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The Best Clamp
on February 1, 2003
Jorgensen I-bar clamps are the proverbial "be all and end all" when it comes to wood working clamps. They last forever and are extremely powerful. In comparison to Bessey (the other major manufacturer of woodworking clamps) I prefer Jorgensen for the following reasons:
1. Jorgensen's crank allows you to get more force on an object than Bessey's handl.
2. The I bar is smooth (as opposed to the Bessey which has raised bumps which are part of its locking mechanism). This makes it much easier to clean off glue which will inevitabley get on the clamp.
3. The Jorgensen clamp is much stronger than the the Bessey; I've seen numerous k -body clamps with cracked jaws.
It should be noted that one should take caution when gluing with the Jorgensen clamps; if the wood and glue come in contact with the bar, this will cause the wood to stain. Always keep the wood off of the bar. This is not a concern with the Bessey, which uses an aluminum bar. This is the only regard in which I believe that the Bessey clamps have it over the Jorgensens.