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Adjustable bar clamps

I want to get some adjustable bar clamps like the one in the picture to fill out my collection. Mine are Craftsman. There are so many options now, I don’t know what to pick. I see Irwin, Dewalt, Jorgensen, Bessy and so on. The choices seem limitless.

Any advice on which ones are decent?
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I want to get some adjustable bar clamps like the one in the picture to fill out my collection. Mine are Craftsman. There are so many options now, I donít know what to pick. I see Irwin, Dewalt, Jorgensen, Bessy and so on. The choices seem limitless.

Any advice on which ones are decent?
Hi Quichstep,

I feel your pain...Lot's of choices for sure...

I like my "home made" (aka: read that to mean "traditional") clamping methods the best...Why? Well, because I have complete control over them, there size, there function...and they are almost always (always actually I think?) the least expensive by far...

Other than that, find the ones that...you like...and that work for you according to the way...you work...wood.

Make sure they are all balance in size and depth...

More of B+ grade clamps are better than a few A+ clamps in almost all circumstances I've experienced...We can never have enough clamps...LMAO...

That's my quick 2Ę on clamps ...Let me know if I can expand anything?
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I have had my Harbor Freight ones for years and use them all the time. The longer ones bend a little when I crank them down hard, but they are still fine. Point is, even the cheapest ones you can get aren't bad. I am sure you will be happy with pretty much any ones you pick. Don't stress over it.
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I have had my Harbor Freight ones for years and use them all the time. The longer ones bend a little when I crank them down hard, but they are still fine. Point is, even the cheapest ones you can get aren't bad. I am sure you will be happy with pretty much any ones you pick. Don't stress over it.

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I have had my Harbor Freight ones for years and use them all the time. The longer ones bend a little when I crank them down hard, but they are still fine. Point is, even the cheapest ones you can get aren't bad. I am sure you will be happy with pretty much any ones you pick. Don't stress over it.
I have quite a few of the HF ones as well, and some Jorgensen, haven't used them in some time. Once the quick grip style clamps came out they are my goto clamps. I have mainly Irwin, they have been fine, I bought them based on price, when they were on sale around Christmas. After those are some Parallel jaw type clamps, I have some Bessey, and Woodcraft used to run a great sale on Jet's at Christmas time. Next in the list is 36" Jorgensen pipe clamps, they are my most used pipe clamps. For me those are the clamps that see the majority of the work, but I really guess it depends on what you typically work on. I have more clamps, longer pipe clamps, hand screws, spring clamps, etc, but many of them collect dust.
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Harbor freight brand clamps have plastic pads, and soft grip, and come in many sizes. Never had one fail. They are my favorites. I have some Jorgenson clamps which I use last resort.

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I also have some Harbor Freight clamps but Iíve had failures with the cheap clamps. Iíve broken two of the quick grip style of cheap clamps. The Irwin and Jorgensen clamps are more heavy duty and will take more pressure without flexing or breaking at the squeeze handle.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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