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Offline ADKMedic

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Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« on: August 30, 2019, 10:48 AM »
I need to get some more parallel clamps.  I am fond of the Bessey brand.  Who has the best prices on these clamps?

Also, if anyone feels strongly about another brand, please share!

Andy

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Offline rmhinden

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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 11:17 AM »
I have been buying the 50" and 24" Bessey parallel clamps at Home Depot.   Prices are reasonable and no shipping costs if you pick them up in the store.

Bob

Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2019, 11:21 AM »
I have a couple old school bessey parallel clamps I tend to use the most.

My local Home Depot has the dewalt clone parallel clamps being cleared out at $28 (24”) and $35 (48”) might be worth checking your store.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2019, 12:16 PM »
Been using Bessey for decades. Bought some Jets at a great price. Can’t stand the Jets compared to the Bessey. Bunch of minor differences add up to annoyance.

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2019, 01:56 PM »
I’ve always preferred Bessey, I just wish they would do the vario in all lengths. The ability to be able to move the normally fixed jaw, is a great idea and means the clamps can be balanced.
They start at 1000mm and go up in 500mm increment to 2500mm. Why can’t they make all the lengths available with this function?

Over here, we get deals when buying sets of four or more.

I’ve heard mixed reviews on the Jet clamps.


Offline Alanbach

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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2019, 03:28 PM »
I have not seen anyone beat Home Depot’s price of $44.98/ea for the 50” Bessey REVO. I think that HD only sells the 24” and the 50” so if you want another size you might have to reach out on the interweb 😊.

Offline rst

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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2019, 04:05 PM »
Much like Michael, I've been buying Bessey's clamps for years.  I have at least 8 of each size up to 60".  I helps to have 48 year span to buy few at a time whether I needed them at the time or not.  Have done the same thing with spring clamps, probably have 40-50, used to buy the 2"ers at the Depot every time I went as the were only a buck or so. 

Offline Michael Kellough

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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2019, 05:24 PM »
Speaking of spring clamps, why can’t the makers of the cheap versions figure out how to get the vinyl padding to stay on? The only spring clamps worth using on anything where the end of the clamp will be near the edge of the work are the orange Pony Jorgensen clamps. Guess I’m getting old.
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Offline rst

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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2019, 05:26 PM »
hear, hear, Michael...I resemble that remark

Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2019, 05:31 PM »
I've had Besseys for years and they have always been super reliable.  Then I got a 4 pack of Jet clamps during a holiday sale a few years back.  They are heavier and they just feel more solid and have now become my go to clamps when I just need a few, but I still won't give up my Besseys.

Offline ADKMedic

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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2019, 05:46 PM »
@Alanbach, I saw Home Depot's prices, and I'm close to Delaware (where there's no sales tax), but I just don't think I would ever need a 50" clamp.  For just doing basic cabinets and drawers, I was thinking that the 31" or 40" would be fine. 

Besides the obvious Amazon, does anyone know of another online place with good prices on Bessey?

Thanks!

Andy
 

Offline lshah72414

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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2019, 05:59 PM »
"Industrial tool crib" out of grand rapids michigan, has bessey clamp sets, 2-24" and 2-50" with extras for 190.00 plus shipping. Not as good as home depot. Also have 2-24" and 2-40" with extras for 190.00 plus shipping. They are slow, I have bought from them; expect 10 -12 days for delivery.

Offline RKA

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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2019, 09:15 PM »
Amazon used to offer some spectacular deals around this time of year that amounted to half off.  But the last year or two those deals haven’t materialized.  But I still keep a look out.  Rockler offers sales from time to time, but it may not be across the board, only a particular size.  Figure 20% off their regular prices I think.  My other usual tool sources don’t have any good deals going.
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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2019, 10:11 PM »
Amazon used to offer some spectacular deals around this time of year that amounted to half off.  But the last year or two those deals haven’t materialized.  But I still keep a look out.  Rockler offers sales from time to time, but it may not be across the board, only a particular size.  Figure 20% off their regular prices I think.  My other usual tool sources don’t have any good deals going.

Yeah, I bought quite a lot from amazon years ago for a big discount. Lots of shipping problems with them though. I received all kinds of out sized boxes and shipping tubes. Had to exchange several due to shipping damage too. Maybe amazon decided they weren't making out on them and killed the deals.

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Offline ear3

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« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2019, 06:07 PM »
A few times a year you'll see decent sales on the Bessey, whether at HD or online, so it's good just to keep an eye out and stock up when that happens. You might also check out the Bessey I BEAM clamps, which also go on sale occasionally.  They deliver more than twice the clamping force of the Revo -- not something you need every day, but great for when you do.
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Offline BoulderAv

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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2019, 04:11 AM »
Home Depot is your best bet and depending on your store they even take competitor’s coupons which means you can use the Ace Hardware Black Friday coupon which are pretty generous to begin with.

Offline mschmidt10k

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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2019, 05:23 AM »
Another +1 on Home Depot - for some odd reason, they consistently have the best prices on the 24" and 50" Bessey K-body clamps.

For the sizes that aren't cheap at HD, I've been picking them up from acmetools.com.

Offline ProCarpenterRVA

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« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2019, 09:21 AM »
Acme has a 12% Off Labor Day Deal as well. I bought 8 12" Uniklamp from them. Perfect for face frame attachments and the blade of the Uniklamp goes into the 20 mm dog holes for use as a hold down clamp.

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Offline rst

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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2019, 10:57 AM »
I use my uni clamps a lot also.  I bought all mine years ago whenever Hartville Tool had them on sale, I have 6 of each of the three sizes.

Offline yetihunter

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« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2019, 04:50 PM »
The amazing Bessey prices at HD seemd to have disapeared at store level in my area.  Rockler (of all places) has the lowest prices on their range of clamps, year round.   In 2019, your parallel clamp options are limited to Bessey or direct knockoffs that often sell for more than the original.   

Offline ben_r_

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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2019, 09:28 PM »
I have not seen anyone beat Home Depot’s price of $44.98/ea for the 50” Bessey REVO. I think that HD only sells the 24” and the 50” so if you want another size you might have to reach out on the interweb 😊.
Same. Thats where almost all of mine have come from.
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Offline rmhinden

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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2019, 09:58 PM »
The amazing Bessey prices at HD seemd to have disapeared at store level in my area.  Rockler (of all places) has the lowest prices on their range of clamps, year round.   In 2019, your parallel clamp options are limited to Bessey or direct knockoffs that often sell for more than the original.   

@yetihunter

The are listed on Home Depot online site as well.   See: 
 
   https://www.homedepot.com/s/bessey%2520parallel%2520clamp?NCNI-5

I would be surprised if these prices are not everywhere in the US at Home Depot.

Bob

Offline yetihunter

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Re: Parallel Clamps - Who Has the Best Prices?
« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2019, 11:56 AM »
Pricing varies by location.   But I do see that they aren't as much higher as I made it seem like.  Outside of the store stocked 24 and 50 inch (which used to be <$35 and about $40), prices are insanely high, however.   

Offline rmhinden

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« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2019, 12:49 PM »
@yetihunter

Good point, the HD prices are good only on the 24" and 50" models.  Prices for other models are high, nor have I ever seen them in stock in my local stores.

Bob