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Bessey K3.524 K-Body 24-Inch Parallel Jaw Bar Clamp

by Bessey

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  • 24-inch max opening k-body clamp ideal for frameless construction, cabinets, and more
  • Ideal for gluing applications; evenly distributed clamping pressure and sliding-arm braking system
  • All-steel design; jaws encased in non-marring glue resistant material
  • Includes ergonomic wood handle
  • 30.8 by 1.5 by 5.2-inches; 5.3-pounds
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Technical Details
Part Number K3.524
Item Weight5.3 pounds
Product Dimensions30.8 x 1.5 x 5.2 inches
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Item model numberK3.524
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
  
Additional Information
ASINB0000224BB
Best Sellers Rank #398,647 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.4 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJanuary 1, 2008
  
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From the Manufacturer

Countertop fabrication and face frame construction just got easier with this 24-inch clamp. The revolutionary all-steel design ensures the jaws remain parallel. The jaws are encased in a non-marring, glue-resistant material, making this clamp ideal for all gluing applications, including face-to-face and edge-to-edge. 1,000 pounds of clamping pressure are evenly distributed over the entire jaw surface while the sliding-arm brake system ensures parallel clamping without slipping.

Product Description

Ideal for clamping frameless cabinets. Available in lengths from 12 to 50".

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They are a few dollars more, but definitely worth it.
Wayne Cease
All in all, the Bessey's are made out of more steel, and are more heavy duty.
Bob Feeser
As for these clamps, they are absolutely a joy to use.
Scott Pointon

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1999
As an owner of nearly 100 clamps, I can accurately state that the Bessey K Body clamps are the best the clamping world has to offer. Yes, they are expensive, but well worth the cost. Once you own a few of these, you will wish you never purchased any other bar clamps.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scott Pointon VINE VOICE on November 15, 2005
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As a home woodworker I have always chafed at the price of high quality clamps such as these because I was under the delusion that something this expensive should either have a motor on it or be a tool pretty enough to show off in a display case when not in use. Thus, I have a considerable collection of pipe clamps, cheap/thin bar clamps, and all sorts of fad clamping products. Recently, when Bessey finally decided to lower their prices I took the plunge (we probably have the new Jet clamps to thank for that).

As for these clamps, they are absolutely a joy to use. The clamp faces are wonderfully non-marring and resistant to glue sticking. They also will stand up by themselves and don't easily rack and fall over as I slide boards across them. Once a panel is in the clamps, the whole piece can be stood on the end of the clamps in a corner while the glue dries.

And beyond all of these features lies the best of all - clamp jaw parallelism. You can always rest easy knowing that these clamps are not bowing the panel or whatever it is that you are clamping, because the jaws always always stay parallel to each other.

I cannot say that I am yet ready to sink hundreds of dollars into new clamps, nor will I throw away my trusty Pony pipe clamps, but my starter set of these Besseys will get A LOT of use around my shop in the years to come. I highly recommend that you try these for yourself!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Cease on November 28, 2000
For making square pieces (doors, frame panels, boxes, etc) these clamps are the best. The jaw faces stay parallel to each other, which helps keep everything lined-up and the plastic does not mar the wood.
Any wood glue that squeezes out of the joints does not stick to the plastic nor the metal.
These clamps will stand on the floor on their back without any other support. You can also clamp up panels and stand them up and the clamps are stable that way too!
They are a few dollars more, but definitely worth it. They are heavy, so get some small ones too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ristau on January 19, 2000
K-Body clamps are simply the best cabinet clamps around
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "woodrot" on April 22, 2002
Few things in woodworking are as important as clamping, if you make a mistake at this stage then everything you have done up until that time was a complete waste. These are the best clamps out there that I know of. They are a little bit more expensive but based on how important clamping is its worth every penny. If you are starting out in woodworking don't look any further and don't waste your money like I did when I first started by buying cheap clamps and then having the glue up stage ruining the project.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "talbers8" on September 15, 2003
Great clamp, the jaws stay nice a parrallel when you apply pressure on them. They also have the ability to apply a large amount of force if you need them to. A very good addition to any workshop.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Feeser TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2003
If you are buying 40' or 24's you might want to consider buying the Bessey cabinet door clamp kit. The price for the qty of 2- 24 inch clamps, and the qty of 2-40 inch clamps go for less money in the kit, than they do individually, and you get the supports that hold up the clamps for free-no extra charge. Since clamp buying is a hobby with these, you may want to load up that way instead. These Bessey clamps take top honors in strength, weight, and ease of use. Definitely a top quality product. Every show including Norm, Woodworks, etc. all sport Bessey clamps. They are the best! Now let's get into the Nitty Gritty.
Even though I like these best out of all of the bar clamps, there is a limitation in bar clamps, in that the bar will bend when under pressure. Under normal gluing pressure, which is slight enough to mate the two surfaces firmly, but not enough so as to squeeze the glue out, their isn't a problem. Even if you need to exert more pressure to mate the surfaces, your final pressure should be slight. Why am I concerned about this? Well I first bought these clamps thinking they would create a perfectly flat bed to lay your project in. If you are using the longer version, this becomes especially apparent. When under more pressure, the bar of the clamp is no longer straight. They all do that, it is inherent in the design of a bar clamp. An I beam shape would solve it, but is impractical, even on a tiny scale.
(...) These Bessey's are hassle free and reliable. The cheap clamps are made with a square tube the clamp rides along. Consequently they take a great deal of pressure without showing any signs of bending. The limitation to them is that they only have a 1 3/4" throat depth, whereas the Bessey's have 3 1/2".
Then I looked at the Jorgensen's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Rowan on December 22, 2005
First things first...

The clamps are simply the best. Read the reviews, for the most part they are 5 stars across the board.

Second...

Amazon / Tool Crib is definitely the best way to go for tools. There is a best price guarantee, no tax, in most cases free shipping, and you can save even more by using the a9.com search engine and using the amazon credit card. In addition, the user reviews can be critical in making a buying decision.

Finally...

Somebody with a brain needs to pack these clamps. I ordered a pair of the 40 inch clamps. They were shipped in separate boxes. Each box was huge. In the boxes were plastic air bags to take up the excess space. It looks like an overkill way to ship the clamps, but they were not actually even safe. The clamp laid flat in the box, and could slide in any direction. Any drop of the box, and the clamp would be directly exposed to the fall because the tool was directly on the cardboard. In fact one of my clamps received minor damage to the black clip on the end. I sent an email, and Amazon did offer support. They said that I could either ship back for replacement, or ship back for refund. I told them all I wanted was the black plastic piece that goes on the end of the clamp. They are still trying to find a way to do that. If they can't, I will just keep the clamp as is. It does not make sense to ship this back and forth for a minor thing.

As a consumer shopping for clamps, in my mind Amazon took good care of me. As a stockholder and as somebody who is marginally Earth conscious, I was astounded by the poor packaging. It was an incredible waste to ship separately in 2 huge boxes. Shipping must have cost more than I paid for the items.
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