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Gary, with my Bessys, I find that tilting the handle while releasing the clamp makes it easier.
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I have 8 Jet parallel clamps and really like them. I looked at Bessy, but the jets have a little release lever that makes unclamping quick and easy. I have pairs of four different lengths, from a 60 inch, down to 24. Bought them when I was flush. The clamps in the video have standoffs on the spine to keep the bars separated from the workpiece. Keeps the glue under control. I use small cutoffs for that occasionally, as well as keeping a few rolls of wax paper to keep glue off the clamps.
I am with you these clamps are the worst. Need 3 hands to adjust. I going to get some jet 24 and try them. I was going to buy a few more of the bessey 24 's. My desk I'm building worked great for clamping takes to long to set up. I tried my hardest but cant like them.

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Check out the DeWalt parallel bar clamps at Home Depot. They operate much like the Besseys but have smooth bars that shouldn't collect so much glue. They're a little cheaper than the Besseys. I haven't tried them yet; waiting for a need to arise.

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I like the hollow aluminum clamps as well. Really light and easy to handle. Have long, medium and short versions. The Jets are really heavy, but the release lever makes them a little easier to fit. The Bessey and Jet clamps are good weapons too.
Ordered jet clamps I hate the besey clamps. Ordered 2 40 inch. Bessey are cheaper but not when you pull hair out trying to use them. Let you know when I get them.
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@roofner Gary, hope you like them as much as I do. I really like how stiff the bars are on this kind of clamp. The cheaper lighter weight ones distort badly when you tighten them. Doesn't hurt to wax them.
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I like Bessys to hang on the wall to impress people. Mine are brand new,too heavy for me to use, I like my HF ,don't worry about getting glue on them, if you get glue on them you are using too much glue, other wise it wouldn't squeeze out all over the place. And as far putting so mush pressure on them that they bow, ,you are putting way too much squeeze on them.

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I did not buy for added pressure but the square pressure you get from parallel clamps. The Bessey are the best clamps that currently own. But are terrible for setup. Quick release on jet should fix setup problem.
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Yeah, the point is the square pressure.

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I love the jets used them all day to day they work as expected with bessey f style clamps with quick release. I will buy more probably some 24 inch. Maybe amazon will have a sale.
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I love the jets used them all day to day they work as expected with bessey f style clamps with quick release. I will buy more probably some 24 inch. Maybe amazon will have a sale.
Glad you like them. I have longer ones that I use to square up cabinets during glueup.

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