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2117 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question clamps bessey woodline usa clamp

Has anybody used the “Woodline USA” or the “Jet” parallel clamps I am trying to find out what the quality is like Vs the “Bessey K or KR” Parallel clamps, which I know are very good.

I need to change out my entire collection of “cheap clamps or not so cheap clamps” which are similar to the Rockler clamp, These are now starting to break at the most inopportune moments, especially during panel glue-ups.

This is a total of about 60 clamps – a big bill coming in, so I am trying top minimize my costs, but not the quality.

Any constructive feedback is greatly appreciated

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#1 posted 2117 days ago

Tony, Wood Magazine in its September, 2007 issue did a review on the following parallel clamps: Bessey, Gross Stabil, Harbor Freight, Jet, Jorgensen, Stanley and Woodcraft and basically found that there was not a significant difference in overall performance. The Jet clamps were rated as the Top Tool choice while Woodcraft’s were designated as the Top Value choice since there was a ”$7.00 difference per clamp for both 24” and 50” models.

Despite this review I am comfortable with the Bessey line and generally pick them up when they go on sale- especially the 40” and 50” ones.

Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 2117 days ago

My JET clamps work as advertised. Have to admit the new handles on the Bessey’s look great, especially if you slightly arthritic.

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northwoodsman

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#3 posted 2117 days ago

The Jet clamps are fantastic! I have now purchased 3 sets (2-40”, 2-24”, 4 blocks and 4 bench dogs). Rockler had them on sale for $109.99 per set. The handles on the Jet clamps are more comfortable than on the old Besseys. These also don’t pinch your fingers when carrying or adjusting. Every user review I have read rates these above all the others. This is all I will buy in the future.

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Peter Oxley

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#4 posted 2117 days ago

Okay, you are scaring me – I have a bunch of the Rockler clamps!

I’ve purchased several items from Woodline, but not their clamps. I’ve found the quality of the items I’ve purchased to be very good for the price. I’ve been especially pleased with their customer support when I have had a problem. For instance, I received a router bit once that had one of the carbide cutters slightly mis-positioned. I emailed them and received a prompt reply from the owner of the company promising to send a replacement immediately – which he did.

Let us know what clamps you decide to purchase – I’m especially interested as I may be replacing a number of Rockler clamps soon!

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#5 posted 2117 days ago

Peter

The clamps I have are not from Rockler, but they are of a similar design – think Harbor Freight prices (Made in China or somewhere in the far east). They served me well for 4 years, but they were never that good, now I am paying the price.

Lets see $22/clamp 10 out of 40 have decided that they do not like me and the castings have decided to break. At least another 15 are having problems with the screw thread. so after 4 years of use I have lost $550. But do not forget I use them every day and they did get some abuse.

Another thing with the Rockler type, the notches and the aluminum bar get filled and covered with glue, which is not easily removed, the aluminum bars also distort after time and the it is difficult to slide the tail up and down freely.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#6 posted 2117 days ago

Scott. Thanks for the summary of the report. Bessey have released a new parallel clamp in the EU, the KR series – as I am going to buy 60 clamps, I am trying to get the best possible prices, but it may be cheaper to import the same product from the USA (manufactured in Europe), than to buy here in Europe – crazy or just greedy Europeans.

Douglas - I did not think about arthritus – I know I have this desease in my head, but it will not be long before it reaches my hands. Will have to look for a clamp that is tooth friendly soon. A very good point for us older woodworkers

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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sIKE

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#7 posted 2117 days ago

On the import side, Woodcraft here in the states have a clearance special on the K-Body’s just got the e-mail about it last night.

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#8 posted 2117 days ago

Thanks, I also got the mail from Woodcraft, but they do not carry all the sizes I am looking for. I should get a better deal if I get them all from one supplier

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#9 posted 2117 days ago

Tony, I noticed you can get extensions for Besseys. It may not be something you would use everyday but it should be a consideration for deciding what to purchase.

Bob

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 2117 days ago

I’ve never had any issues with my Besseys , but I have heard that the JET clamps are “better” and cost less . Have you tried contacting the manufacturers to see if they can cut you a price break due to the volume that you need ? Best wishes and happy hunting to you .: )

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#11 posted 2117 days ago

Hi Bob

I looked at those extensions, but it would appear that the performance is degraded when they are used – I am still going to go for a selection of different sizes, from Cm to 2.M

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#12 posted 2117 days ago

Dusty, I have contatced Bessey and Jet, got a good offer from Bessey, still waiting for Jet, lets see who gets my 2500€ ($3000) (including shipping and taxes)

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#13 posted 2116 days ago

That’s some serious clamp-talk !

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DaveH

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#14 posted 2116 days ago

Woodcraft are made by bessey. I’ve been looking at the barclamps sold peachtree. I recently bought a bunch of bessey K body that woodcraft had on sale. I think they are the old model.

http://www.ptreeusa.com/barClamps.htm

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#15 posted 2116 days ago

Tony , was Bessey quoting you on the new or old style clamps ? I can’t imagine needing $3000 worth of clamps , but you’re obviously a professional : ) With me it’s just a hobby : ) Best wishes to you and have a great day !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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