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Workshop operational tips. #25: Bessey KRE-VO... Completed upgrade.

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 10-28-2020 10:12 AM 549 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boys and Girls,

If you are an egg connoisseur, you’ve just landed a double-yolker… you get a tip and a review completion in one.

Having just completed my review of the Bessey Vario Revo Clamp Jaw (and follow the bouncing ball for the real thing), where I addressed modification but not this full customisation.
Not happy with loose ends, I thought I’d go full hog and remove the original fixed jaw.

Closer inspection revealed the jaws were held in place by some sort of solid rivets,

... more on this later.

My first line of attack was to grind the heads of the rivets off… the plastic covering proved a bit resistant so I thought that a hacksaw was a better weapon,

Hmm, maybe for the optimists, but for me it was bloody hard work. Fired up the compressor and loaded with a thin cutting blade and subsequently launched a frontal attack on the jaw with bravado,

the mongrel fought back and refused to concede and while I managed to remove the jaw, the rivets refused to budge… I whacked it with a sledge but feared spreading the end making removal impossible so it was off to the drill press to drill it out. While I complained profusely… I should have kept my cool, held back on the cussing and admired the rugged Bessey construction.

Suddenly I discovered a new use for these new adjustable jaws….


as an adjustable outfeed rest for the long clamp’s bar… pretend you didn’t read that as I’m going to use this as another workshop tip blog (shhh!).

It was quite a pathetic attempt, however, I eventually extricated the rivet and had a new Vario clamp,

the two jaws not colour co-ordinated, but they worked.
Hell that was hard work and prompted me to go to the trouble of taking my cordless bandsaw out of its cradle, and tackle the jaw on the next clamp,

Took less than 10 seconds to cut through both ends of the rivets, however, I still had to drill down the centre of the rivets to weaken it for easier extraction,

While the black jaws had an “observation” hole to guide cutting, the red were enclosed,

forcing me to cut blind,

and making another dogs breakfast. Nevertheless the redheads made an equally impressive colour co-ordinated Vario clamps,

Then I had a closer look… those bloody solid rivets weren’t rivets but metal rods with domed ends,

all I had to do was, select an appropriate sized bold and simply hammer it out, leaving the second red jaw in pristine condition.
Not that it mattered as they were still destined for the bin, however, if I discovered this with the first clamp, I would have saved a lot of stuffing around.

So for all you thrill-seekers choosing to upgrade, just pop the rods and enjoy the new Vario clamps.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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robscastle

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#1 posted 10-28-2020 10:35 AM

Where did you have these hidden or did they these come from out of the Ark
and thats no yoke!

https://www.lumberjocks.com/reviews/4037

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 10-28-2020 11:03 AM



Where did you have these hidden or did they these come from out of the Ark
and thats no yoke!

https://www.lumberjocks.com/reviews/4037

- robscastle


It’s just a way for a yokel to turn Noah dredge into the Titanic’s unsinkable mother.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 10-28-2020 03:01 PM

Love to see these “deconstructions” of items. reminds me of my youth 8^)

Heck, now-a-days I’d just use the chop saw and whack off the last inch of the bar that holds the clamp head.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 10-28-2020 07:51 PM



Love to see these “deconstructions” of items. reminds me of my youth 8^)

Heck, now-a-days I d just use the chop saw and whack off the last inch of the bar that holds the clamp head.

- splintergroup


That’s what the rabbi said… just a little off the tip… won’t matter… didn’t care when I was young, but sure could use it now.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#5 posted 10-28-2020 08:01 PM

OMG you bragger,.....and I hope the rose bushes are thriving !!

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 10-28-2020 08:39 PM


..and I hope the rose bushes are thriving !!
- robscastle

They did,

but as I said, I was young then, and the ex was easily deceived.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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