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Rockler F-Style clamp - Any thoughts on if it is a good buy at the sale price?

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Forum topic by paxorion posted 07-13-2014 01:34 PM 377 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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paxorion

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07-13-2014 01:34 PM

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I was curious if others had any thoughts on the Rockler F-Style clamps vs the Bessey Tradesman. I’ve been gradually replacing my HF F-style clamps, and my 12” range, while functional, do look like they are in pretty sorry shape.

I’ve primarily been eyeing the Bessey Tradesman range as a viable replacement. However the current sale with Rockler's F-Style clamp at $7.49 each makes me think it may be an alternative to consider. Spec-wise they seem very similar, with a 1” x 1/4” bar. Any thoughts on whether it is a good buy?

-- paxorion


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#1 posted 07-13-2014 10:37 PM

I’ve had some bad luck with Rockler clamps. They don’t pin the fixed head to the bar and over time they come off. I think either pass or buy some steel dowel pins along with them and plan on drilling and pinning the heads on so they stay.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#2 posted 07-14-2014 01:18 AM


I ve had some bad luck with Rockler clamps. They don t pin the fixed head to the bar and over time they come off. I think either pass or buy some steel dowel pins along with them and plan on drilling and pinning the heads on so they stay.

- mramseyISU

Thanks for the warning. I had a chance to play with the shop I go to and found that the clamp seems very much like it has the Bessey Tradesman design, but I’m not a big fan of the handle, so I think I may PASS on this one.

-- paxorion

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 02:56 AM

I have the bessey tradesman clamps with the 2K handles; they’re far and away better than any other f style clamp I’ve used. All my future f clamps will be bessey 2k tradesmans.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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