Waxing Bessey parallel clamps?

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Forum topic by ScoFF posted 62 days ago 405 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Before I try it on my clamp I’d like to know if putting wax in the teeth willmake it slip or not grab when I tighten it. I have several other brand F-style clamps I tried this on and I couldn’t tighten them anymore, they just kept slipping and wouldn’t grab. I had to remove the wax. They had the same teeth style rail edge as the Besseys but might use a different method of grabbing them.

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#1 posted 62 days ago

No wax on clamps. Period!


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#2 posted 62 days ago

I have waxed my Bessey’s – no issues with clamping and helps protect them from squeeze out.

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#3 posted 62 days ago

I’ve waxed all my clamps and had no issues. I use Crystal Clear Paste Wax

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#4 posted 62 days ago

I also wax the rails on my Bessey parallel clamps (K-body Revos and Uniklamps) to protect them from squeezeout. Never had any issues with clamping force, but I’d definitely like to see what other people have to say in case i’m really doing something wrong.

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#5 posted 62 days ago

If your clamps aren’t sliding well, check the black plastic caps on the clamp head. I have noticed some of mine don’t allow any clearance between the black cap and the metal bar. A little filing on the slot in the black cap can fix the issue.
I haven’t had any issues with glue sticking to the bars, but I would be hesitant to wax clamps for the reasons you mentioned above.

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#6 posted 62 days ago

I wax my parallel clamps. No issues.

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#7 posted 62 days ago

Oh Well….....
I tried.
Wax away if ya wish. I just don’t see the value of the effort.
Having said that, I don’t wax my head either.
Now, waxing cast iron surfaces is a different issue, and we don’t wanna get that subject goin’ again. :)


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#8 posted 62 days ago

Wax on the parallels is just fine, the teeth on the bar will still hold.
If you hav trouble – just clean it off.

Helps keep the glue off, which is more of a PITA in the teeth of the bar to me.

Some F body clamps can slip with a smooth bar… I have never had slippage of any waxed clamps.
I have never waxed quick grip/Irwin clamps

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