Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tools - Jorgesen Heavy Duty Bar Clamp 

Jorgesen Clamps are the best clamps I own. Especially the Heavy Duty versions. I had a few of and was picking up a few at a time until I I found out they were moving production to China. I went to every Home Depot in my area and bought all of the Made in USA clamps I could find.  They were pretty easy to spot because they all had wood handles while the Chinese made ones had the newer style rubber coated plastic handles.

When I heard the company folded> hit the stores again and bought what they had left that I thought were good enough.  These were all made in China. The fit and finish wasn't as good as the made in USA clamps but so far I really haven't had and issue with them.

These are big heavy clamps and I don't use them for everything. Every once in awhile when you really need to squeeze something hard these will do the Job. With 1500 pounds of clamping pressure it's almost like clamping. In a vise.

I still search for used ones. When I find them, for sale on eBay or Craigslist you would think they were made of gold. I read somewhere that someone had bought the brand and was going to bring them back. Home Depot still has them in their web store but none are in stock. Hopefully they will return someday and I'll get a nice surprise.

3706 HD Jorgesen Heavy Duty Bar Clamp
3706 HD Jorgesen Heavy Duty Bar Clamp 

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