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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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The clamp like this one:
Amazon.com: Jet 70440-2 40" Parallel Clamp 2 Pack: Home Improvement

I know it has a bigger face to touch the wood, did I miss the major points? What is the advantage compared with regular F-Clamp and the following Pipe Clamp?

Amazon.com: Bessey BPC-34 3/4-Inch H Style Pipe Clamp: Home Improvement

The pipe clamp is cheap and exchangeable, I suppose it should be the most popular clamp. But I saw people used more F-clamps than pips clamps.
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Will, the one word answer is, "Fixity".
Parallel clamps maintain.......parallel. Glue can actually act as a lubricant in glue-ups, and it is for this reason that parallel must often be maintained, but even parallel clamping must be done correctly. The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line - but even this can be seemingly compromised in some glue-ups.

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Those are very nice, but also have a nice price tag.

I wonder if a setup using cauls and clamps might be just as good, but not cost as much?
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For what it's worth, the Jet clamps are only 4 times more than the Bessys you've linked to, but you need to add in the pipe cost which may be near $12 for 40" black iron, now the clamp is about $25-$27 and suddenly the Jets are only twice as much. Sure its a lot, but then you get a lot more too.

http://www.amazon.com/Jorgensen-8048...6558418&sr=8-1 $50 each

Amazon.com: Bessey KRX2440 K Body REVO Fixed Jaw Parallel Clamp Kit Includes: 2-24-inch, 2-40-inch K Body Clamps and 2-KBX20 Extenders: Home Improvement Check out this deal, (2) 24", (2) 40", and (2) bar extenders, all for $150

I think a good set up is to have several of each type, the bar clamps are less expensive and interchangeable with different lengths of pipe so sure you want to have those available. Don't not get them, they can be great. But there is a time and place for the parallel bodies too.

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Many thanks to Will for bringing the topic up and Otis and Jack for sharing their thoughts on the subject.

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Those are very nice, but also have a nice price tag.

I wonder if a setup using cauls and clamps might be just as good, but not cost as much?
I think the price tag is NOT nice!
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I just recently decided to gradually start switching out all my clamps for the Bessy Revos. Yes. They are expensive. They are worth every penny. There hold power and ease of far exceed anything I have previously used. Something I have quickly learned with clamps is that, like most anything else, you get what you pay for.

The 4 pack with extenders from Amazon is a good deal, and in fact I will be discussing it with SWMBO this evening.
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I bought that two JET 40'' clamps with $60 from Amazon when they were on sale.
I wonder how JET clamps compare with Bessy? The Amazon Bessy deal looks great.

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I just recently decided to gradually start switching out all my clamps for the Bessy Revos. Yes. They are expensive. They are worth every penny. There hold power and ease of far exceed anything I have previously used. Something I have quickly learned with clamps is that, like most anything else, you get what you pay for.

The 4 pack with extenders from Amazon is a good deal, and in fact I will be discussing it with SWMBO this evening.
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I have heard really good things about the Jet clamps, and are at least as good as the Bessey's. I do believe the blocks on them are a little bit bigger. The only reason I went with Bessey over Jet is I can get Bessey clamps often on sale at woodcraft and Lowes, where no where local sells the Jets.

As an FYI, I did end up taking advantage of Amazon's deal. If you don't mind waiting 5-8 days you can get shipping free. Thank you Jack for pointing that out.
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