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Thread: K-Body Clamps............?

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    K-Body Clamps............?

    Just wondering, I need to get some more clamps

    I really don't want any cheap one, I have enough of those, and they suck.

    I'm looking at the Bessy K-body clamps, or the GREEN Woodcraft ones (same thing I'm told...?)

    The other thing that has come up is these Jet clamps............

    http://www.rockler.com/Retail/flyer/April07/1.cfm

    $49 for TWO 50" clamps, sounds good to me...?

    So, I&m looking for some help here, I have four 6' long pipe clamps, and a mess of 12" clamps, so I am looking between these sizes.

    I am thinking a bunch of 24" and 36" clamps, maybe 8 of the 24" ones and 4 of the 36" ones?

    With the Bessys, I can get the connector thing to put two clamps together, right?

    Got to buys some stuff so I can make some money making stuff (got a couple orders).........does it never end

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    Stuart -- I have mostly bessey's and two Jorgy's. I ONLY buy them when they are on sale. My only issue w/ the bessey's (red or green) is that the handle is a little small for my hand and hard to grasp to tighten down. The jorgy's are bigger and easier for me. Both are extremely fine clamps.

    I saw the Jet's at the WW Show last weekend -- VERY IMPRESSED !! Larger, beefier, heavier, and bigger (head and handle, also the pipe appeared thicker but I could be wrong).

    Two 50's for $50 is a good deal...... I just may have to order some

    Tony.

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    Stu

    I second Tony's comments,

    I bought two of the Bessey connectors at the Tampa Woodworking Show

    They are slick, easy to put together.

    I've bought a few of these sets from time to time
    http://www.amazon.com/Bessey-KBK2440...5344593&sr=8-1

    Jay

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    I have a total of 12 Besseys. Every time I wish I had a bigger handle, I get into a multiple clamp situation where the handles are in the way, so I stopped fussing.

    I have 6 24 inch that I use for small jobs even down to an inch or two.
    I have 4 50 inch that I use for ... duh... bigger jobs
    I have 2 36 inch because that was what was available when there was a sale. I would probably skip the 36 and go for 50 if I were doing it again.

    I occasionally put two Bessey's together by just hooking the jaws together. Not perfectly square etc., a little tricky to tighten (both jaws have to be engaged) but quick and easy and no accessories to store.

    I have a couple very long pipe clamps that I use for making beds (80+ inch) but I hate them so that I don't use them for anything else.

    And, unlike the "never have enough clamps" saying, I don't wish for more (given my limited shop space).
    Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
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    Which Jorgys Tony?

    This one?




    And what about these........


    GROSS STABIL Parallel Clamps
    They have these on close out 40" for $29.99...
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    Jay, those sets are great, but Amazon won't ship to me

    Charlie, thanks for the info, food for thought.

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    Stu

    I have the Gross Stabil, Bessy, and Jorgy http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/rev...inetmaster.htm

    Of the 3 I like the Gross Stabil the best, then the bessy, just my opion of course.
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    Hi Stu.

    I have many Besseys, but if I were to do it again I would go with the Gross Stabil clamps. They are built better than the Besseys, IMO. I have about 12 GS, and about 20 plus Besseys and the next clamps I buy will be GS unless they are giving Besseys away....

    Also the price spread on GS is not as wide as the Besseys. Ex: GS 80" clamp is $47.00 at All Pro Tools, while a Bessey 50" at Amazon is $86.

    From time to time All Pro Tools has a sale on GS.
    Last edited by Ken Garlock; 03-31-2007 at 05:00 PM.

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    My Jorgy's look like orange bessey's on steriods .........

    Couldn't find the Jets on Rockler's website, but the fine print on the last page of the flyer says Offers good at retail locations only. Guess I'm out of luck this time.
    Last edited by Tony Falotico; 03-31-2007 at 04:41 PM.

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    I have Besseys and Gross-Stabils, and I like Kevin Brown, prefer the Gross-Stabils. The Jet is also a good-feeling clamp, a bit beefier than the Bessey...on par with the Gross-Stabil models, but I don't own any if them. The Rockler sale looks like a good way to try out the Jets, but then again the 40" G-S for $29.99 is also a very good deal.
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