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dakremer

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538 days ago

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen someone post about these before, so hopefully this post isnt completely redundant. I just bought these clamps at Harbor Freight. They were on sale for $12.99. They are awesome! The clamping force is very strong, and it seems like all the important components are metal (not plastic like their other crappy clamps). As of right now they only have the 12” clamp. I hope they make some larger sizes in the future!

I bought 4 of these and I think I’ll go back and grab 4 more (for now).

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!


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Julian

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#1 posted 538 days ago

Those clamps look identical to the Jorgensen gear clamps I purchase from HomeDepot.com. I paid a few dollars more but they are my favoirte clamps. Yours even have the same paint colors. Probably all made in the same factory. I think I will check my local HF store and pick up a couple more.

-- Julian

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 538 days ago

I picked up two of them a few weeks ago. Haven’t had a chance to use them yet, as I don’t remember where I put them!!! Hmmmm, now ya made me get up and go to the shop to find them…..

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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BentheViking

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#3 posted 537 days ago

i saw those in one of their sales flyers…they are on my list of things to check out on my next trip to HF

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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9FINGERTIM

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#4 posted 537 days ago

sometimes when i need a long strap around sompthing or other im assembling ive found that the cheapest thnig iis those tie down ratchet clamps they sell in sets for tying things down on your pickemup truck you can get a half dozen pretty cheap at HF. also i use em to fasten down all the wood in my stockpile during hurricane time hare in fla. and that way all my wood can be blown away in one chunk instead of all that annoying wood schrapnel.

-- TIM, FLORIDA

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#5 posted 535 days ago

Thnx for the review

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Matt Przybylski

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#6 posted 394 days ago

Don’t mean to resurrect an old thread but I love these clamps. I have 5 and want to buy more but it seems as if they’ve stopped production on them. Does anyone have the official word on that?

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 394 days ago

These look cool thanks for sharing.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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dakremer

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#8 posted 394 days ago

I can’t find them anymore either. Really sad, because these were the best clamps they carried. I got 6 of them, and if I would have known they were going to stop carrying them I would have bought all of them.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Loren

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#9 posted 394 days ago

Bessey probably sued Harbor Freight for patent
infringement.

Those are knockoff of Bessey KliKlamps.

Lee Valley sells some that don’t look as cool,
but appear to work similarly without infringing
the patent.

http://www.leevalley.com/US/Wood/page.aspx?p=69348&cat=1,43838

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Matt Przybylski

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#10 posted 394 days ago

Nice Loren, I had seen those before but totally forgot about them. I’ve added them to my ever expanding LV wish list. The obvious downside is that you can’t use 20% coupons on them but price wise it’s still just about the same.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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dakremer

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#11 posted 394 days ago

Bessey’s are actually about double the price that Harbor Freight was selling them for

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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MacNut11

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#12 posted 392 days ago

Do you have an item number on these clamps?

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TorxNut

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#13 posted 392 days ago

I saw the Bessey’s at Home Depot yesterday. Cool clamps but I couldn’t figure out why the bottom jaw is slippery flat chromed steel but the upper jaw is rubber covered.

Bill

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#14 posted 392 days ago

There is an earlier clamp on which this design is based, it was made by “Wilton” as many of you old timers might be familiar with. If any Wiltons come up, I’d buy them. They were called “F” clamps. For me, if I’m clamping under 9-10 inches, it’s gotta be a ‘C’ clamp, and if over 10 inches, it’s a pipe clamp for me. I do have a few quick-grip clamps, but all my non-slip-disc bar clamps got tossed long ago.

-- 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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BentheViking

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#15 posted 391 days ago

my local HF had a single one of these a few weeks ago, I thought about getting it, but buying single clamp as opposed to a pair seemed strange

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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