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Forum topic by BalsaWood posted 05-24-2017 05:49 PM 3307 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BalsaWood

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05-24-2017 05:49 PM

I was browsing around for some new bar clamps and noticed that the “Adjustable Clamp Company” is no more so pretty much no more Pony or Jorgensen clamps. I’ve been looking for clamps made in the USA and found only one company- Dubuque Clamp Works:

https://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/store/item/MS-ABAR.XX/Universal_Bar_Clamps

I’m thinking of giving their Universal Bar Clamps a try since from all the reviews I have read, they seem to be excellent clamps for a decent price. Anyone have these?


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Rich

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#1 posted 05-24-2017 07:44 PM

I bought six of the 72” clamps about 20 years ago for a table frame I was gluing up and have used them ever since. They’re great. Like the description on the web site says, when you get into that sort of length, it’s nice to have something lighter weight. The wing nuts are easier to tighten compared to the parallel clamps like Bessey, for when you need to pull things together.

Mine are stamped “Universal Clamp Corp, Made in USA” but they’re identical to those. A couple of them still have the price sticker on them. On sale back then, they were $28 apiece. Times do change.

You can see that they look pretty much identical.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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secharles

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#2 posted 03-15-2020 12:05 AM

are these what Paul Sellers is using? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyKiGmRq3wY

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Wintergreen78

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#3 posted 03-15-2020 12:19 AM

I’ve got four 24” clamps and four 36” clamps. I love them. They are light and easy to handle, the big wings give you plenty of leverage for tightening them, and they have enough surface area that they don’t mar the surface. The big aluminum channel is very stiff. They don’t flex at all no matter how much I tighten them.

I really recommend them.

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AMZ

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#4 posted 03-15-2020 12:35 AM

I’ve got a full complement of them, and prefer them over all others. bought mine from Tools for Working Wood and The Best Things.

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Rich

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#5 posted 03-15-2020 12:41 AM


are these what Paul Sellers is using?

- secharles

No, the clamps in that video are an inferior copy of the Dubuque clamps. One dead giveaway is the spacing of the stops for the sliding clamp face. The Dubuque are spaced 5/8” apart. Copies are all 1” and up.

You’ll find that the copies aren’t as stiff, the faces aren’t parallel like they should be and they are just generally lesser quality imports, rather than the Made In USA Dubuque.

I should note that, as I mentioned in my earlier post on this, they are now branded Universal Clamp Corp. It’s the same clamp though. Still made in the USA. Much like Kleenex and Xerox, the clamps are still referred to as Dubuques.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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BurlyBob

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#6 posted 03-15-2020 01:04 AM

Thanks, I’ve been looking for some better clamps. I have a large collection of Rockler pipe clamps that work okay. I’ve been wanting to upgrade to a better quality clamp.

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Andre

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#7 posted 03-15-2020 05:38 AM

I swear by mine for panel clamping, nothing better! 36” and 48” are what I find the most useful, and strong enough for spring clamping if needed!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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tvrgeek

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#8 posted 03-15-2020 12:38 PM

THose are nice looking clamps. I don’t look at origin, I look at the quality and utility. Pretty much any I have bought that were not Pony or Bessey I have not been happy with.

THeir price is not bad. Might give them a try.

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JackDuren

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#9 posted 03-15-2020 12:41 PM

There are many makers of sash clamps….

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