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Bora-Portamate Parallel Clamp 4-piece Set

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2- 24" and 2- 31" clamps. $99.99 Shipping is $21.38 UPS. Still a decent deal for 4 clamps. Same set $170 on Amazon.

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Check feedback. Many people have said they are not parallel under light load. It can mess up thinner projects or mess up thicker ones put putting pressure at the bottom of the piece. I would spend the extra $ on Bessey from Home Depot.
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Check feedback. Many people have said they are not parallel under light load. It can mess up thinner projects or mess up thicker ones put putting pressure at the bottom of the piece. I would spend the extra $ on Bessey from Home Depot.
They are not parallel under light load so that they are parallel under the load they were designed for.
...they automatically become parallel as you tighten them on your project.
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They are not parallel under light load so that they are parallel under the load they were designed for.
...they automatically become parallel as you tighten them on your project.
Yea that's BS. I was the one that said they're not parallel. Go check YouTube on the wood knight where he did an indepth review
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Yea that's BS. I was the one that said they're not parallel. Go check YouTube on the wood knight where he did an indepth review
Here u go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiWYSKvEF8Q
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Here u go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiWYSKvEF8Q
As the Wood Knight says (1:52): "they pull parallel once you crank down on them"

He shows that they aren't parallel unloaded, but what ultimately matters is that they are parallel in use.
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What is so hard about putting the price in the title?
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What is so hard about putting the price in the title?
I will next time. I'm kinda new to posting.
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Looks like a good deal.
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Yea that's BS. I was the one that said they're not parallel. Go check YouTube on the wood knight where he did an indepth review
I have to agree, these clamps are a guessing game with poor manufacturing consistency with release, with how much pressure is required to bring each clamp into parallel, etc. Seldom does anyone need over a 100lbs of pressure for any wood project and if they do, they did a poor job of preparation that is going to fail anyway. Who wants to keep checking each Bora clamp to verify if and when it finally hit it's stop to be square to the bar and parallel during a glue up? Is it 50lbs, or 200lbs, because the clamps will vary.

Want parallel clamps, buy clamps that are already parallel. Bessey K, made in Germany is the standard, while Jet, that is made under a couple of brand names, or Jorgensen are the more economical choice that do a good job. There are others, many others to choose from, but when choosing a parallel bar clamp, the variability of pressure required to bring a clamp into being parallel is a crap shoot with this Bora clamp.

Personally, like when buying a level, I would prefer to verify in hand before purchasing, because even the best have a minimum standard that concludes some are better. And for certain, good parallel clamps are a major purchase... they are not cheap.
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Looks like a good deal.
Yea, well, like women, looks can be deceiving.... Smilie
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I will next time. I'm kinda new to posting.
Kudos for trying.... at least you had all information in the description. So many have been attacked over BS, they don't even bother to list deals. I don't like the clamps, but will rep for the effort....
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As the Wood Knight says (1:52): "they pull parallel once you crank down on them"

He shows that they aren't parallel unloaded, but what ultimately matters is that they are parallel in use.
No, they are not parallel in use until they reach the variable amount of pressure across clamps to push to the stop.... and that is the problem with the poor design in the attempt to compensate for the cheap manufacturing. If quality by this design, every clamp would be parallel at 27 pounds, 53 pounds, 103 pounds, or whatever and so stated, but that is not the case with these Bora clamps that have no measurable consistency across clamps. A quality clamp is parallel out of the gate and stays that way from the minimum to the maximum stated pressure capacity.
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I have to agree, these clamps are a guessing game with poor manufacturing consistency with release, with how much pressure is required to bring each clamp into parallel, etc. Seldom does anyone need over a 100lbs of pressure for any wood project and if they do, they did a poor job of preparation that is going to fail anyway. Who wants to keep checking each Bora clamp to verify if and when it finally hit it's stop to be square to the bar and parallel during a glue up? Is it 50lbs, or 200lbs, because the clamps will vary.

Want parallel clamps, buy clamps that are already parallel. Bessey K, made in Germany is the standard, while Jet, that is made under a couple of brand names, or Jorgensen are the more economical choice that do a good job. There are others, many others to choose from, but when choosing a parallel bar clamp, the variability of pressure required to bring a clamp into being parallel is a crap shoot with this Bora clamp.

Personally, like when buying a level, I would prefer to verify in hand before purchasing, because even the best have a minimum standard that concludes some are better. And for certain, good parallel clamps are a major purchase... they are not cheap.
can you give me another brand that's the same as Jet? I have one of every brand and love Jet due to the lever to release the sliding mechanism instead of tilting the actual handle.
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can you give me another brand that's the same as Jet? I have one of every brand and love Jet due to the lever to release the sliding mechanism instead of tilting the actual handle.
You might try Torquata parallel clamps... otherwise Jet in a green color.

Another decent clamp is the Axminster clamp line [axminstertools.com]. Their parallel clamp is like another out there, where the handle swivels for folks with arthritis in their hands, or otherwise have trouble with tightening.

Arguably, for the USA and readily available, Bessey sets the bar for parallel clamps, but for me and others, the Jet or Torquata is fine if cheaper. Quality costs, but sometimes you can find various brands at yard and estate sales that I seldom frequent, but know others that do.
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