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Forum topic by HickWillis posted 06-06-2017 07:12 PM 3531 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2017 07:12 PM

Saw this pop up today. I wonder how their “new” clamps will be.

-- -Will

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#1 posted 06-06-2017 08:15 PM

Really disappointing….

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#2 posted 06-06-2017 08:36 PM

China wins again.

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#3 posted 06-06-2017 09:25 PM

An interesting story.

Maybe they should have spoken to the Carver Clamp company first for advice.

Speaking of good products I actually have some 3 way clamps I use of which I could never find out,
1 Who made them
2 Who sold them.
They work really well too!

Lots of woodworkers are looking for them or ones similar

Only pressed steel ones seem to exist today

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 06-07-2017 12:55 AM

So what’s everyone’s view of why China wins again.

Lets face it most American what cheap stuff. Harbor Freight and Walmart keep expanding for a reason.

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#5 posted 06-07-2017 02:18 AM

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#6 posted 06-07-2017 02:56 AM

very neat AlaskaGuy …I worked in a cabinet shop for 11 years …did not even know they had these clamps :<))

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#7 posted 06-07-2017 06:07 AM

Ah yes!....... trust Bessey to have a product like that,.... no wonder I cannot find any of my dinosaurs!!

And a better added feature too!

As to why China wins again sadly the company sold out to them after offshoring production, a possible inevitable decision, I wonder if Donald can bring them back?

Just imagine for a moment….. Detroit returning to its former glory!

A couple of non related companies here in Aus have been bought back from O/S ownership. So its possible.

Mind you there are plenty of CEOs (who have done so already) and who would love to sink a company and scuttle off with $millions with out a second thought.

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 06-07-2017 01:21 PM

The bessy clamps are slick. I am surprised they are not more “Red” than orange in the video.

Robert – - wasn’t aware that Jorgensen had already outsourced production.. The Closure announcement discussed the Illinois manufacturing.

From Chris Schwarz:
Pony Tools, which has made clamps in the United States since its founding in 1903, closed its doors earlier this month in an announcement that surprised woodworkers and other toolmakers.

However, the Easy Wood Tools subsidiary that Pony purchased last year, is continuing to operate and fill orders, according to company officials.

Details about the closure are scarce. The phone number for Pony’s public relations officer is no longer functioning and calls to the Chicago headquarters have been unanswered.

However Douglas Holman, the chairman and owner of Pony (and great-great grandson of the founder), issued a statement about the closing through Easy Wood’s social media:

“I am writing to inform you that on May 19, 2016, Adjustable Clamp Company d/b/a Pony Tools Inc. informed its Chicago employees that it was suspending operations in Chicago effective immediately. While this step was necessary due to issues unique to the Chicago business, the Company’s Easy Wood Tools division remains open and continues to operate its business. It is our hope that there will be minimal, if any, disruption to the business of Easy Wood Tools. This suspension of operations in Chicago has not affected our ability to fill Easy Wood Tools orders.

“The company is looking at all options in order to enable Easy Wood Tools to continue to operate. We are hopeful that you will continue to support Easy Wood Tools during this transition and we appreciate your past support. We will put forth our best efforts to keep you updated as more information becomes available.”

Pony’s orange clamps and wooden handscrews have been ubiquitous sights in woodworking shops all over the world.

While it seems Holman’s statement leaves the door open for the company to resume operations, perhaps under new ownership, you might want to stock up on orange clamps nonetheless.

— Christopher Schwarz

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#9 posted 06-09-2017 12:34 AM

I wonder if Donald can bring them back?
- robscastle


I’m sure you mean Donald Duck, right?

-- Rick M,

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#10 posted 06-09-2017 01:29 AM

Opps !!

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 06-09-2017 01:36 AM


Not much difference

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#12 posted 06-09-2017 01:39 AM

Opps again!!

Lesson 1 and 2: learn about US politics before puttig feet in mouth

Anyway some supporting info for DrDirt

Jorgensen Hand Screw Clamps by Adjustable Clamp Co., c. 1950s

That’s the tough thing about making a quality product for 100 years. If the design has been perfected, and the tool itself lasts a very long time, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep selling new ones—even to happy customers. Now, there are certainly more complex explanations for Adjustable Clamp’s eventual demise. Some have suggested that there were serious managerial rifts over recent decisions—including moving much of the parts manufacturing to China. Others blamed union demands, cheaper competition, or failing to keep up with new tech trends. But it seems friendlier to just say “they were too good for their own good”—whatever consolation that might be to the workers now out of a job.

I guess that just about sums it up.

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 06-09-2017 02:04 AM

I’m just playing around. I agree with the sentiment and wish they stayed American made but no president has that kind of influence.

The new Jorg is similar to the Yost I bought.

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 06-09-2017 02:08 AM

At the end of the day, if you want American made products, you have to buy American made products. Capitalists’ only loyalty is to the greenback. Buy American, they will make American. Buy Chinesium, they will make Chinesium. We don’t need presidents, or congress, or anyone else to bring manufacturing home (although it would be nice if they chipped in).

-- Rick M,

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#15 posted 06-09-2017 02:38 PM

Big ditto to Rick M. ^

This is also the case with people buying furniture, cabinets, other wood products. They want cheap and most people won’t pay for the labor and time it takes for someone to do it here… I’m guilty of buying the cheap at times. I’ll be the first to admit it.

I’ve got a couple “quick grip” clamps from Highland Woodworking that looks identical to the Yost and Jorg’s above. Very good clamps. Best I’ve used, actually.

-- Pete

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