Best doggone bar clamp
By: Terrence Walsh (Mar, 2015)
I recently bought a pair of 36" Universal Bar Clamps. Last week I did one of those glue-ups where you use EVERY clamp you have. Well the spring clamps were not players, but EVERY other clamp got used. Great fun when that happens! So there were small and large bar clamps, quick-acting, ratcheting, pipe, etc. Brands included Bessey, Jorgensen, Irwin, and some unlabeled mystery clamps. Every clamp did its job--no shirkers in the bunch. But the most pleasant thing was using these new aluminum Universal Bar Clamps. The adjustable stops moved easily and held perfectly. The screw end was the easiest to turn of all clamps used. The clamping footprint of the rectangular jaw was nicely spread--two to three times the area of the clamps with round jaws. The other bar clamps left light surface marks. By contrast, the Universal Bar Clamps left no marks at all, even though I tightened them vigorously. Their lightness made them much easier to use than the pipe clamps. There are many great things to say about pipe clamps but they have their problems--like when stood on end and they fall over. Ouch! So it was a delight to use these "lightweight" clamps. By comparison with the other clamps they weighed much less for the same length. Their performance was clearly heavyweight.
Interesting that they are made in North America (USA), unlike many other clamps.
I'll be adding a few more of these clamps to my tool shed soon.
I own this product.