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Too Many Clamps: Said No One Ever

What are some spots you guys go to get cheap clamps? Just wondering because I see a lot of guys on YouTube channels working with the Bessey 55" parallel clamps, but they're 50-60 bucks a pop. I'd love to get a couple of them, but $100+ for a pair of clamps seems like a lot.

I try to keep an eye out on Craigslist, but I rarely see guys selling clamps.

I will say that I've gotten good use from Bessey pipe clamps ($12/clamp, not including the pipe). I can make two 30" pipe clamps for about $45, which seems like a better deal.

I also have a few clamps from Harbor Freight, but the quick grip HF clamps are not great quality.

Are there any decent clamp brands out there that
I'm not aware of that are easier on the wallet? I feel like one can never have too many clamps.


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I have about 60 Pony pipe clamps from 24" to 100" they have always worked good enough for me over about 50 years, I have thought about some parallels but can't see sending $10 a foot to china But some people love them
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I have about 60 Pony pipe clamps from 24" to 100" they have always worked good enough for me over about 50 years, I have thought about some parallels but can't see sending $10 a foot to china But some people love them


Yea they're so expensive. And I see guys have an entire rack of them...$500 just in clamps.


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Yea they're so expensive. And I see guys have an entire rack of them...$500 just in clamps.


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I have always been able to glue up good joints with pipe clamps, I use black iron pipe and cover the pipe with waxed paper, especially using oak, the tanins in the wood and wet glue and steel works out to black stains

I guess if I was in bidness to make money I would think about them but for a very avid woodworker, I can spend money on some other toy that is more fun LOL
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I really don't see a lot of use for parallel clamps. I use only pipe clamps. You can get a 3/4" black pipe 10' long pretty cheap and cut it in half and make two clamps. Then all you need is the clamp fixture which I think is only around 15 bucks.
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#1 I stopped buying quick grips. Have some, never use them.
#2 Menards,harbor freight,Northern tool have descent clamps. Maybe not that popular brand but many get by just fine without the poplar brand name stuff.
#3 Look for a variety. Don't get hooked on the K-BODY clamps...
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Does the captured end pipe clamp screw onto the threads of iron pipe?

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iron pipe?

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Does the captured end pipe clamp screw onto the threads of iron pipe?
Cast iron pipe is a left over from years ago. If you mean "black" pipe or steel pipe, YES. HF sell this type of pipe clamp i for 3/4 black pipe:


Some clamp storage ideas from me and Leo G:
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Thanks, it's not obvious looking at the picture, and the description on Lowe's didn't say.

For clarification, I was looking at this photo, and drew the arrow.


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Irwin clamp doesn't require a threaded end...
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I have some of just about everything ranging from HF to Bessey. I picked up a few of the Bessey's when Lowe's dumped them for Irwin. Good sales.

I like the pipe clamps also, and a few of the bar clamps from HF.

By far, my favorite is the "F" style clamps from HF. Never had a problem with them, even when I hacked and welded them.
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Irwin clamp doesn't require a threaded end...
I did see that in the description, but wasn't sure if that also meant it couldn't.

I think I'll get some of the "BESSEY H-Style"; they are a little more expensive, but I like the way they look better.


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Why cap the end of the dang thing?

Why wouldn't they make the clamp so it cam slide at any place on the pipe? Threads aren't that hard to either make or have made...

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Why wouldn't they make the clamp so it cam slide at any place on the pipe? Threads aren't that hard to either make or have made...
Probably because the handle on the clamp end would hit the pipe, if it was sticking out that end?

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I did see that in the description, but wasn't sure if that also meant it couldn't.

I think I'll get some of the "BESSEY H-Style"; they are a little more expensive, but I like the way they look better.

There okay but the last used at work. A bit bulky...
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I bought these(blue clamps), used once and have been hanging on the wall for many years, Didn't like them...
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Thanks, it's not obvious looking at the picture, and the description on Lowe's didn't say.

For clarification, I was looking at this photo, and drew the arrow.

Just make sure you don't attach on the threaded end. They will slip off...
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Is there a reason there are only three clamps on top only or was it a test fit?
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Ya got that right but ...

Two wrongs don' t make a right, and as Rebelwork said don't used them on the threaded end... if you have them, they will slip off...

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Probably because the handle on the clamp end would hit the pipe, if it was sticking out that end?
I wouldn't own them. :frown2:

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