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I have the old Bessey and they are a little finicky. The new Besseys are supposed to be better.

I was trying to find the link to a review I just saw from Wood Magazine, but no go. What I remember was Jet was their #1, with Woodcraft their best value.

This is the link to Fine Woodworking's review of Jet's clamp. From everything I've read, people that have them, love them.

http://www.finewoodworking.com/ToolGuide/ToolGuideProduct.aspx?id=28719
 

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I have both and I prefer the Jet clamps over the Bessey. The handles are larger and easier to use on the Jets. Along with the docking system the ruled bar on the Jets and the trigger/jaw lock release, I don't think you can beat them. They are heavy though as most quality tools are. Even at the same price, I'd spend my money on the Jet clamps every time.
 

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I have a Jet cabinet set with four clamps, dogs and the 90 degree blocks. I'm very happy with them. They got good reviews in woodworking magazines. I haven't used the Bessey to compare.
 

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I love my Jet clamps. I picked up the four clamp cabinet set and a set of the 50" last summer when Rockler had them all on sale. I really like that the Jets have the rule measurements on the bar. I haven't used the Bessy's either but after close inspection of them in stores I'm happy I got the Jets.
 

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I got 4 50" Jet clamps, mostly based on online reviews. When positioned, they're really nice, but on all my clamps it's been hard to slide the clamping head back and forth and I had an awful time yesterday reversing the head to get it into spreader-mode.

I took a closer look and it seems like the spring doesn't position itself well. The way it's designed is the spring had a rectangular profile that allows the bar to pass through it. The trouble is the design allows the spring to float around a lot and I think the bar rubs against the spring and makes it hard to slide the head back and forth.

I wonder if this is a unique problem for me. The clamps were quite expensive and are kind of a PITA to use.
 

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Funny, I was in a thread the other day where a bunch of people hated their jets…

I bought 8 JETs last thanksgiving when they went 50% off. They work well and are very beefy. The only thing I don't like is that they are difficult to slide up and down the bar. You kind of need to fiddle with them a bit or hold them at the right angle to get them to slide.

If the price is right, I would buy the JETs again for sure.
 
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