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Forum topic by Praki posted 12-25-2007 08:31 PM 7009 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Praki

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12-25-2007 08:31 PM

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Hi All,

I am looking to buy some clamps of which I am in severe short supply. Amazon has Denali bar clamp bundle and it seems like a really good deal. These are probably not in the same class as Bessey, but then my budget doesn’t permit them :(

Does anybody have experience with this brand and are they decent enough?

http://www.amazon.com/Denali-30-Piece-Bar-Clamp-Assortment/dp/B000NDMO94/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1198606728&sr=1-2

Thanks,
Praki

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker


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brunob

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#1 posted 12-25-2007 09:14 PM

I actually like just standard pipe clamps. They are very versatile and not all that expensive and you can make them in any size you need. Also, you can put a lot more pressure on them than the bar clamps.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 12-26-2007 01:12 AM

i would go for the pipe clamp as bruce mentioned. the denali clamps kinda suck. i bought two 48” when amazon had them for $5.50 each and probably wouldnt buy anymore even if i could get them at that price ($15+ now).

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#3 posted 12-26-2007 02:55 AM

I’m a pipe clamp believer even though I do have some Bessey’s. I had a few Denali clamps and got rid of them – they never held well. Were ok for very light clamping to hold parts to position, but that was about all.

The nice thing about pipe clamps is that you can make them as long or short as you need. I have four sets that I change from pipe to pipe as I need them. Works well for me. I seem to use the pipes more than the Besseys.

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Praki

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#4 posted 12-26-2007 06:18 AM

Bruce, Josh and Betsy – thanks for your feedback,

Okay, I am dropping the idea of buying these clamps.

For pipe clamps, are there any particular brands that you like? Or, hate for that matter :)

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#5 posted 12-26-2007 08:33 AM

Praki, I have some 1/2” Craftsman pipe clamps (48” and 18” pipes) that I’ve used for about 30 years and 2 3/4” Rockler Sure-Foot clamps that I’ve only recently purchased. I prefer the 1/2” for most stuff mainly because they’re a bit lighter (but not by much) for a given length; the pipes are cheaper, too. The advantages to the Rockler clamps are the built-in stands and the larger handles. I have had problems with clearance using the larger handles, though. I use standard galvanized pipe and I’ve clamped up to 12’ using the pipes I have using straight couplings.

whit

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doyoulikegumwood

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#6 posted 12-26-2007 10:33 AM

praki whit is right for most applacations all youll need is 1/2 in clamps they work for about 75 percent of what most of us do i like pony for a brand simply becus the sell them at every lowes home depote and manards ive every steped foot in and they work well i do have other brands but i try to use pony as my bnch mark when buying other brands one thing for your pipe try to buy it from a pluming supply place it usally half the price as a home center.

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Praki

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#7 posted 12-26-2007 05:50 PM

Whit and doyoulikegumwood,

Thanks for the advice. I have bought some 3/4 inch clamps (Fuller) but no pipe yet. I think I will get some Pony 1/2 inch clamps as well. Thanks for the the plumbing supply store tip; it is always nice to save some money!

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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