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#1 posted 10-12-2011 01:12 AM

My biggest frustration with clamps is when my parts want to float on the glue and slide around. the parallel clamps don’t do this as bad as the others, but it still happens. Sometimes, if it’s where it won’t show, I put a 23ga pin or two in the parts to hold them in alignment.

- I only have 4 Jorgensen, parallel type, Cabinet Master clamps because I can do the same job with pipe clamps, but wanted a few just to see why a clamp could sell for $50. Be very careful how you pick these suckers up. I have had the clamp head slide down the bar and pinch the crap out of my hand. Twice. They stay on the wall now mostly.
- I have about 6 Jorgensen “Pony” pipe clamps, and many different pipes to use them with.
- Then I have about 4 of each size Jorgensen “F” style clamps, from 6” through 48”. Standard duty up to 18”, then Heavy duty from 12” thru 36”. These are my second most used clamps.
- I have a dozen or so of the HF “f” style. They are ok, just a little jerky to adjust, not smooth gliding like the Jorgensen.
- I have about 8 of the speed clamps, different brands, don’t really like them except for the big X600 series by Irwin and they cost as much as a good parallel cabinet clamp so what’s the purpose?
- Then I have 8 “C” clamps each of 2”. 3”, 4” ,6” and a couple of 8”. Use these more than anything else. The “C” clamps are all different brands. I like the HF the best because they are cheap and work just as well as the better brands.
- Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I have 6 of those wooden screw clamps. Don’t know why, they just look good in a wood shop.

Most of my clamp money was spent on Jorgensen because I like seeing “MADE in USA” stamped on the bars. And being from Tennessee maybe it’s partially because they are Orange.

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