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Features a Extra wide 2-1/2" foot for exceptional stability, higher base that raises the bar 1-1/2" above the table for excellent handle clearance and built-in clamp hook locks onto a 3/4" board eliminating the need to "clamp the clamp" when hanging on a wall.

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Aluminum Sure-Foot® Pipe Clamp 48" length $29,99 reg $49.99

Features:
Extra wide 2-1/2" foot for exceptional stability
Higher base that raises the bar 1-1/2" above the table for excellent handle clearance
Built-in clamp hook locks onto a 3/4" board eliminating the need to "clamp the clamp" when hanging on a wall

https://www.rockler.com/surefoot-...bar-clamps

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These are perfect for many things from picture frames to drawers and I find them far easier than a modular table solution plus it's a fraction of the price and you can move it to any surface.

Also, yes Harbor Freight has excellent clamps but no they do not have these particular clamps.. these clamps can do everything the Harbor Freight ones can plus more. They're clearly designed for extreme ease of use and to me they deliver. $30 for any clamp this size and quality is a no brainier.

I do strongly suggest getting it in pairs of two though.

Don't forget you can get free shipping on orders over $35
https://www.rockler.com/promo-codes


If you're only getting one, this is a great filler to avoid shipping plus it's 33% off right now, rave reviews:
https://www.rockler.com/bench-coo...k-grippers
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Bought these for my father-in-law and the clamps are plastic and bend...they quickly "jam" and are now very difficult to screw in and out. He no longer uses the clamps because of this (a disappointment).

If you're careful and don't tighten these very much you might be ok, but I think for most work I'd want to be able to tighten a clamp more than these can muster without distorting.

Just a heads up from someone that purchased them FWIW.
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Can never have enough clamps.
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Can never have enough clamps.
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These are perfect for many things from picture frames to drawers and I find them far easier than a modular table solution plus it's a fraction of the price and you can move it to any surface.

Also, yes Harbor Freight has excellent clamps but no they do not have these particular clamps.. these clamps can do everything the Harbor Freight ones can plus more. They're clearly designed for extreme ease of use and to me they deliver. $30 for any clamp this size and quality is a no brainier.

I do strongly suggest getting it in pairs of two though.

Don't forget you can get free shipping on orders over $35
https://www.rockler.com/promo-codes


If you're only getting one, this is a great filler to avoid shipping plus it's 33% off right now, rave reviews:
https://www.rockler.com/bench-coo...k-grippers
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Above promo code works fine for free shipping
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This is a good deal if you're in the market for these specific clamps. I like the "foot" feature but that isn't really handy unless you're clamping something flat on a table. The reviews say they will bow with enough pressure.

The above said and OP not withstanding, I had to get a bunch of bar clamps for a cabinet project last winter and after much online reading I came upon the HF 48" clamps [harborfreight.com] which are just under $12 AC every day of the week and there are FAR more HF stores throughout the country than Rockler (frankly I didn't even know Rockler actually had B&M before this post!). To address bowing, many people (check YT) simply "press" in a slightly oversized piece of wood down the bar to give it heft and dramatically increase its rigidity,

So in short yes the Rockler clamps are probably better than HF (general build quality) but seem to suffer from the same bowing/twisting issues, but the HF clamps are far more readily available and are almost a third the price even when the Rockler versions are on super discount.
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Bought these for my father-in-law and the clamps are plastic and bend...they quickly "jam" and are now very difficult to screw in and out. He no longer uses the clamps because of this (a disappointment).

If you're careful and don't tighten these very much you might be ok, but I think for most work I'd want to be able to tighten a clamp more than these can muster without distorting.

Just a heads up from someone that purchased them FWIW.
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I think high end parallel clamps are a far better idea. Cry when you buy, not when you use.
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I have two of these and two of the Harbor Freight ones.

The Rockler ones are a bit better but the HF ones do the job sufficiently for a fraction of the price.
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He, there are better clamps that are worth the $$ like the Jet and Besseys, but these are not worth the price difference from HF.
A few extra features, but not enough of a quality difference. And from my years doing ww, having 6 good clamps rather than 2 "better" ones is so much more helpful.
Even if cost isn't an issue, it isn't enough value for the Rockler clamps
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Can never have enough clamps.
Agreed. But I'd go broke buying enough of these, even at this "slick" price. Then again, I'm a dinosaur who gets by with regular 3/4" pipe clamps with galvanized (steel) conduit. Oh, the weight, the weight!
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He, there are better clamps that are worth the $$ like the Jet and Besseys, but these are not worth the price difference from HF.
A few extra features, but not enough of a quality difference. And from my years doing ww, having 6 good clamps rather than 2 "better" ones is so much more helpful.
Even if cost isn't an issue, it isn't enough value for the Rockler clamps
These do seem like they'd be pretty nice for anything not needing a lot of strength and more just needing to be held in place while setting it up, but one of the reviews on Rockler immediately mentions that that's about all they're good for and that these aren't well suited to anything where you'd want higher clamping strength. I don't have any of the HF bar clamps or these to make a comparison between those.

I almost went for these anyway, but ultimately while looking around stumbled across Bessey pipe clamps for $11.99 and went that route instead, because I think I'm going to need more clamping strength than these offer. These (or HF) would still be nice for this price for someone not needing more clamping strength and wanting something lighter, imo.
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Good price on these! These are good bang for the buck!
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GO GO Harbor freight.. it's all the same aluminum extrusions..
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