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Posted on Parallel Clamps - Bessey or Jorgensen???

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 01-26-2015 09:18 PM

Can anyone shed light on longterm use with these clamps – and drawbacks after heavy use (i.e. misalignment of the jaws, slipping, ease of retraction)?

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Some of my older clamps are Bessey K bodies, and of the 8 the only thing that’s damaged on them is some cracked plastic on the fixed head of one (I guess I dropped it, don’t know for sure). Mechanically they are all very sound, and nothing has broken. But I also have some Jorgy’s that are quite possibly as old (I bought them second hand) and they are just as good, no damage, no mechanical issues. I’m not sure how old the K bodies are I mentioned, but I think I got them probably 12+ years ago. For the specific stuff you asked: none of them have misalignment or slipping problems. The Jorgy’s are hard to get the sliding head to move sometimes, but that also happens on my newer ones. The older Bessey’s do seem to get a little stiff in turning the handle, especially when you’re trying to really put the torque to it. I tried putting lubricating the screws with several different substances (oil, paste wax, and graphite) and none of to seemed to help.

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