Help - New Bessey clamp wont work

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Forum topic by CincyRW posted 06-13-2014 01:33 AM 1240 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2014 01:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: clamp question

I got a great deal on some Bessey clamps at Lowes. Apparently, they’re being discontinued there. Problem is, I cant get my new parallel clamp to tighten. when I slide the clamp face against the object and tighten the screw, all the happens is the silver body starts to protrude from the clamp body. See the picture below.

In the above picture, I slid the clamp face all the way against the table top, and started tightening the screw. The clamp never started to snug against the wood – obnly the sliver body moved backwards.

There are 2 small adjustment screws (of a size that wont fit any metric or standard allen wrench size I have) inside the clamp body. I’ve messed with those, but either direction on either screw doesn’t seem to help.

Super frustrating – took a lot of self control not to beat the crap out of it with a hammer … man that would have felt good, but whatever.

Any suggestions? I feel pretty stupid admitting I was defeated by… well….. a $%*(’ in clamp!

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#1 posted 06-13-2014 01:38 AM

In my experience, sometimes when tightening parallel clamps pressure needs to be applied in a downward/or upward direction on the screw handle to make the face engage/disengage. They can be fussy till you get used to how to apply the pressure. Frustrating sometimes.

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#2 posted 06-13-2014 01:41 AM

while you are screwing the handle put pressure towards the bar. It can be troublesome in some positions but after using them a few times you will not think twice about it

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#3 posted 06-13-2014 02:06 AM

OK, good to know – parallel clamps can be fussy. I thought it was just me.

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#4 posted 06-13-2014 04:53 AM

Also, you’ve got to hold your mouth right. Oh, and wear steel-toed shoes.

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#5 posted 06-13-2014 01:42 PM

Also FYI, those K Body parallel clamps are not discontinued…Lowes is no longer carrying Bessey products and have been liquidating their inventory. Home Depot is now carrying Bessey products.

-- paxorion

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#6 posted 06-16-2014 01:06 PM

Paxorion – thats correct. I meant to say that Lowes was no longer carrying them. I stopped by every Lowes in the area and apparently everyone else had got the memo – the Bessey clamp section was quite literally bare.

Thanks for the advice, folks!

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