000lbs. The standard version is a buck less and still clamps as hard as the heavy duty irwin. Although the quick grips have an easier time clamping one handed are they really worth twice the price? Jorgensen also has a quick grip that has the same clamping pressure as the heavier duty irwin for a buck less then the lighter duty version.
A short trip over to HF revealed a new heavy duty clamp/spreader which is twice the price of the old, still present versions. I have a 12” version of their regular trigger clamp, was free with coupon, and have yet to find a purpose for it. Holding the new one, and testing it out there showed that it is probably stronger then the entry level irwins at half the price, normally 12.99 but on sale for 10.00, but probably not quite as strong as my irwins or the heavy duty irwins. Might have to get some of these to try out.
So for those of you who buy the irwins, for me the price keeps getting further away, what makes them worth while to you? And why are they so expensive?
-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse