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08-15-2009 03:51 PM

I am planning to buy 36” or larger clamps. I did some online shopping and I saw some on ebay which is a good deal to me (link). Has anyone bought clamps from this seller? If so, how is the quality? Any other place to buy clamps for reasonable prize?



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#1 posted 08-15-2009 04:21 PM

I would second the Jorgenson clamps, they are fairly inexpensive and are strong and clamp nice and square.

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#2 posted 08-15-2009 04:42 PM

If you watch HF they have them on sale allot. I have a few of them but the threads strip out easy.. Seems the cheap tools cost me a fortune.

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#3 posted 08-15-2009 04:54 PM

Jorgenson pipe clamps are great. You can make the clamps as long or as short as needed by simply getting a longer or shorter piece of steel pipe. You can ever use a threaded coupler if you need to clamp something very long.

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#4 posted 08-15-2009 05:04 PM is having a sale on clamp 1/2 off right now

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#5 posted 08-15-2009 05:11 PM

I don’t know about these clamps in particular (I am not familiar with the company) but F clamps here in germany are in probably 98% of all wood working shops. We use Bessey clamps pretty often, they do not have this funny looking spring mechanism on the screw end though.

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#6 posted 08-15-2009 05:34 PM

For an inexpensive version of that type of clamp, it’s hard to beat the Harbor Freight Pittsburg bar clamps when on sale. As mentioned, they are lighter duty than the better parallel clamps, but still serve a purpose. They have 6, 12,18, 24, and 36”, and have a good return policy if you ever have a problem.

For heavier clamping, any of the better parallel clamps are super. I have the Jet and Stanley clamps and like both…have also used the Bessies and like those as well.

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#7 posted 08-15-2009 05:59 PM

Here is a link to the pro woodworkers site for the clamps on sale.

Clamp Sale

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#8 posted 08-15-2009 06:38 PM

this is what the pro’s use, wetzler clamps. they are amazing, and an investment in future woodworking successes.

have you thought of making your own? alot can be done with pinned wooden bars and wedges for pressure.
good luck

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#9 posted 08-23-2009 03:39 AM

I like bessy ,HF 3/4” pipe clamps(best buy) and the large heavy duty Irwin one hand clamps. I don’t own any but I think the Jet clamps Scott shows adjust easier than bessies.

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