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Forum topic by clowner posted 01-27-2021 05:25 PM 281 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2021 05:25 PM

Is the Merle Band clamp worth the cost difference compared to Rockler or Woodcraft band clanps?

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#1 posted 01-27-2021 06:07 PM

I have two sets in the box that I have never used if you have an interest in buying them. I would sell for 70% off the best price you find on the web.

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#2 posted 01-27-2021 06:55 PM

The Merle clamps use a steel tape instead of a nylon webbing. In gluing up coopered work glue gets all over the tape but it cleans up on the Merle while it dries in the nylon webbing.

I own some Merle clamps. They work well. I’ve never used the nylon style with the corner pieces. I used to make a lot of coopered forms and used the clamps for that, not so much for square work, though I did enough of that to vouch that they work well for that too.

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#3 posted 01-27-2021 07:11 PM

I’ve been eyeing a Merle clamp. I’ve used the strap kind and they are a pita. 15’ of strap tends to tangle and gets unwieldy. The thought of a take up reel is a great idea.

The steel band should also resist twisting, something that the fabric kind certainly does not!

A regular band clamp is around $20 so the Merle isn’t that much more.

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#4 posted 01-27-2021 07:21 PM

Recently bought a pair of the Merle clamp. Very happy with them.

-- Clark

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