Older K-body Revo worth it? Wood Handles.

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Forum topic by PatrickIrish posted 04-13-2018 03:51 PM 666 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2018 03:51 PM

I picked up my first pair of Bessey K-body Revo’s last week. Home Depot surprisingly had the best price. $37 for a 24”, I got two. I was then at Rockler and they had yellow tags on K-body Revo. $32 for a 40”, I got two.

I was about to buy some Dubuque bar clamps as reviews are great BUT I came across some used K-body clamps but can’t figure out their age. Seller says that are about 10 years old. Have the wooden handles.

Seller is asking about $25 for the 12” and $35 for the 42”. Seems a little high 10 year old clamps and no pads.

My main question is are these Revo Jr or the regular Revo?

Unless the seller drops price, the Dubuque are cheaper.

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#1 posted 04-13-2018 03:57 PM

Those are just the original K-body clamps.

I have some. They work good. Heavy but
the jaws stay parallel and that’s the important
thing. I usually use a lighter clamp if one
will do. I’d prefer they had steel flats on the
ferules for a wrench. I’ve drilled holes through
one or two handles for a screwdriver.

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#2 posted 04-13-2018 04:01 PM

Those look like some of the older Bessey Clamps that I have. (Not sure if they were called REVO though) As a comparison, here is a pic of a cabinet door set I bought from Amazon in 2003 for $150/

(2) 24” and (2) 40” clamps with the block set

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#3 posted 04-13-2018 04:22 PM

I have a bunch of this style, original k-body.

Good clamp, but the handles are rather a pain. Difficult to get a good grip on.

Keep your screw threads lubricated and dab some thick grease where the screw connects to the flat disc, this will keep them turning easy.

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#4 posted 04-13-2018 05:05 PM

Apparently Bessey is coming out with a new version of the Revo with improvements to the jaws and making the pads less brittle. Might be why all of the big box stores are discounting their stock. I know the local HD is completely out of Revo.

I have both the wood handles and the newer plastic/foam ones. The wood ones were definitely hard on the hands but the jaws worked better. Both versions have problems disengaging when you remove the clamps. Apparently the new ones are also supposed to be improved there as well.

Still they are really good clamps and I use them exclusively. If you get a good price on older used ones you are getting a good deal.

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Derek Cohen

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#5 posted 04-13-2018 05:14 PM

My solution was to wrap the handle with silicon tape …

This creates a permanent grippy handle.

Regards from Perth


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#6 posted 04-13-2018 06:04 PM

Ya – those wooden handles hurt my hands :(

What I do like about the newer version (besides the handle) is the hole in the ends where you can join two clamps together with their extender, but I have a dropped a couple of them and they have chipped the plastic edges (they are brittle)

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#7 posted 04-13-2018 06:12 PM

Those are the original version of the K body clamps. They got around to drilling a hole in the end and putting a clip on it later, the first ones had those dimples that you see at the end of the bar to keep the sliding head from falling off. I converted all my version 1 K bodies to the plastic clip. I got the clips from Bessey and filed the dimples off. then I drilled the holes for the clips.

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#8 posted 04-13-2018 06:26 PM

As you can see, I like Besseys…...I have a bout 30, from 12”—60”....I like to have 4 of each size….!! I plan to get more…!! I have the old style (originals), and the newer style with the rubber grips….I like them both…!!

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