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04-14-2021 11:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: clamp jorgensen handscrew

I’m looking at a pair of Jorgensen Handscrew Clamps on Craigs with the #5 stamped on the end. They are used, in excellent condition and are approximately 18” x 2 3/8” x 2 3/8”. They open up to a distance of approximately 13 1/2”.

I’ve looked all over the internet and have never found anything about Jorgensen with a #5.

Any ideas? Anyone know what they might price out at?


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#1 posted 04-14-2021 12:01 PM

photos of where you see the number 5 may help. (what is the asking price on C/L ??)
are you a tool collector? what part of the world are you in ?
to me, the Jorgensen’s are top of the line wood clamps.
I have a stack of the handscrew style in different sizes and never paid any attention to any numbers.
just for a good used clamp like pictured, I would pay 50% of the new price.
depends on “why” you want them.

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#2 posted 04-14-2021 12:20 PM

I like the Jorgensen’s too and these are a large size. But with that being said, I don’t think I’ve ever paid more than $5-$10 for any of the ones I’ve bought used, but the biggest is the 12”.

Going back to John’s question. If you are collecting or want them because they’re not common, then “new” price is probably in the $45-$60 range based on what one slightly smaller sells for. So maybe $25 or up depending on how bad you want it.

If you’re looking for clamps to use and don’t necessarily need that big of a clamp then $5-$15 maybe? These things are physically large and the volume of space they take up around the piece means you’ll likely only use them when you really need to clamp something big.

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#3 posted 04-14-2021 12:54 PM

and to add to what Mike said:
what type of woodworking do you do that would require such a large, cumbersome clamp
when there are so many other options available that would serve the same purpose with less hassle.
when I see wood clamps over 12”, I think of wooden boat building. (BIG boats).

Edit: I live in Central Florida. during the winter, the Snow Birds from UpNawth, especially the New England states, gather up all the vintage “looking” stuff they can find and bring it down here to their Florida winter home and sell it at flea markets as Gen-U-Wine Antiques. Local folks that don’t know any better will pay their ridiculous high prices just because of the mental factor tacked onto the “no so common in my area” items.
so, just because you can’t find any history on an item does not increase the value what so ever.
supply and demand; want vs need; actual use vs display; all determine how much you will pay for it.

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#4 posted 04-14-2021 01:35 PM

The stamp on the end is the model number.
5 represents the 18” jaw size
2 represents the 12” jaw size (most common I think) everybody go check. :)

I agree with the 25 dollar range. To me it doesn’t really matter if you pay more. 2 years down the road it’s not going to make a difference and you will have 2 more clamps hanging on the wall.

I wouldn’t mind having the 18’s, they can come in handy. I could have used them yesterday.
I clamped 2 panels together and those would have help get pressure to the middle.

You never know when you can use them.
I always say it’s better to have them and not need them, than to need them and not have.

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Loren

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#5 posted 04-14-2021 03:23 PM

I bought some large ones on ebay once. All I can say is they were pricey to ship in relation to what I paid. It was 20 years ago at least but I think I paid about $60-70 shipped for the three. It was an auction and one of them was too far gone and I threw it away.

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#6 posted 04-14-2021 07:17 PM

There’s nothing magic about the clamping depth so much. I think it would be easy enough to disassemble a 12” set and cut new hard maple jaws to get a deeper mouth.

The advantage of the big factory ones is the longer screws giving you the ability to get them open wide.

You really want to be fancy, someone take a 12” set and cut a heavy duty dovetail into it and make a set of interchangeable jaws with different lengths and tip profiles.

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#7 posted 04-17-2021 02:42 AM


There s nothing magic about the clamping depth so much.

- MikeDS


Unless you need an extra 6” for what you’re doing. Then they are magical… ;)

Call it what you want, it is one of the benefits of the bigger clamp.

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#8 posted 04-17-2021 02:59 AM

Don’t forget that Jorgensen and Pony products are now produced offshore, so it might be worth a premium to get ones produced in the USA.

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#9 posted 04-17-2021 03:45 AM

If in fact they are 18” long, and have a mouth of 13 1/2 that isn’t your average hand screw. I was pricing a 14” x 8” the other day, and new they would either be non-existent, or start around 50 bux each. For some as big as these, and that 14’s were the biggest I was finding I imagine the seller is asking a lot, so bargain buys aren’t likely to happen.

Remember we are currently in a tool desert, and when found prices are often silly.

For reference is an article with a size chart. #5 is as described above.

http://www.shopnotes.com/files/issues/106/10-best-handscrew-tips.pdf

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#10 posted 04-17-2021 11:48 AM

With a quick search, the only place I could find any reference for them ever for sale online was BH Photo of all places. I have purchased random stuff from them before not associated with photography but never any woodworking tools. Unfortunately, it just says not available so no old pricing information.

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