They're no good for squeezing glue, agreed. But they're really handy for
just holding something down on my sanding table / workbench. Usually the
clamp of first choice then because of their one-hand operation Occasionally
the spreader feature is a godsend.
I read that article (more then once btw) and as I have already stated in an
earlier post in this threat I own and use both the Bessy and the Gross
Personally I see absolutely no "GOOD" reason they picked the GS's over the
Bessy's except that you can order individual parts for the GS's and that
they are a buck or two cheaper.....
I do agree with the article that any of them are DAMN good clamps... If I
need a few more I will most likely buy more Bessy's unless the price
difference is a factor.
(I'm retired, and my wallet is always thin the last week of the month when
compared to the first week..)
I just got 4...Bessy clamps..40" as Xmas
presents.......cool...wanted to replace my pipe clamps.....they are heavy,
but should work well, i have a lot of Quick clamps.....might get some 24"
Bessy`s down the road......always have use for clamps.....buy in pairs
I started out with 4 24's and 4 50's. I don't understand why people buy
48's, when 50's are available. If you want to build an entertainment center
or bookcase, the 50's will serve you better. Especially if you want to put
some kind of a pad on each end of the clamp.
I've got two 52s (lack of apostrophe for Charlie's sake), four (approx.) 40s
and six 31s. I'm on the hunt for a deal on 24s and hope to pick up at least
four of them. I realize the 31s will do everything the 24s will do, but
interestingly enough, I'm always bothered by the weight of them. When box
building, there are often times you want to nudge a clamp this way or that,
but when the clamp outweighs the box by a factor of several, it gets
awkward. For this reason I keep several sets of cheap light aluminium bar
clamps, but their accuracy just isn't there. I'm also planning on building a
set of clamp block similar to the ones Bessey offers. These too will be for
use in box building and will allow me to "build" a frame of clamps pre-set
to the appropriate dimensions into which I can put the box after the
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These sizes you mentioned is what I have. Very useful. I use the 24"
more than the 31". My next two Bessys will be smaller than 24".
When I need a longer than 31" I use the Pony pipe clamps, but that's
not too often. Depends on what you make.
I got what they call the cabinetmaker's kit, or something like that. Anyway
it was 2-24" and 2-40" and the KP blocks which hold the clamps for
doormaking. I later picked up 2-50" clamps. I find that I use all three
sizes about equally, but I'd like to get four to six more in the 31" and 24"
I own about a dozen Besseys and I must be the odd man out because I own more
31's then 24's...just a little heaver
BUT just as easy to use... If these things sold for 10 bucks each I would
have a dozen of each size..
I'm always reaching for the ones that I don't have. Seriously, I've got
short ones, medium ones, long, and longer, and NEVER seem to have enough
of whatever my current project requires. I'll be picking up some more
this coming week, and will undoubtedly need to buy some more in the not
too distant future. They are expensive, but, man you gotta love 'em!
Frank Ketchum wrote:
Look at the Gross Stabil clamps as well as the Bessy's. I have both,
and I definitely like the GS clamps BETTER than the Bessy's, but both
are good clamps. Just the GS have more jaw surface area, and are
rated to produce MORE total clamping pressure than than the Bessy's,
as well as being a tad LESS expensive, and if you really need it,
comes a longer max length than the Bessy's
Do you NEED more jaw surface area? I've never found the K-Bodies
lacking in that.
Do you NEED more total clamping pressure (whatever that is)? I've
never found the K-Bodies lacking in that, either.
What? A dollar or two per clamp less? I have 34 K-Bodies. I spent
about a grand on them. $30-50 less over several years isn't enough to
make a buying decision on.
Well, I know for a fact that Bessey makes a 96" K-Body. A friend of
mine has a pair. Are you saying GS makes a longer one than that? And
even if they do, is that a reason to buy GS 24s vs K-Body 24s?
Citing factors that are different but have no particular advantage
doesn't make one product *better* than another.
Master Woodbutcher and seasoned termite
Shamelessly whoring my website since 1999
Everyone has their opinion, right? Evidently John found the items he
mentioned to be advantages, not differences. You find them to be
differences, not advantages. Sounds like you're both right. A recent mag
article picked the Gross Stabil's over the Bessy's too FWIW.
Larry C in Auburn, WA
"LRod" < email@example.com> wrote in message
=========== ============== =======I might as well jump in here also.... I have been using Bessy's for a long
tme and actually went out and bought a few of the GS's last year...and gave
them a darn good workout ...
I still reach for the Bessy's most of the time..
I could, and would, be happy to be "stuck" with either.
The Bessy's just work a little better for me...maybe it is because I think I
have mastered the method needed to close them...prior appling pressure.. I
still have to fight\
with the GS's ...but I figure that will go away shortly as I get used to
Would not turn down any FREE Besseys if they came my way, and I AM NOT
getting rid of my Bessey's, but I AM buying Gross Stabil when I buy
new parallel clamps - and it IS personal preference and not any earth
shatteriing major BETTER or WORSE of the two brands.
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