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  1. #1
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    Jun 2009
    Tallahassee, FL

    Question Clamps

    Whats the best clamps. The "Must-have"'s
    Millermatic140; Spectrum625; Bobcat250; Lincoln AC225; Bosch grinder

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Corunna Ont, Canada


    Quote Originally Posted by CarbedNotch View Post
    Whats the best clamps. The "Must-have"'s


    2007 Trailblazer 302G
    2004 Invision 354MP
    1999 60 series feeder
    2005 Maxstar 200DX
    2007 CST280
    1999 HF 251-1
    older Hobart hefty wire feeder
    Hyperthrem 600
    Maxstar 150S(such a cute welder)
    had and sold........
    2003 XMT 304CC/CV
    1947 Lincoln SA200G short hood
    1963 Lincoln SA200G
    1975 Lincoln SA200G(best machine ever had )
    1970's Lincoln SAE400G
    2 Maxstar's 200DX's
    1 Maxstar 200SD
    CST 280
    2 CST 250


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    East Tennessee


    Quote Originally Posted by CarbedNotch View Post
    Whats the best clamps. The "Must-have"'s
    As many of any kind as you can get.
    Dynasty 200DX "Blue Lightning"
    Bernard 3500ss water-cooler
    Rockwell vertical mill
    Beverly Shear B-3
    Beverly Shear JR
    Home-made English wheel
    Milwaukee Porta-band
    " Sawz-all
    Tennsmith 36" stomp shear
    Fixer upper 1968 Redface Lincoln sa200
    Powcon 300st

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Kansas City Metro


    I hope no one kicks me in the knees for saying this but, the HF lookalike to the visegrip 11s arnt to bad for 2 pair for less then 10 dollars. Will they clamp down a 1/2" plate for a bending brake to the bench and not bend....NO... they wont work for that. But for general everyday use they work great. In the event you did happen to break one or two, just set them back and the next trip near a HF stop by and they will give you new ones. IF it says Pittsburg they will replace it, no charge. I bought a 22" long 1/2 drive breakover bar, at the check out they said if it breaks bring it back. I bought it for a reason so I didn't hold back, and its still in one piece and straight too.

    My other clamps are Strong Hand clamps.

    Miller 211 A.S. and Spoolmate 100
    Stickmate LX 235 AC / 160 DC.
    Clarke 180 EN Just in case
    Spectrum 375 X-Treme.
    O/A Medium Radnor Torch, Large Victor Torch.
    Milwaukee 14" Chop Saw.
    4 x 6 Horizontal Band Saw.
    Rockworth 80 Gallon 2 Stage 16 SCFM @ 175 PSI , 15 SCFM @ 90 PSI.
    Jackson Passive shade #5 for the plasma.
    I almost forgot the Hobart XVP AD Hood.

    Projects and Misc Albums Feel Free to Have a Look ( Just keep in mind I am an amateur )

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Salem ,Ohio


    You can never have enough of any kind. Any size including vise grips are welcome in my shop...Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Stem NC

    Default clamps

    Stronghand clamps are really nice. I was die-hard vise grip untill I tried the Stronghands.

    Bar clamps are important also. I like the ones the work with 1/2" or 3/4" pipe.

    Bessey clamps are hard to beat.

    You can never have to many clamps.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Krefeld, Germany


    Quote Originally Posted by CarbedNotch View Post
    Whats the best clamps. The "Must-have"'s
    Carver. Period.〈=ENG&products=Clamps&Category _1=Carver+Clamps
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    Krefeld, Germany

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    WY...armpit of U.S.A.


    I keep meaning to give this eBay seller a try, but haven't so far. Looks like a good copy of a Wilton...which is a flimsier copy of the Bessey clamps. The price is right.
    Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
    Miller DialArc 250
    Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
    Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
    Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
    Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
    South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
    Logan 7" shaper
    Ellis 3000 band saw
    Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
    Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
    3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
    Lots of dust bunnies
    Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

  9. #9


    As the others have reported. Bessey clamps are 1st class along with Vise-Grips 11r & 6r locking C-clamps.

    Wilton makes a good Bessey copy and the Chinese are knocking off the Bessey too.

    I am always on the look out for Bessey's in my travels.

    Good Luck!


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Tallahassee, FL


    Those Carver clamps are very nice! What do they cost?
    Millermatic140; Spectrum625; Bobcat250; Lincoln AC225; Bosch grinder

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