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Forum topic by DWestwind posted 03-17-2009 01:25 AM 2107 views 1 time favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DWestwind

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03-17-2009 01:25 AM

I’ve been told by my dad that ”he who dies with the most clamps wins !” As I continue my journy into woodworking I’m finding this to be very true. Not having a fortune to spend all at once I’ll be buying them in two’s and threes. Sooooo what is, in everyone’s opinion, the best bang for your buck clamp of any size.

-- Westwind


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FEDSAWDAVE

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#1 posted 03-17-2009 02:34 AM

Depends on what your clamping…

-- David, Tools4solidsurface.com

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gizmodyne

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 02:37 AM

Pipe clamps. Buy four gizmos and a few different length pipes. But it does depend on the purpose. C clamps are overrated.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#3 posted 03-17-2009 03:20 AM

Like they have said. It depends on what you want to do with them.

I have about 20 Bessey K-Body clamps about 20 4” and 5” C-clamps, about 25 Spring clamps, about 8 one-handed quick bar clamps and 10-15 F-clamps.

I have 4 pipe clamps with no pipes. I haven’t needed them yet with the Bessey clamps

I use all of them, but I guess the ones I use most are the one-handed quick bar clamps. They are just so quick and easy to use.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-17-2009 04:31 AM

Like Gary I have about 20 Bessy K-body clamps that range from 24” to 50” with the majority of them in the 24” model. I have 4 Bessy F style 50” clamps and 5 8’ bar clamps plus a bunch of spring clamps. I tend to use the Bessy clamps for nearly all of my projects. On occasion, when I have needed to clamp some larger cabinets the bar clamps come into use but I seldom have to get these out.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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sikrap

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#5 posted 03-17-2009 05:48 AM

I’m also trying to assemble some tools for woodworking and don’t have a lot of cash to spend. I can tell you that Rockler is having a “closeout” on some Jet F-type bar clamps and some Y-type as well. I just spent about $50 for 6 36”clamps and 4 24”. Also, Lowes has the 24” Bessey DuoKlamp for somewhere around $18 (I’m old and don’t remember real well anymore). The Bessey can also be used as a spreader and works real nice.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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Vince

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#6 posted 03-17-2009 02:19 PM

I’m not a big fan of WHM tool group …..They have messed me up twice on custermer service …jet ,poweramatic and such…....BUT jet clamps are alot better then Bessey IMO

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Les Hastings

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#7 posted 03-18-2009 10:45 PM

5—-96” bessey
5—-84’ bessey
12——60” bessey
12——-50” bessey
24———-40” bessey
4—————-30” bessey
24—————-24” bessey
12——————-12” bessey

30——-6” bessey uniklamp
10————12” bessey uniklamp
10—————18” bessey uniklamp

I think that’s all the bessey’s I have,,,,,,,,,,do I win!!

I have a bunch of other clamps to, all kinds, but I do like my bessey’s the bestest!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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GaryK

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#8 posted 03-18-2009 11:07 PM

Les – You’re not dead yet so the rest of us still have a chance to catch up. :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 03-18-2009 11:10 PM

I’m pretty fond of my Jet parallel clamps. The Stanleys are nice too. I also have a bunch of smaller 6” – 12” Pittsburg bar clamps from Harbor Freight….not in the same league as the Jets, Besseys, etc., but for $2-$3 each, they’re very functional, and dirt cheap. Good choice when you need “quantity” on a budget.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Les Hastings

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#10 posted 03-18-2009 11:39 PM

Yea but Gary I’m a clamp junky, so your going to have to work at it iffin you expect to catch up! ;o)

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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Craftsman on the lake

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#11 posted 03-18-2009 11:46 PM

If you have a BigLots nearby, I’ve found some astounding sales on clamps in the past. 24” bailey Stanley’s for $10 and the 60” one for $15. They also have had on a regular basis stanley heavy duty trigger clamps the fatmax extreme for $10. Other than that I have some jet bar clamps that work well and are often on sale at Rocklers. Word of warning: Don’t buy any noname trigger clamps, You’ll squeeze to tighten them and then that’s it.. the last squeeze. They’ve got plastic gears inside.

I am also fond of wooden cam clamps. The ones that slide and then a lever cams them tight. They’re good for certain situations.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#12 posted 03-19-2009 12:17 AM

Do rubber bands and inner tubes count?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Craftsman on the lake

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#13 posted 03-19-2009 12:21 AM

Inner tubes! I used to use L hooks in a piece of plywood the shape of a guitar put the bent sides down and wrap bicycle inner tube, cut into long ribbons from one hook to the other over the top of the guitar to glue it down on the sides. It worked well.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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dustyal

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#14 posted 03-19-2009 04:47 AM

I try to use the lightest weight clamp that is in my arsenal that will do the job. Having said that, I don’t like to use the heavy pipe clamps and I have been shopping for a few more clamps—such as the Bessey that everyone mentioned. I guess I didn’t realize that woodworking is as expensive as owning a boat… and I didn’t think anything could top that.

Oh, don’t forget the clamp accessories… like the clamp stands and the clamp guides to hold your piece at 90 degrees. I picked up the Rockler set of right angles (standard and mini size) with their clamps… and that helped me on several projects—like the third, fourth and fifth hand.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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oldskoolmodder

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#15 posted 03-19-2009 04:54 AM

I don’t have all that many clamps, but the best ones I have and they work very well, are indeed the ones that Daniel mentioned from Big Lots. Bailey Stanley’s, though mine are the 24” and they only cost me $8 each, no 50 inchers there or I’d have snapped them up too. They really are nice clamps for the money. I rarely use clamps since I pocket hole nearly everything lately, so no need to invest in tons of things I won’t need anyway.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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