Has anyone used the Rockler sure foot aluminum bar clamps? How do they
compare with Bessey clamps? Do the clamp heads stay parallel to each
other and 90 degrees to the clamp rail? How powerful are they? For
example, I'm making a 36" wide butcher block type table top with 17 2"
pieces. Do they have enought power to handle somethng like that? I
know that in general, you get what you pay for, but I've had some good
luck with other Rockler products and just wondered how good these
Thanks for any feedback, Carol
The biggest problem with these clamps or any "Aluminum" bar clamp compared
to any other "Steel" bar clamp is that they bend under light/moderate
clamping pressure. Your clamp heads become unparallel to each other. The
longer the bar the more of a problem that bending becomes. I have had many
glue ups pop out of the Aluminum bar clamps and never have with Steel bar
The plus side is that they do not rust and are light weight. I favor the
Steel bar clamps offered by Bessy and Jorgensen.
Carol, My neighbor has them. He thinks there OK. However, when he has a
big glue-up, he borrows my Bessys.
I think they will work fine if you use cauls and the boards don't require to
much effort to straighten.
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I bought four of these recently. They are not as heavy duty as maybe a more
expensive Bessey (havent used, just assuming, but they are very light and
work well. For the cost, I think they are worth it and I'm pretty picky
about my tools. I used them to join 4 3/4" oak boards and it worked as
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