Lowes phasing out Bessey for Irwin? Home Depot moving from Jorgies to Bessey?

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Forum topic by paxorion posted 05-28-2014 04:56 PM 3424 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2014 04:56 PM

My recent review of the Jet parallel clamps perked my interest on pricing for Bessey clamps. As I was perusing the web today, I found that Lowes has taken almost all of their Bessey products off their website, and in lieu have listed the Irwin parallel clamps (24” and 48”). Does this signal the departure of Bessey clamps from the blue big box store?...

Upon further investigation, the “plot” thickens, as the Home Depot website is no longer allowing for a store inventory check of some Jorgensen products, and now has a large number of Bessey products listed.

-- paxorion

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#1 posted 05-28-2014 05:00 PM

It seems so.
Once amazon throws them on sale I’ll grab a few.

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#2 posted 05-28-2014 07:30 PM

Probably has something to do with NASCAR sponsors….just kidding :)

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 08:01 PM

Yea i noticed it a couple months ago, all the bessey stuff was and is on sale but nothing new coming in. Still expensive but i did buy their frame clamp for $17.

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#4 posted 05-28-2014 08:42 PM

What? Nobody’s blaming Obamacare?

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#5 posted 05-28-2014 09:05 PM

Yup, the local Lowe’s had a fire sale on Bessey clamps. I got a 50” Revo for $30 and a 24” Tradesman for $12. Unfortunately, that was all that was left when I got there. Wish I could’ve been there earlier!

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#6 posted 05-28-2014 09:25 PM

A bit off topic but since Irwin clamps were brought up I thought I’d share this, I have a but only 3 of the 6” Irwin clamps in my shop along with several HF 6” clamps, the odd thing is that the HF clamps have more clamping pressure then the Irwin do, but.. as for as the larger Irwin clamps they out preform the HF clamps it’s just the 6” Irwin clamps that are weak.

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#7 posted 05-28-2014 09:43 PM

Lowe’s began closing out their Bessey clamps a couple of months ago. I grabbed a good assortment at 20% off. Bessey announced about a month ago that they were moving back into Home Depot. I’ve noticed Home Depot is now discounting all their Irwin stock.

Funny thing is, Home Depot had Bessey a few years back and dumped them for Irwin.

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#8 posted 05-28-2014 10:01 PM

Ya I got lucky and got 4 50in k body for $29 a piece and 4 24in Duoklamps for $12 a piece, I really wish I couldve gotten some 24 in k bodys but noone had them in stock

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#9 posted 05-29-2014 12:49 AM

Jorgensen is garbage anyway worst 6 clamps I own are from them, especially for 65 bucks a pop. Id rather have harbor freight

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#10 posted 05-31-2014 05:03 PM

ACE hardware still carries Jorgensens. I’ve had 6 of them for almost 50 years. The new ones don’t seem to be as smooth as my old ones. I do like the HF ones and because of price, would prefer them over the new Jorgensens.

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#11 posted 05-31-2014 05:36 PM

Menards in town sells Jorgensen parallel clamps. Whenever I want some, I just wait for them to go on sale or for Menards to run the 11% rebates.

Strangely enough, most people seem to prefer Jet over Jorgensen but I prefer the Jorgensen over Jet or Bessey after trying some of each. That locking device on the Jet got in my way too much.

The thing I don’t like about Irwin is their penchant for small diameter, plated threads. They don’t work as smoothly as the hefty acme threads on other brands.

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#12 posted 05-31-2014 09:45 PM

No Menards in my neck of the woods, but thank goodness for the Internet. Out of the 4 big name parallel clamps out there, my preferences are probably fairly consistent with most others (Jet first, then Bessey, Jorgensen). I don’t have experience with the Irwin but the reviews don’t seem promising. So far, if I were to define my ideal parallel clamp, i’d take the Jet but swap out the handle for a Bessey 2K handle (release lever optional).

-- paxorion

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#13 posted 05-31-2014 10:36 PM

I like the Jorgensen parallel clamps. Interestingly, it has been about a year since they were on sale at Menards. I suspect they will go on sale, soon. I want to add 4 of the 24” for a project I have coming up. Come on sale…

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#14 posted 06-01-2014 01:01 AM

Thank you paxorion!!!!!

After reading your post I hurried down to my Lowes where I spoke to the tool supervisor and he gave me the 40” K body’s for $30.00 each instead of the marked down $41.95 “clearance price” and the 12” X4” throat tradesman clamps for $12.00 each instead of $18.00.
Thanks to paxorion I saved over 50$. on already heavy discounted prices.

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#15 posted 06-01-2014 03:03 AM

Glad I seem to be doing a community service =)

-- paxorion

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