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Old 8th January 2010, 01:18 PM   #1
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Default Irwin clamps - any good?

I am going to get a set of clamps - like a set of 24" and a set of 12". Are the light weight Irwin clamps good or should I look at others?
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Old 10th January 2010, 09:22 PM   #2
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I am old school. I like big iron. Jorgson bar and pipe clamps. The "quick squeese" I never could get as much force as I wanted.

Actually, I use WEB clamps the most. Either my old Stanley belts or just rope and a dowel.
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Old 10th January 2010, 10:50 PM   #3
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Default Clamps...the Best

I have tried them all & the best I have found are Bessey K-Body clamps. Very well made & much more versatile than pipe or bar clamps. They are not cheap...you can find a set of 4 (2-24" & 2-40") on the net for about $150. It's a lot but once you get a set all of your other clamps will gather dust.

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Old 11th January 2010, 01:44 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I figured that the quick pull type were not as good. They have Jorgsons at my local ACE and look very sturdy. The Bessey clamps look great. I saw they have great reviews on Amazon except for the shipping which, for whatever reason, ruins many of them before the arrive.
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Old 11th January 2010, 07:28 PM   #5
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Stephen,

If there is a Rockler or Woodcraft woodworkers store in your area you can buy Bessey clamps there.

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Old 13th January 2010, 02:13 AM   #6
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I will look into this Kevin -THANKS! BTW I grew up not too far from you in Clarkston and Commerce Township area.
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Old 17th January 2010, 10:44 AM   #7
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I use the Irwin quick clamps and think they're great. I was a bit dubious at first (I have plenty of Record G clamps), so I only bought two. But they were good, so I bought three more. Then I discovered that it's easier to make a loudspeaker box almost all at once, so I bought another five. But that still wasn't enough, so I bought the remaining four in the shop.

Why/when do I like them? It's a lot easier using a clamp that requires only one hand. Manoeuvring everything carefully into position only for it to slip as you tighten a G-clamp is frustrating. Agreed, they can't apply as much force as a G-clamp, but it's usually enough.

By the way, the full quote is, "I'd rather have a full bottle in front of me than a full frontal lobotomy" (Tom Waits).
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Old 17th January 2010, 09:46 PM   #8
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EC8010, I was actually thinking of getting a few just for the reasons you posted. You can always do a quick clamp and them add a G-clamp if it is needed. With some planned mini monitors I would like to glue them up all at once. Front and rear baffles being removable.
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Old 19th January 2010, 07:32 PM   #9
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I think they should do you just nicely. Do make sure you buy the longest clamps, though. You pay for the clever bits, not the steel bar, and it would be a shame to buy some that are too short for a later job. Just so that we're talking about the same thing, the ones I have are the 24" Quick Grip.
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Old 19th January 2010, 07:38 PM   #10
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Yep we are on the same page. They do make them in "industrial" which are made a bit heavier duty. I will do a few of those in 24"
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