Anybody Notice Home Depot Dumped Jorgensen Clamps in Favor of Chinese Irwins

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02-13-2013 01:51 AM

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I was just in HD this afternoon and I had planned to pick up a couple of 12” Jorgensen HD “F” clamps.
They were all gone. Not as single orange clamp in the house.
In their place was a rack full of Irwins. I checked a few; all Made In China.

And the prices are all about 6% to 10% more than the Jorgensens which were Made In USA.

My first thought was to go to the clearance bin and see if any of the Jorgensens were there. NONE!

I hunted down the tool dept. manager and asked, “Where are all the Jorgensen clamps?”
He replied, “They bought them all back.”

Damn. This pisses me off.
I refuse to buy any of those cheap assed chinese crap clamps for more than USA made clamps.
I can drive to Harbor Freight if I want cheap assed chinese clamps.

Does anybody know if someone else is taking on the Jorgensen line?
Does Lowes have them? I’d have to drive 30 miles to get to a Lowes but would do so.

Screw HD.

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#1 posted 02-13-2013 02:01 AM

Either WC or Rockler, cant remember which has them. Has the 4pc cabinet set on sale too for $129.99.

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#2 posted 02-13-2013 02:06 AM

Woodcraft. On sale right now too – two 24” and two 36” cabinet masters for 130$.


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#3 posted 02-13-2013 02:10 AM

One of my local Ace stores carries Jorgensen clamps. I agree with your sentiment, Michael. Clamps made in the US are something I’ll easily commit to, and have. Love the Orange…

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#4 posted 02-13-2013 02:14 AM

My local Ace carried them, that is until they burned down. Hopefully when they rebuild they will carry them again.

That’s really unfortunate about HD. I’ll have to check my local HD and see if that’s the same story there. I hope not, but I’m afraid to know the truth.

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#5 posted 02-13-2013 02:22 AM

Irwins here too, no more Jorgensens. In Canada we have a few models of Jorgensens, the pipe clamps, heavy duty bar clamps, and handspring clamps at ”Princess Auto” in major cities.
Actually, there is an Irwin type of 3/4” pipe clamp that I really like, it’s the one with ‘feet’ on the bottom. I’ll glue-up some boards with two of these below the glue-up, and it’s nice to have it supported flat and level above the table. I’ll add my Jorgs to it for better pressure.

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#6 posted 02-13-2013 02:22 AM

Also of note, I bought a few jorgensen bar clamps at home depot a few months ago. The HD clamps I bought were proudly stamped “Made in the USA”. The non HD clamps I got had no stamp. On the UPC sticker, I noticed the dreaded words … made in china




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#7 posted 02-13-2013 02:25 AM

Joegensen switched to overseas mfg for many of their clamps, their full line isn’t made in the US anymore. Was bound to happen sooner or later.

Went to pick up a couple cab-clamps last week and my friend @HD said Jorgensen,came by and pulled them, no clearance sale, nothing.

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#8 posted 02-13-2013 02:25 AM

If we continue to buy them they will continue to control the market.

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#9 posted 02-13-2013 02:33 AM

I prefer the cabinet masters to other parallel clamps I have used. I like the hardwood handles, and they just feel sturdier and stronger. I’m going to try and pick up another few of those 4 packs while woodcraft has them on sale




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#10 posted 02-13-2013 02:34 AM

Been hearing that since 1977, it unfolded as promised, but it was necessary to make our own US built products more competitive. We’re getting there but long road ahead.

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#11 posted 02-13-2013 02:42 AM

Thanks for the tip about the Woodcraft sale and that these are made in the US – I may pick them up.

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#12 posted 02-13-2013 02:50 AM

I’ve been a big advocate for the HF bar clamps, but am quickly changing my tune. When they were all I had, they were great. Now that I have a good collection of quality clamps, they suck. It stinks that HD isn’t carrying the jorgensens anymore. Woodcraft sells them, but they are a little pricey compared to what home depot sold them for. Are the bessy bar clamps just as good? Lowes carries them.


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#13 posted 02-13-2013 03:06 AM

Interesting. I just checked Home Depot’s website and they are still offering Jorgensen clamps. Perhaps they are just removing them from the stores and keeping them available online. I haven’t checked my local stores.

But in any case, may I humbly suggest that we as consumers, offer some feedback to Home Depot? From the Home Depot website:

Connect with the Home Depot

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Please call us:



Give them a call and tell them that we don’t want to lose the Jorgensen hard lines in the stores. We don’t want to have to order online and wait to have it shipped to the store for our pick-up. We want to be able to walk in, pick it out, pay for it, and walk out with it!

I just did!

Just my two cents!


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#14 posted 02-13-2013 03:15 AM

I noticed that last week. No more Jorgensen clamps at my local store either.

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#15 posted 02-13-2013 04:35 AM


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