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[Rockler] 36" Sure-Foot® Aluminum Bar Clamp $24.99

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36" Sure-Foot® Aluminum Bar Clamp
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http://www.rockler.com/surefoot-a...bar-clamps

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Interestingly, Rockler still has it on amazon for $44.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004K1XRJ6/
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Good sale price if you want this type of clamp, but I cant believe what they try and get for the normal retail price. Especially when you can get this for the same: LINK [homedepot.com]
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Good sale price if you want this type of clamp, but I cant believe what they try and get for the normal retail price. Especially when you can get this for the same: LINK [homedepot.com]
True but for this size 24.99 isn't bad for a 36" bar clamp
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True but for this size 24.99 isn't bad for a 36" bar clamp
No no, not at all! I was just surprised by their normal price for it. I know a lot people prefer aluminum bar clamps over say pipe clamps since they dont have to worry about those black pipes marking the work piece during glue ups.
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No no, not at all! I was just surprised by their normal price for it. I know a lot people prefer aluminum bar clamps over say pipe clamps since they dont have to worry about those black pipes marking the work piece during glue ups.
I agree with you.. guess that's just rockler premium pricing

I got a couple and they feel good to be honest. Looking forward to using them on the next project

I particularly liked how they stop at every recess so the auto dial is good in a way or whatever that feature is called
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Are these really worth twice what the Harbor Freight ones cost? Even Paul Sellers recommends those, though he likes to insert a piece of wood to stiffen up the longer ones.

I wish that Bessey parallel clamp would come down to $25. I'd be all over that!
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Are these really worth twice what the Harbor Freight ones cost? Even Paul Sellers recommends those, though he likes to insert a piece of wood to stiffen up the longer ones.

I wish that Bessey parallel clamp would come down to $25. I'd be all over that!
Paul Sellers also recommends the Aldi Chisels, which are honestly not good. I'd rather spend the money on real clamps and not mess up a $100+ glueup and being frustrated with shit clamps for the rest of my life.
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I've never had any problems with the Harbor Freight bar clamps, and I've been using them for many years.

https://www.harborfreight.com/36-...60539.html
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Are these much better than the Craftsman/Wolfcraft clamps?
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Are these really worth twice what the Harbor Freight ones cost? Even Paul Sellers recommends those, though he likes to insert a piece of wood to stiffen up the longer ones.

I wish that Bessey parallel clamp would come down to $25. I'd be all over that!
They get kind of close to that price when Rockler runs a promo on a set of them. The best deal I got was 50% off on Jet clamps on Black Friday a couple year ago.
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I've never had any problems with the Harbor Freight bar clamps, and I've been using them for many years.

https://www.harborfreight.com/36-...60539.html
i checked these out at HF the other day and i could twist the bar very easily. is that the same for the rockler ones?
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Paul Sellers also recommends the Aldi Chisels, which are honestly not good. I'd rather spend the money on real clamps and not mess up a $100+ glueup and being frustrated with shit clamps for the rest of my life.
That's a good point. I have some of the Harbor Freight "quick release" bar clamps in various sizes, which are surprisingly good, and super cheap. I've been debating between grabbing some of their aluminum ones or making pipe clamps for larger glue-ups, especially panels. All my projects so far have been smaller and/or didn't require that much precision, but I have a few projects in mind where big clamps would really help.
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They get kind of close to that price when Rockler runs a promo on a set of them. The best deal I got was 50% off on Jet clamps on Black Friday a couple year ago.
Thanks, I'll keep an eye out for that. The parallel clamps are the one type where I really wouldn't mind having a handful of the longer clamps from Bessey. A lot of their other stuff just seems overpriced for not that much better than other brands.
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I don't know what I would use these for, but I bought 2 as a source of inspiration. Thanks!

If anyone has any examples of projects they plan to use these with, please post.
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I have four of these, bought last time for same price and they are OK, not great. The back brace gets stuck on the notches that you will get in the aluminum bar after a few uses. When you only have one hand to nudge it lose it gets very annoying. Overall an OK clamp, size is good, price for the size is good.
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That's a good point. I have some of the Harbor Freight "quick release" bar clamps in various sizes, which are surprisingly good, and super cheap. I've been debating between grabbing some of their aluminum ones or making pipe clamps for larger glue-ups, especially panels. All my projects so far have been smaller and/or didn't require that much precision, but I have a few projects in mind where big clamps would really help.

Thanks, I'll keep an eye out for that. The parallel clamps are the one type where I really wouldn't mind having a handful of the longer clamps from Bessey. A lot of their other stuff just seems overpriced for not that much better than other brands.
I'm with you. They are overpriced for what else is out there but there "Garage Sale" prices are about right and low enough that I'm going to grab a few things specific to their store to see where they rank.

Never heard of their house brand till today, don't have any of their B&M stores nearby, but they have a Northern Equipmentish feel to them based on going through their website.

What throws me is their positioning themselves as a woodworking store which the adjective, " woodworking", added to any tool or hardware is like "tactical" or "precision" or "match grade" is like added to any item in the firearm's industry; pretty much the exact same as the regular grade stuff but add another 20-40% markup and weekend warriors shit themselves buying it for what amounts to some fancy badging and paint.

Absolutely, some serious woodworking tools have a level of quality and require more man hours in making and are worth every penny... but the tool industry gouges retirees who need a hobby, don't have an imagination to think of anything better, and go to "woodworking" stores and pay the extra to buy all the kits and doo dads they will never use, trying to turn some purple stained run of the mill pine "pen blanks" to make a writing device that if anyone ever used it to for the time it takes to write a check, they'd have splinters for a month and need a tetanus shot... wheeeeew!

I feel better. Woodworking stuff has aggravated me ever since a mail in company ripped me off for my first tool set when I was 7 and I guess I've been holding it in till I saw those goddamn pen blanks. Lol
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