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    Pony pipe clamps

    I have decided to build a bunch of pipe clamps. I bought the Bessey pipe clamps, and am disappointed in the finish. I took them out of the box, and the casting is very rough on them, just not the finish I have seen on other clamps.. probably Jorgensen clamps maybe. Do you wash the pipe down with thinner to get all the oil off them, and then paint them to keep them from rusting? Will the paint not come off if you rub it on a project, and if you don't put a protection on them, will they not rust.?

    Am I worrying too much?

    Doug
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    I have a bunch of 3/4 inch pipe clamps with Pony clamps on the ends. As I understand you can buy 3/4 inch pipes in galvanized steel or some such steel that is rust resistant. Mine have not rusted even in Japans very humid climate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Reid View Post
    I have a bunch of 3/4 inch pipe clamps with Pony clamps on the ends. As I understand you can buy 3/4 inch pipes in galvanized steel or some such steel that is rust resistant. Mine have not rusted even in Japans very humid climate.
    I wouldn't recommend using galvanized pipe, because I was given 4 one time and they have a tendency to slip. I took them off the galvanized and put them on black pipe and they worked fine. I just lay some wax paper over the pipe, or stick a piece of masking tape along the top of the pipe in between the clamps to keep the glue from causing the black to get on the wood you are clamping. Painting them will usually cause them to slip also.

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    Thanks guys,
    I will use black iron pipe, and just wipe them down good with degreaser and thinners. My shop is 68 to 70 Degrees.. year round, so they should be okay as far as rust..
    Like I said.. I really thought the Bessey would have e nicer finish.. but.. "made in China".. and approx. $8.00 a set cheaper then the next brand.. so I guess, you get what you pay for..

    Doug
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    I haven't bought a Pony since Rockler came out with the Bigfoot. Has Jorgensen made changes to the Pony in response to (what I feel is) the superior design of the Bigfoot?

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    I use galvenized. No rust problems in almost 4 years (mostly hanging in the rack as I acquired K-body clamps). The casting on the jorgies are pretty rough as well so I don't think your Bessys are sub-par.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Constable View Post
    I haven't bought a Pony since Rockler came out with the Bigfoot. Has Jorgensen made changes to the Pony in response to (what I feel is) the superior design of the Bigfoot?
    The 50's still look the same but Bessy's H clamps have feet: http://www.airgas.com/cachedImages/0..._r14292_v6.jpg
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    Doug,

    If you are worried about rust, you can put Boeshield or something like it on them. That is what I use on my cast iron tables. I wouldn't think this would cause them to slip.

    I have had the pony pipe clamps for a few years and they have not rusted, but my shop is always heated at 50 to 55 degrees. I have had some rust on my table saw.

    As the others have said, put some wax paper over the pipes and you wont get the black transfer to the wood. This especially happens with oak.
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    I use 3/4" Rigid Conduit (my son, the Electrician, brings me threaded shorts ) It is already Galvanized and ready to go.

    Pony is by far the best choice for Pipe clamps, if you want better quality then forego the pipeclamp idea and purchase Bar Clamps. Pipeclamps are a Makeshift situation at best. Tis not the casting finish or the painting that makes the difference , it is how smooth the Acme threads advance the clamp. there is where your concerns need to be centered. That is the business end as the rest is cosmetic.

    Pony is Jorgensen, Same company... I have several differend brands of the same design and all are inferrior to the Pony. (Haven't done the LV route so don't yes/but me) I do have Rockler's and the best I can say is they are close but still the Pony is smoother.

    Add the price of a good set of Pipe clamp jaws and screw to the price of Pipe and then look at a good Bar clamp Are you getting close? I think close enough to consider one less clamp for the price of better choice.

    (but I get my Pipe FREE)
    Last edited by Bill Simpson; 03-31-2009 at 03:45 AM.

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