As of ysterday, the local HD had the Bessey Tradesman clamps on
CLEARANCE. They were marked down about 30%. None of the K-Body ones were
included...yet. I understand that the 'Po isn't going to carry Bessies
anymore and will feature those ugly orange things. The K-Body clamps
will probably go on clearance after the others are sold off. I'm in the
Pacific Northwest area, so you'll have to check your local 'Po.
I'm sorry. looks like i missed a big Bessey VS Jorgensen fight. I'm not
looking to start one myself though, i just stated my opinion based on my
experience. Which is all anyone can do i suppose.
hehe. I understand where you're coming from, and even where LRod is coming
from. I have both types of clamps - a few more of the Jorgenson's thanks to
woodcraft's sale awhile ago - but I love them both, honestly. How long has
it been now that I've used them? Since October? Never locked one up yet.
I still use my K-bodies, of course, but the choice of clamp is generally
dictated by proximity to where I'm standing, rather than a performance
you can DAGS to find a LONG thread from sometime in october-2003 timeframe,
but there have been reports that if you allow the sliding clamp head to slam
shut against the fixed clamp head, the handle can become locked in place. I
admit this is possible, and have found some at the store in this state.
With care, however, you can avoid it, and it isn't very hard to "unlock"
them if needed. To me, this does represent a check in the "cons" column for
the jorgy clamps, but there are other "pros" for this vs. the besseys. An
even wash in my estimation. More importantly, when using them to actually
clamp things (what a concept, eh?) they both work extremely well. I'm not
throwing any of them out, in other words.
Just an FYI - this also includes the bessey band clamps (normally about 37
bux) onsale for 25.00.
Picked up the last one they had - granted 25 may not be the best price in
the world - but Ive been looking for 1 for a while.
Thanks for the heads up. Stopped in the Borg on the way home and bought
the last 4 that were approx 30 inches, normally $16.84 for $10.00 each.
That was the store in Linthicom SW Baltimore off rt 1.
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