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Posted on Best clamps. What do you have?

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#1 posted 10-12-2011 06:04 AM

I have two of the black and orange HF bar clamps and think they’re complete garbage. I got them for christmas from a family member who shops at HF often for automotive stuff. A lot of their stuff is OK, but I wouldn’t recommend these to anyone. Their clamping ability / clamping pressure seems much worse than the 1st generation irwin quick grip clamps which they look like they are designed to compete with. I have a bunch of the quick grip clamps and use them all the time for holding stuff down or when face gluing two pieces together. I don’t use them for that because I think they’re the best clamp for the job, just because I don’t have a lot of clamps so I tend to use everything I’ve got.

All in all I would recommend the quick grips, they’re really handy to have around. My parallel jaw clamps are jorgensen from home depot and I have no complaints, although if I were buying more I would probably buy jet clamps, they seem to be the best. I also have a lot of the bessey f style clamps and like those as well.

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