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    New Bessey Toggle Clamps - Review

    I do a fair amount of template routing. I have been wanting to get my hands on some of these since they were first announced. The videos only made me more sure I wanted some .

    A recent Woodcraft sale brought them within reason given how much I use such things. My normal way of doing things involved changing type and format of toggle, foot type and obviously foot height adjustment depending what I was doing. It is common for me to use my 1/4" templates on 3/8" through 7/8" material on a given project. This involves a lot of fiddling with the clamps.

    These work as advertised. I changed out their foot for one that works better for how I use the clamp. The original foot (which is very well made) is in the foreground of the second pic:

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    Set the desired tension (clamping pressure) and it stays the same regardless of the thickness of the material within the operating limits. Grab a piece of paper and I can lift the white oak and MDF jig by it.

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    Without changing anything on the setup, I can go straight to a 2" piece of stock.

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    I would recommend these to anyone who regularly uses these types on clamps.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 07-31-2011 at 07:57 PM.
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    looks good glenn, how does the clamp aloow the transition from thin stock to thick stock so easily???
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    They have a set of internal linkages that detect when to engage and a screw that adjusts the clamping pressure. It is quite a clever little setup and I am not quite sure how they do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JYkmxcNGFc
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    Great review Glenn. I gotta save up for a few of them
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    Thanks Glenn! I didn't know about these clamps. The normal toggles work fine except for a lot of fiddling with adjustments etc. I bet these work great with Greene and Greene details. I'll definitely be putting these of my short list.

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