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jeth

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05-04-2018 10:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: clamps capacity question

Hello all.. Just passing through to try and get some answers as usual..would love to be more active here but hard to make the time…

Could anyone give me an idea of the actual clamping capacity of pipe clamps with standard lengths of tubing (ie 24”, 36”) .... Before it’s said, I would just measure one, but I don’t have any.. Thinking of buying some but not sure how much longer the tubes will need to be then the things I need to clamp.. It’s a close call between the pipe clamps and some bar clamps so want to work out what the best option is before buying..

Thanks in advance…


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#1 posted 05-04-2018 10:12 PM

you buy 10 foot sections and make yourself a pile of assorted sizes.
a person can never have too many clamps !!!

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#2 posted 05-04-2018 10:16 PM

You lose about 5 inches. I have caps on my end threads, so I could maybe stretch it down to bar length – 4.25” but I don’t even try.

So, a 24” pipe has a 19” capacity, 36” pipe is 31” and so on. It’s a constant, and doesn’t depend on the length of the pipe.

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#3 posted 05-04-2018 10:24 PM

I’d check out HF aluminum bar clamps if I
were investing in clamps today and didn’t
want to spend a lot.

I have a lot of pipe clamps, mostly acquired
from estate sales a few at a time. They’re my
least favorite bar clamps. They work well, imo,
they’re just awkward to use.

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#4 posted 05-04-2018 10:26 PM

Buy some pipe couplings and you can make small clamps longer and long clamps capable to cross the room if need be. LOL
Just my $.02

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#5 posted 05-04-2018 10:52 PM



you buy 10 foot sections and make yourself a pile of assorted sizes.
a person can never have too many clamps !!!

- John Smith

Yep.. but things are tight so was hoping to buy a minimum of pre threaded standard lengths for now (price per foot is the same and I don’t have to get them threaded or buy a die).. Then I have the option of adding other tube lengths as the job in hand requires..

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#6 posted 05-04-2018 10:53 PM

Yep..Have seen them, but unfortunately not in the US and only limited range of stuff to choose from.. Had even looked into buying a job load of the HF clams as when offer they are dirt cheap and seem serviceable..alas..they won’t ship them too me :(


I d check out HF aluminum bar clamps if I
were investing in clamps today and didn t
want to spend a lot.

I have a lot of pipe clamps, mostly acquired
from estate sales a few at a time. They re my
least favorite bar clamps. They work well, imo,
they re just awkward to use.

- Loren


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jeth

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#7 posted 05-04-2018 10:55 PM



You lose about 5 inches. I have caps on my end threads, so I could maybe stretch it down to bar length – 4.25” but I don t even try.

So, a 24” pipe has a 19” capacity, 36” pipe is 31” and so on. It s a constant, and doesn t depend on the length of the pipe.

- Rich

Thanks Rich, that’s exactly what I was after! I figured the 24” tubes would not quite do it and I was right.. 36” it is then.. (Need to clamp some drawer boxes about 22” wide!)

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#8 posted 05-04-2018 11:03 PM

Glad I could help, Jeth.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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#9 posted 05-04-2018 11:19 PM

Jeth,
Something else to consider — I have 12 or 15 pipe clamps of different lengths and they are all 1/2” pipe. 1/2” pipe is cheaper than 3/4” pipe and I have never had a failure due to using 1/2” pipe clamps.

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#10 posted 05-05-2018 03:34 AM

Like many I have a variety of clamps for different work. Sometimes this means they all get used because that is how it works.

A tip for pipe clamps is to make a stand for them that attaches to the faces. This will keep all the clamps at the same height and sit flat. Any scrap will do, I put Formica on mine to keep them from being glued to my workpiece by mistake. Make one extra as a template. I add clamps when I see a deal.

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