Woodcraft is clearing out the 24" and 40" Bessey K-Body clamps for a decent
price. My local store is giving an extra 5% off for purchases of five or
more, worth asking for at other locations I suppose.
Yes, I was aware of that (and maybe that's what I'm afraid of considering
there are a couple of sizes I don't own, yet). I picked up some at the
woodworking show earlier this year at a good price too, I was pleased enough
with them to pick up some more at Woodcraft in a size I didn't have yet.
Maybe the new version will be even nicer but as I'm already happy with the
old model I don't mind getting them a third cheaper. It's getting to the
point where I need a rack to store all these danged clamps....
That is what you would think but maybe not. They have taken a hit in sales
from all the similar clamps that have appeared, unless the new clamp has
wonderful new features I'd be inclined to say that it may be a 50/50 chance
that they will want to sell a clamp that can compete price wise.
That's why I was happy to pick up more of an already proven design
(especially without paying freight on a heavy item), you never know what the
"improved" version will look like. Who knows, we might discover the company
is being sold to Black & Decker and the new design will be made at the
Triple-Happiness Ironmongery of Flungdung, China.
This is a shorter URL - no need to worry about line wrap.
Thanks for the link. Looks like an improvement.
More clamping force
Ability to position the head anyway on the bar,
including the middle (to keep it better balanced,)
Removable clamp/glue caps
Bar stand-offs ("contact elements") to protect piece from hitting bar.
Adapter KR-AS to clamp non-right angles. (not sure what this looks like)
The repositional head is something I would appreciate.
And something you didn't mention, a quick release button. That's something
I'd look forward to. I was thinking about running out today and buying some
of the (now old style) Bessey clamps, but considering the Revo clamps aren't
all that unlike the old ones appearance-wise, maybe I'll hold off.
I might reconsider that choice if Lee Valley Tools chooses to discount their
stock of the old style.
Robin? Hint! Hint!
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