Has anyone seen any of the new Revo line of Bessey clamps out for sale yet?
I need some new clamps. Their's none of the old line in stock anywhere and
the new line just isn't available yet. This has to be the most ill timed and
poorly organized release of a new product line I've ever seen. Customers who
would normally buy their products are forced to shop for something else to
fill their need.
Guess I'll be buying some Cabinetmasters.
I second the Jet parallel clamps. I really like the quick release feature,
makes adjustments much faster. Good size handle, coarse thread means
slightly faster to clamp. Large head like the Bessey.
Irwin recently came out with a line of parallel clamps. Bought a 30 inch.
Likely similar to the Bessey's. Have to unscrew a certain amount before can
slide open. Made me go out and buy more Jet clamps.
I am very fond of my Cabinetmasters. But, I'm also very impressed with
Kwik Work clamps from Busy Bee Tools. $ 45.00 for a 50". They're worth
What's better or different about the Kwik clamps? $45 is not all that much
cheaper than the 48" Cabinetmasters for $48 at Lee Valley although there
isn't a 50" Cabinetmaster version. One advantage to the Cabinetmasters over
the Besseys is that they have a 6" jaw. What jaw size are your Kwik clamps.
I've never been to a Busy Bee store because in the past I've dismissed them
as a slightly second rate store, but I suppose I should stow my prejudice
and at least go have a look.
Oops, the 50" are $ 49.95. I do not know the depth of the mouths.
They also have the Bessey K body clamps at Busy Bee, and they carry
Busy Bee does have a weird reputation, but for heavy iron at very good
prices, the quality is supposed to be in the league of Grizzly.
No Woodcraft in Canada. A number of stores like Lee Valley still list the
Besseys but there's none in stock. I'm sure if I put in the requisite time
and effort I could find some Besseys somewhere, but to me time and
convenience are worth far more than a few dollars or a matching set of
I think I will try out the Cabinetmasters. They have a good reputation and
the 1" extra jaw length is a bonus. At the very least, they don't appear to
have an inept marketing department like Bessey Manufacturing.
A majority of my clamps are Cabinet Masters if you can buy direct,
They usually are pretty competitive in pricing. They often have sale
Yeah the "catch" also holds the clamp up so that the handle end will slide
on the bar with out having to lift the handle end up off the work surface.
It is a pretty sturdy foot. It comes off and you can use the clamps as
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