I just popped over to visit Mr. Watsons website having seen the link to it
in his sig. For the love of pete man did you see the clamps this guy has? Im
jeolous, Im green with envy and yes a little pissed they arent all mine!! I
have my fair share but holy gadzooks thats alot of clamps! LOL
Here's another pretty good collection.
This brings up a religious issue. <g> Both Toms have a lot of Bessy
Tradesmen clamps. They're nice clamps -- I have a couple -- but I prefer
the Jorgensen bar clamps (and HF "Pittsburg" knock offs) because they don't
take three hands to put in place.
Clamp of choice opinions? ;-)
The Bessey type is better for most stuff, IMO. They are easier for me to
operate than the Jorgensen types, and have a much beefier bar and a
thicker handle, so you can apply more pressure when it is needed. The
Jorgensen bars tend to bend if the clamp is over 12" long.
I do like and often use the 6" Jorgensen-type bar clamps, both the real-
deal and the HF knock-offs. They are very handy, and often go on sale at
HF for $2 apiece or so. If I'm running short of 12" Besseys (all too
often), I fill in with Jorgies.
It was tongue-in-cheek of course, but I'm not sure what you meant by
"three hands." If you pull on the handle as you make the first turn they
For longer stuff up to 36", I use the Jorgensen I-beam clamps. I got
eight of them from a yard sale for practically nothing. I don't think
they are as good as the Bessey K-bodies, though. They are strong and well
made, but the heads have a slant to them that can sometimes force the
work out of square. With care the problem can be avoided, but it would be
better not to have to worry about it.
Any longer than 36", I use pipe clamps. I like the Jorgensen Ponies best,
but I do have some of the cheap HF ones. The screws are not nearly as
good as the ones in the real McCoy. All mine are 3/4". Just never bought
any in the 1/2" size.
Does Watson have a park named after him? Huh? Huh?
I've been wanting to stop by Mr. Watson's shop. I get to Philadelphia several times a month on business, and I've thought about calling him and asking him if I could drop by and look at his shop and his work. You never learn if you don't ask. It was definitely a religious experience looking at the photo of his clamps -
Like everyone else, I like the Bessey K's but I also found the "one handed" spreader type made by Penn State are really good. They're well made, and a whole bunch cheaper than the Irving's at HD and the other stores.
Thanks for the great links!
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Mr. Watsons website having seen the link to it<BR>> in his sig. For the love
of pete man did you see the clamps this guy has? Im<BR>> jeolous, Im green
with envy and yes a little pissed they arent all mine!! I<BR>> have my fair
share but holy gadzooks thats alot of clamps! LOL<BR>> <BR>> Jim<BR>>
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Reminds me of a quote by Thomas Watson that I read some time ago...
"Better to aim for perfection and miss than to aim for mediocrity and hit it."
Come to think of it, sounds like something Tom Watson might have said.
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