View Poll Results: What parallel (K-body style) clamp do you like best?

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  • Bessey K-Body

    14 77.78%
  • Irwin Quick-Grip parallel jaw

    0 0%
  • Jet parallel clamp

    3 16.67%
  • Jorgensen Cabinet Master

    0 0%
  • Stanley-Bailey parallel clamp

    0 0%
  • Woodcraft parallel clamp

    0 0%
  • Other

    1 5.56%
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Thread: Poll and questions on parallel clamps-K body style

  1. #1
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    Poll and questions on parallel clamps-K body style

    OK, I'm seriously contemplating using some of my money saved for a cabinet saw to get started in the world of cabinet clamps. I want 2 sizes, but not the normal 24 and 40 inch units that the kits come with. My preference is the 31 and 50" units, but in researching prices, Frozen Warrior shows the best prices in the last 90 days on the Jet clamps being for the 40 and 60" models. On the larger size, by almost 17.00 a pair better price. !! (83.07 for the 40" and 66.30 for the 60", both prices for 2 clamps)
    Also in my research, it looks like the Jet's get the overall nod for most features/quality for the money, with the Bessey's a close second. Has the introduction of the Revo closed that gap or made them switch placements? How do the other clamps stack up in comparison?
    With the poll, show which one you like best. Please answer with why you like it. Pros and cons on the brands you have personally used would be most helpful. If you've used many of them, if you could rank the ones you've used in a post here, that would also be helpful. The Stanley/Bailey at Big Lots could still be a good clamp for the money they have them at, but not as good of a clamp as the others. But the why is what I'm looking for help with. Feel free to list other brands I don't have listed. I know there is one brand that the pros really like, but it is way out of my league!
    As always, thanks in advance!! Jim
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    the bessys were what i started with do to peer pressure years ago, i have some of the jorgys, bar clamps but they are in a class all by them selfs.. in my opinion the "revo" didnt help there ratings,, just my opinion.. have used the jorgy K's and dont like there grips.. i have a good grip as of now, and the larger handle on the jorgys dont fit me well.. dont know about the others havnt been there.. but i can say that the packages of 24 & 40 from bessy got me started but i soon realized that 40"s were to short.. you reach for one and invariblly its to short..where the fifty's will get it..
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    Jim,

    Thanks for posting this! I'm very interested, cuz it looks like a couple of these kinds of clamps may be my christmas present. Looking forward to hearing the opinions...

    Since you've been doing the research, do you have links for these kinds of things?

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    I didn't vote because the K-Bodies are the only ones I've used. I have 16 of them - four each in 12", 24", 30", and 40".

    I also have the Bessey Uniclamps - 'mini K-bodies' - four each in 6", 12", and 18". I like them for smaller projects. They work just like, and just as well as, the K-bodies.
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    Bill, happy to share.

    But first......I found something after I did the poll. Four (4) Bessey 40' K-Bodys for 109.99, free shipping, and a 10.00 off 100.00 or more purchase (code 1351), brought the total for 4-40" Bessey (old style) to...drum roll.... 99.99!! Wish they had the 50 or 60" models on sale for similar price. They do have a package of 4-24" for 89.99, and a code (1350) for 5.00 off 50.00. Not a bad deal, but not as good as the 40" units. Wish I had a few more bucks available, and I'd get 4 more of these.
    Links.

    Frozen Warrior
    31" Amazon Jet 31" 2 pk
    40" Amazon Jet 50" 2 pk
    50" Amazon Jet 60" 2 pk
    60" Amazon Jet 40" 2 pk
    These show the 90 day price history and sales rankings. Also shows all time low price on the left side. And links back to Amazon. I also have each of these in my Amazon cart so it is very easy to look at it, and see what the prices are as the cart updates prices every time you load it. That way it is easy for me to take a quick glance while I'm at work.

