Damston 300 black edition vs plano vertical press

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Forum topic by Jerlac posted 01-03-2015 03:52 AM 740 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2015 03:52 AM

Looking to buy some clamps to do some panel glue ups. Ive never seen those clamps in real action just videos on the web but everything is perfect on the web until you start using it. It there anyone out there that has used them to say some bad and some good about those clamps.

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 04:55 AM

I have Plano and while it works very well, lifting boards
and glue ups in and out of it can be awkward due to
weight as it is top loading. The mechanism is a little
funky. Once set up for the glue-up width it works
great though. It draws the glue-up flat from all 4
sides due to the funky mechanism. This other one
doesn’t look like it does that exactly… more like you
choose a flat side and push the top bar down on top
so the thickness variations or variations in board straightness
are not compensated for as evenly as with the Plano.

Just my theory. You’ll get used to either system.

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#2 posted 01-04-2015 12:57 AM
If you buy the Damston, Plano, Peachtree or other cheaper panel clamps you are wasting money. Curved cauls made from 2×4’s and existing clamps you should already own will outperform all the panel clamps on the market. The curved crown is the key that seperates them from the more expensive clamps. Sometimes cheaper is superior.

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