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post #21 of 23 Old 05-24-2015, 01:58 PM
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Actually bought the gear clamps for less wrist action and a replacement for the costly cam clamps. The cam clamps are great for laminate work. Actually if someone on here could make these cheap enough I would just buy them and pay shipping.
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OK well checked out that site and yes those were great prices but shipping was a nice chunk.
Like I wrote before, if the shipping cost seems too high, call them, because they have lowered it for me on many of my orders that had multiple clamps. The last order was for 12 clamps and the S&H was calculated at $41.81. The actual shipping was $23.81.

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But so now that that's settled and Jorgensen wins that catagory what are yalls opinions on F Style clamps. All of mine currently are from Harbor Freight, I know they aren't the best but they got the job done and now I'm ready to upgrade. So does Jorgensen win this catagory as well or does Bessey make a comeback. Right now if I replace all of mine with Bessey I can get the exact same amount and save $50. Woodcraft is having a sale at the end of the month. I've been looking at the Jorgensen ones as well which aren't much more in price. Now I do have 12 4" Bessey clamps I picked up when HD had a $2.99 sale so it would be nice to have all matching F style clamps but I open to try others.
I don't know about Bessy F-Style clamps. I only own Jorgensen F-Style clamps. I have had some of them for 30+ years. They still function just like the day I purchased them. The more recent ones are more "shiny", but they still function as good as the 30 year old ones. The "Heavy Duty" (HD) models are really nice! They have a longer throat than the "standard" model and they include nice wood protectors. They also can apply more pressure than the "standard" version. I don't have any of the "light" models.

When you get to purchasing spring clamps, I have a half a dozen of Bessys that I am happy to give away. They are total junk. The Jorgensen Spring Clamps I have are excellent!

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I own precisely four parallel clamps so don't have any experience to compare them to. They are Irwins that I got last year from HD on clearance for $20 each. I hate them. They are heavy and clunky to use. The jaws get stuck when adjusting/tightening even when the bars are clean. That said, they have tremendous clamping pressure so I still use them from time to time. I wouldn't buy Irwins again though.

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