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Posted on Parallel Clamps - Bessey or Jorgensen???

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#1 posted 01-27-2015 12:09 AM

Thanks for all of the responses. One of the major draw-backs I read regarding Irwin was the very soft steel used in the bar, which when clamped under a lot of torqe, tends to mar the surface and you have to file this out later. They also seem to be unneccessarily heavy in weight when compared to other, and the bar is smooth rather than machined with ridges to hold the sliding head in place. I’d also like to find out from those that have used Jorgy’s and Besseys if there is any hardness difference regarding the clamping faces/pads. Max clamping pressure is also irrelevant to me because an advertised clamping pressure of 1500lbs is something that should never be needed. I don’t think you can get a better clamp than the Jets, but you’re going to pay a premium for them for sure.

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