    International tools
    Int tools Jet clamps

    E-bay seller
    JET 70431-2 31" Parallel Clamp 2 Pack *NEW* - eBay (item 400011356165 end time Dec-22-08 09:03:17 PST) (I Don't know anything about this guy.)

    Woodcraft
    http://www.woodcraft.com/product.aspx?ProductID=03W66P&FamilyID=315&weeklys pecial=true
    Remember to use the code 1350 5.00 off 50, or code 1351 10.00 off 100.00 in the coupon box to the left during check out. It didn't take it at first, and I had to back up and re-enter it. I only knew of the 1350 code, and it took 5.00 off, but had a message in red that said to use 1351 for the 10.00 off 100.00!! I thought that was nice.

    If you've never used Frozen Warrior, you can take the ASIN code off of any product on Amazon's site and plug into FW, and you can get this information. Amazon has lots of clamps listed, including the Jorgensons and Stanley-Bailey (though Big Lots has much better pricing on the Stanleys if there are any left!!) You can track anything, not just tools. But it only updates once per day, about 5:00 pm. So I use it for price history mainly, to see what a good price is on something. Jim.
    Last edited by Jim O'Dell; 12-07-2008 at 08:44 PM. Reason: Corrected price on 24" at Woodcraft...maybe they lowered the price?
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    I have the following: 4-24in, 2-40in, and 2-50in k-bodies. They are the only parallel clamps that I have. I have several other Jorgy bar clamps, and some small Irwin quick grips.

    For me, the only down side to k-bodies is if you get glue on the bar, it is hard to get off. I wish I had a few more 24in'er and at least 2-12in'ers.

    The Jet clamps have gotten good ratings, and I haven't heard a bad word about them. They have a bigger face than the K-Body and a quick release trigger.

    I have seen the new Revo's and I don't really see what the big deal is. Their face is bigger than the K-body face is, and they have more clamping pressure, but that is about it.

    The Woodcraft clamps were made by Bessey. They are pretty much the same as the K-body's. However they have a plastic handle instead of the wooden one.
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    Jim I have mostly pipe clamps and wish to purchase some of these clamps so thanks for the Poll. Just something that I found in my research. I watched one of the "woodwisperer podcasts" the other day and saw that he had a style of clamp that had a quick release lever below the handle. I really liked the way he was able to slide the clamp head up to the wood with easy using this quick release. I discovered after much more detective work that these were the Jet type. So for me when I buy I will be looking to get Jets at this point. I dont think I will be persuaded by price since I have been burnt too many times with junky clamps. Not to say that the other brands are junk, just that I will only be buying once and I expect many years of service from them and I dont want the frustration any more.
    cheers

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    Jim,
    I've got a pair of K bodies, so by default they're my favorites...
    -Ned

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    I have both bessies and jorgies, both do what they are intended to to, Clamp in parrallel. The big difference to me anyway is the weight. Bessies are about half the weight of jorgies making it easier for me to handle. Bessies also have, for lack of a better word. teeth on the bar and jorgies are smooth, does that make bessies clamp better , dont know, just thought I would add that difference. Jim has given some web sights with pricing which is cool for compairison. The woodcraft 24" are a real good price, even that you are not looking at 24" versions.

    Tom

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    Jim,

    I have Bessey K bodies because some years ago, one of the Borgs was selling them off at fantastic prices, so I made a decision to grab as many as I could. I have 16 of the 24", 4 of the 31", 4 of the 40" and 4 of the 50". If I was buying today, I would lean toward the Jet and I would probably buy less of the 24" and more of the 31". I also would not buy any 40",but would get more of the 50" or maybe even some 60".

    Like anything, the size of clamps you need depend on what type of woodworking you will be doing. For qlue-up of solid wood panels, I find the 24" and 31" work best. For clamping large boxes and carcases the larger sizes are best (in conjunction with a few 24's or 31's).

    Probably the two sizes that would cover you for all would be just the 31" and either the 50" or 60". Just my opinion.

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