None of the borg stores seem to have them... and I'd rather use someone
What's a good brand/store for pipe clamps? Online or in NYC.
Not clamps to hold pipes but clamps that attach to pipes to clamp
Jorgensons are the classic ones--orange, in 1/2" or 3/4" diameter. I used
them for years until Rockler came out with improved blue ones that are
higher to clear the crank and wider to be much more stable. Either brand
works just fine, I just find the Rockler to be more user-friendly.
Sources are Amazon.com, Rockler.com or Woodcraft.com. Expect to pay $10-14
per pair plus shipping. Or you can get them at many hardware stores, Rockler
Either the Pony brand pipe clamp fittings or the Rockler big foot are
both good clamps. Do a Google Search or go direct to Rockler
Beware of CHEAP ones, they are usually POS. Pony clamps run around
$10 and I don't remember what Rockler wants for theirs
I had a rather large number of Jorgensen clamps that I gradually replaced
with the ones from Rockler.
Jorgensen clamps can be had for less than $10.00 pr. while the Rockler ones
are $11.49 (4 or more).
It was worth it to me.
Apparently, other responders don't like cheap clamps. I do, have had
zero problems with any from Harbor Freight, like them as well or better
than the Pony clams I have.
Don't forget you have to buy pipe too. And have at least one end
Most of mine are for 3/4" pipe. Mistake, IMO, as 1/2" is entirely
adequate for what I do and are world's lighter.
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Would also suggest buying black pipe. If one insists on going cheap with the
galvanized steel pipe, then it needs to be scratched up with some rough
sandpaper or equivalent to work properly with the clamps.
I can believe that...I've never been particularly pleased w/ Pony
I'd disagree there...the flexing of 1/2" pipe even for cabinet work of
moderate size is a pita...
If everything were really light work, 1/2" might do, but in general I
think they're too light weight/flex too much...
I agree. I have a number of different pipe clamps and the HF are as
good as any (I don't have the new Rocklers though). I disagree on the
1/2" pipe clamps though. They are not as nice and just about as
expensive. If I were going to pay $12 a set for pipe clamps plus the
pipes, I think I would just go ahead and buy the cabinet clamps...
Seriously though, the HFs, on sale all the time for maybe $3 or $4,
are fine for pipe clamps. I always get my pipe threaded on both ends
as the real value of a pipe clamp is the ability to make it as long as
you want by adding sections of pipe.
On Tue, 19 Apr 2005 18:44:56 GMT, the inscrutable "dadiOH"
I made a comment a few years back about the cheap clamps I bought
from HF. I thought they were HF because it took a dozen runs through
to get the threads cleaned up enough to work without binding each
rotation. That's PFTC for cheapies. Then one day I noticed the name on
the side of one and was surprised. It was a Pony. AFAIC, there is no
difference between Pony and generic Chiwanese clamps nowadays.
BUT, if you get both ends threaded (and keep them safe) you can join
pairs of them together to make very long clamps.
Ditto here. I'm buying all half-inchers from now on.
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I was wondering if someone would mention HF. They have two different
pipe clamps. The cheap ones are a POS. The higher grade, the ones with
the large handle, work just as good as the high price spread and cost
about half as much. I've used them for years. They don't even slip on
Who get's Pony 3/4's at $10???...haven't seen that price anywhere for years
(running around $14/ea in NY area)...newer ones don't seem to be anywhere
near as user friendly as the ones I bought 20 years ago (new ones seem to
have a binding problem which can be a real issue when using multiple clamps
and the glue is setting up!).
Guess I'll check out a few Rocklers. BTW, black pipe is the way to
go...buy in 10'ft lengths threaded both ends and cut in the middle to make 2
out of one. Pipe is cheap.
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