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Blackfin29

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03-14-2019 01:34 AM

Clamps… I remember starting out and somehow I lived with maybe 2 parallel and 4 or 5 bar clamps from Harbor Freight (Which actually make a descent bar clamp, and I’m NOT HF cheerleader).

Just want to share my frustration… Winter has me sweating the small stuff…

I’m DEEEPLY committed to Bessey clamps… My OCD forces me to remain somewhat brand loyal simply because my brain needs organization. Silly yeah I know.

After years of getting my Bessey collection to a very respectable point what happens?????

Well don’t I find these AWESOME Dewalt Bar Clamps that are skookum as hell, and GREAT handles for tightening down the screw…. Super heavy weight

Anyone else seen these Bad Boys Dewalt has out?? MUST be the 3.25” throat, and they come in 6” and 12” bar… These things are built like a Sherman Tank!!!

Just want to share my pain… Dewalt, how I do love thee, but I can’t start over with my clamp collection!!


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Blackfin29

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#1 posted 03-14-2019 01:38 AM

thar she blows, picture doesn’t do the weight of these suckers justice… they’re stacked.

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MPython

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#2 posted 03-14-2019 01:52 AM

If your Bessys work, use them. If you chuck what you’ve got every time someone comes up with a better mousetrap, you’re going to blow a lot of money for not a lot if improvement.

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HackFabrication

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#3 posted 03-14-2019 02:28 AM


My OCD forces me to remain somewhat brand loyal simply because my brain needs organization. Silly yeah I know.

I feel your pain, and have a similar condition. Although mine is with Pony and Jorgensen…

-- "In the end, it's all Hack..."

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Snipes

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#4 posted 03-14-2019 02:29 AM

I think you should switch over.. what do you want for your old crappy ones?

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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WoodenDreams

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#5 posted 03-14-2019 02:49 AM

Maybe you want to sell your mismatched clamps. Check with a local woodworkers club, and let them know you have F-clamps for sell. The woodworkers club out here has a annual garage sale in April, to sell all the tools they no longer need or use, if not want to upgrade to another tool. It’s open to all. This is one way to solve your OCD.

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SMP

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#6 posted 03-14-2019 04:39 AM

You should build up the dewalt set, then checkout the Festool clamps :)

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Blackfin29

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#7 posted 03-14-2019 11:01 AM


You should build up the dewalt set, then checkout the Festool clamps :)

- SMP

HAHAHAHHAHAHHA… now that gave me a good chuckle, really did… However, I’ve had my mitts on Festools and they just didn’t give me the warm and fuzzy these Skooooookum Dewalts do.

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Firewood

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#8 posted 03-14-2019 12:23 PM

I have too many clamps….

...said no woodworker ever

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 03-14-2019 12:36 PM

It’s my belief that the manufacturers always develop the final version of a tool first. Then they dumb it down for introduction; all the while planning the 3+ upgrades that will keep us buying the newer models as they’re released.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#10 posted 03-14-2019 01:15 PM

Wanting your clamps to match is a curse. Sorry man. ““A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” – Emerson.

I love my Bessey clamps and use them (the parallel ones) for essential work, but have a variety of long pipe clamps for things that are…well long…and a collection of Jorgensen ones that are not made anymore (some F some aluminum bar) and a big stack of no name 36” F clamps for when I am batching out 10 drawers at a time.

Next you will want your chisels to have the same handle and when you split one you will go nuts. After that will be planes all the same brand. You see it is a slippery slope.

A long time ago there was a world dart championship, called “News of the World” as that news paper was the sponsor. In the final round one year was a dart player that had miss-matched dart flights (the artificial feathers on the tail). When asked he simply said “it is the artist that paints the picture, not the brush”.

Oddly the clamps I want, I can’t find in the US:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverline-Tools-613111-T-Bar-Cramp/dp/B01MXDDXGN/ref=sr_1_13?keywords=sash+clamp&qid=1552569268&s=gateway&sr=8-13

Good strong and long sash clamps…

I think I have at least 7 brands of clamps and yes if I could waive a wand and make them all the same I would, but I don’t shy away from one that is a deal and a good clamp if it isn’t part of my current team. Most of my clamps come from auctions anyway.

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CaptainKlutz

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#11 posted 03-14-2019 02:59 PM

Yes, clamps are infectious disease. Can go broke if dare let OCD get in way.

Thankfully my clamp OCD disappeared shortly after I bought 18 used slightly rusted pony IBEAM clamps from an auction for ~$5 each.

They are massive, and make pipe clamps look like a wimpy tooth pick. Interior/Exterior door glue ups are effortless now thanks to couple of 8 footers. Can crush boxes made from sheet goods if not careful.
Suddenly, all my other clamps are ugly orphans. I dare you to try a couple when gluing large things and not dispise rest of your clamp collection afterwards.
Due massive weight of swinging around IBEAM clamps: still use all the other parallel, pipe, and F clamps in my collection as needed; but it has become hard to get excited about clamps every again.
:-0)

Cheers!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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TimInIndiana

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#12 posted 03-14-2019 03:07 PM

I’ve been pretty impressed with the Masterforce F clamps at Menards: https://www.menards.com/main/tools-hardware/hand-tools/clamps-vises/masterforce-reg-12-f-clamp/3060467/p-1444439537442-c-9135.htm?tid=-5080349836855075187&ipos=8

I think these are the same ones Matt Cremona frequently uses.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 03-14-2019 03:32 PM



Wanting your clamps to match…
Next you will want your chisels to have the same handle and when you split one you will go nuts.
After that will be planes all the same brand. You see it is a slippery slope.

- BlueRidgeDog

Matching clamps: Check
Matching chisel handles: Check
Planes same brand: Check

I don’t see a problem there at all. :-)

Go all dewalt if you like them, and don’t look back!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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pintodeluxe

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#14 posted 03-14-2019 03:36 PM

I don’t really like F style clamps. Mostly Parallel clamps and pipe clamps for me, regardless of brand. The little round contact pad is too small on F style clamps. They just don’t close up a joint like a parallel clamp. And… I doubt anything will ever replace my trusty pipe clamps for basic panel glueups.

The bar does look pretty stout on those Dewalt clamps though.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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DS

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#15 posted 03-14-2019 03:59 PM

I just finished a glue up that took nearly every clamp I’ve got. It was an eclectic collection of every brand and type imaginable and barely got the job done.

I would say that I care less about the aesthetic of my clamps than whether or not they will get the job done.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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