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Princess Auto 12" 18" 24" 30" 36" Adjustable Aluminum Bar Clamps - $5.99 + up

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[Princess Auto] Princess Auto 12" 18" 24" 30" 36" Adjustable Aluminum Bar Clamps - $5.99 + up

Princess Auto has adjustable bar clamps on sale. Can't comment on the quality of them as I have the quick release ones instead from PA, but these look similar design wise to the Bessy style ones at Home Depot / Rona / Lowes (which i think you can't go wrong with Bessy).

5.99 - 12" - https://www.princessauto.com/en/12-in-a ... 0008821910

6.49 - 18" - https://www.princessauto.com/en/18-in-a ... 0008821928

6.99 - 24" - https://www.princessauto.com/en/24-in-a ... 0008821936

7.99 - 30" - https://www.princessauto.com/en/30-in-a ... 0008821944

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12.49 - 24" - https://www.princessauto.com/en/24-in-a ... 0008822207

14.99 - 36" - https://www.princessauto.com/en/36-in-a ... 0008822215

19.99 - 60" - https://www.princessauto.com/en/60-in-a ... 0008822231

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Please note the last two clamps are different designs but seem like a decent design and price.
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Durham
I habe the 24s and lower. Anyone have comments on the design of the 36 or 60?
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Jon Lai wrote: I have some of them. Consider them for light duty only. While the design is similar to Bessey, the quality is not. Nice to have a few around (especially the long ones as those usually get pricy) but don't overtighten.
That's always the golden rule never to overtighten or you could damage the workpiece :)
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I've a set of the 4' clamps. Very basic and am always scared of breaking them, but for such a low price you can get going with real projects and upgrade later if desired. I doubt you will find anything close at this price so a wholehearted recommendation.

NB I have used them to build a cabinet, bookcase and more with success.
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I have a bunch of these clams and I agree with him. It's not just overtightening where it becomes an issues. The bars tend to bend in anything that's somewhat heavy duty.

Keyword is bend, I've done some heavy duty stuff and none of them has broken but the bend will throw off the finished product depending on what it is.


They're cheap clamps; if you want your finished product to look good, be selective on when you use these. There is plenty of applications where it's not a big deal.
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Bought a bunch of these during the last sale, the F style ones, don't have any of the bar ones. Have to say they are not worth it, even for the cheap price. It is very light duty, the plastic pieces always come off or won't even be on the clamps when you receive the product to begin with. I basically never use these, have only used if I need to hold some light things in place and my other better clamps are in use. Never use them for glue-ups unless it's a very lightweight part of a project and my other clamps are used.
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strawberry9999 wrote: I have a bunch of these clams and I agree with him. It's not just overtightening where it becomes an issues. The bars tend to bend in anything that's somewhat heavy duty.

Keyword is bend, I've done some heavy duty stuff and none of them has broken but the bend will throw off the finished product depending on what it is.

They're cheap clamps; if you want your finished product to look good, be selective on when you use these. There is plenty of applications where it's not a big deal.
Ghiness wrote: Bought a bunch of these during the last sale, the F style ones, don't have any of the bar ones. Have to say they are not worth it, even for the cheap price. It is very light duty, the plastic pieces always come off or won't even be on the clamps when you receive the product to begin with. I basically never use these, have only used if I need to hold some light things in place and my other better clamps are in use. Never use them for glue-ups unless it's a very lightweight part of a project and my other clamps are used.
Mind you guys clarify what kind of heavy duty work pieces could break these clamps?
I got a few of the first group that OP posted for wood works, the plastic parts tend to slip out all the time, so I remove them when using them, maybe that's for packaging protection only?
But the main problem I have on these bar clamps is that the jaw and handle are on the same side, sometimes, it's hard to clamp on the objectives on the wall or limited space, like door casing, so I am getting these too:
https://www.princessauto.com/en/330-lb- ... 0008896201

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