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Forum topic by Randy T posted 07-09-2019 02:49 PM 4411 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Randy T

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07-09-2019 02:49 PM

Folks:

I wasn’t sure whether to post this question here, or in the Review section, as this is not an actual review.

I just received an ad in my email for a panel clamp that Woodpeckers has, called Clampzilla.
They seem very expensive, and I question putting out that kind of money.

That being said, I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with them, and are they worth the $$$$? If they work as advertised, it would probably be worth the money for me, as I do glue up a lot of small panels.

I haven’t included the webpage, as I am not sure if that is allowed or not. If it is allowed, let me know and I will include the webpage.

Thanks

-- Randy & Corinne, R&C Creations, British Columbia, https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/RccreationsCanada


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#1 posted 07-09-2019 02:56 PM

I got that email also and thought it was a neat idea but very expensive. I have a few of their products and quite like them but I think in this case shop made cauls and regular clamps will work just as well. Now I need to get me some nice parallel clamps but have not been willing to spend the money, but those Bessey parallel clamps look cheap now compared to these!

-- DannyW

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#2 posted 07-09-2019 03:02 PM

Well if you don’t want to use the old tried and true method that craftsman have been using for decades, you could get these i’m sure they will work well or buy about 6 of the Damstom clamps that do the same thing for $60 at rockler, etc.

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#3 posted 07-09-2019 03:08 PM

Here is the link. Nothing wrong with posting it here ;-)

On the other hand, there is something wrong with that price. As there is with most of the Woodpecker tools IMO… sigh. I really like that they are US made and from my limited hands-on with some of their tools, they are of very good quality. But the prices consistently scare me off from purchasing them.

There are alternatives out there if you google them. Everything from DIY versions to hardware kits that you make your own wooden bars for to complete solutions with hardware and bars. The WP version looks more robust. But not enough to justify the price difference IMO.

Just my $.02. YMMV of course.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 07-09-2019 03:43 PM

I have always done my panel clamping with bar clamps and some cawls.
These just looked to be quicker, cleaner, and less hassle.

I believe that these clamps put a little bit of actual pressure down on the panels as well to prevent buckling. I don’t believe that the Damston clamps do that.

Thanks for the comments.
Randy

-- Randy & Corinne, R&C Creations, British Columbia, https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/RccreationsCanada

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#5 posted 07-09-2019 07:55 PM

for the money ill pass,ive been gluing up panels for many years and have no problems using just good ole cheap pipe clamps.ive never been a fan of expensive clamps,i mean anything that applies pressure is a clamp so once that is achieved what more do you need ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 07-09-2019 08:25 PM

If you want to build your own here are the plans. I think I posted this link before.

https://hobbyworkshopprojects.blogspot.com/2019/03/woods-panel-clamps.html

“Wood” published these over 30 years ago now. Looks like this manufacturer liked them as much as I did, but the price, wow, highway robbery.

If you make your own, I can’t see more than $25 for wood and hardware each. and you will get more vertical press with this one.

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#7 posted 07-09-2019 11:54 PM

Clampzilla?
LOL
Some one is always trying to make a new and better mouse trap!
Woodpeckers is not only one with expensive system for panel clamping.
Peachtree sells the Panel Max system:
https://www.ptreeusa.com/clamp_panel_glueUp.htm
Although Peachtree Panel Max does seem to go on sale for 20-25% occasionally?

Cheers!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#8 posted 07-10-2019 02:01 AM

I have a set of the 36” Shopsmith double-bar clamps, and they work great. The bars have slightly convex faces that bear on the panel, and get drawn flat under clamping pressure. The resulting lateral pressure forces even the center boards into precise alignment with the rest of the panel.

https://www.shopsmith.com/ownersite/catalog/mvclamp_doublebar.htm

These are heavy-duty clamps, and you can get three 36” clamps for about the same price as two of the ClampZillas. So they’re still not cheap.

-- Dennis 'We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.' Charles Swindoll

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#9 posted 07-10-2019 04:46 AM

I use Dubuque Aluminum Bar Clamps for any panel clamping, see the price has gone up since I goy mine from L. V.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#10 posted 07-10-2019 07:08 AM



Here is the link. Nothing wrong with posting it here ;-)

- HokieKen

WOWser, they have outdone themselves this time with the gouge-a-thon pricing of theirs. When someone makes a Damstom clamp look like a great deal, that is something.

I still have several of the ShopSmith clamps from way back in the 80’s when I worked for them. Sinful prices I paid back then. IIRC they were 2 bux apiece, lol.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 07-10-2019 07:11 AM


Clampzilla?
LOL
Some one is always trying to make a new and better mouse trap!
Woodpeckers is not only one with expensive system for panel clamping.
Peachtree sells the Panel Max system:
https://www.ptreeusa.com/clamp_panel_glueUp.htm
Although Peachtree Panel Max does seem to go on sale for 20-25% occasionally?

Cheers!

- CaptainKlutz

It would almost be a toss for the model of these that is automated hydraulic, against the prices of those overpriced offerings of Woodpeckers.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 07-10-2019 12:48 PM

agree with everyone else – I’m a fan of some of woodpeckers stuff but these are just insanely expensive. When you can get multiple acceptable alternatives for the same price, something is broken
The only people that seem to have this type of stuff are the sponsored youtube/social media personalities

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#13 posted 07-11-2019 01:15 PM


There are alternatives out there if you google them. Everything from DIY versions to hardware kits that you make your own wooden bars for to complete solutions with hardware and bars. The WP version looks more robust. But not enough to justify the price difference IMO.

- HokieKen

Yeah, much cheaper and you can bevel the cauls to help with alignment, and make them as long as you want.

The two options below have about a 3.5/5 star rating. I couldn’t find any ratings for the Clampzilla. But if you have Amazon Prime, the Powertec option will run about $112 for 4 clamps (+ the wood for cauls). That’s cheaper than a single Clampzilla ($130 + shipping).

Powertec 4 Way Clamping System – $28 on amazon – Hardware for one clamp.

Rockler 4 Way Equal Pressure Clamp – $38 at Rockler – Hardware for one clamp

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#14 posted 07-11-2019 01:20 PM

North of $100 for a single use clamp?

Nah….........Nevery use them but if needed I can make a caul for $0.

Guys I’ve been glued panels for >30 years with pipe clamps, parallel clamps and, yes, the Harbor Freight aluminum bar clamps.

Gotta tell you the HF clamps do just as good a job as any of them.

On a side note, a caul won’t guarantee flat panel. Its all about accurately jointed boards and balanced clamping. A judicious strike with a rubber mallet while clamping will flush up an aberrant board.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#15 posted 07-11-2019 02:03 PM



North of $100 for a single use clamp?

Nah….........Nevery use them but if needed I can make a caul for $0.

Guys I ve been glued panels for >30 years with pipe clamps, parallel clamps and, yes, the Harbor Freight aluminum bar clamps.

Gotta tell you the HF clamps do just as good a job as any of them.

On a side note, a caul won t guarantee flat panel. Its all about accurately jointed boards and balanced clamping. A judicious strike with a rubber mallet while clamping will flush up an aberrant board.

- Robert


+1 totally agree and do the same.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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