batg4 wrote:Has anyone seen any good deals on the Jet parallel clamps, or any other good brand for that matter. The Jet clamps just seem to have some nice features. Also, has anyone been to The Woodworking Show? If so, what deals did you see there on these clamps? I plan to go to the Kansas City show in February. It will take me at least that long to save for them as they are pretty pricey.
Before you buy do a realistic assessment on what you really need. I tend to buy long clamps figuring I can clamp anything. Sounds good in theory but in practice. It gets old dealing with 2 and 3 ft tails of the clamps I rarely if ever use. My most used clamps are my 18 inch and 2 footers, seconded by my 6" and 12". I have a lot of 4ft and 5 ft clamps that I rarely use.
If I had to do over I would have bought only 6" to 3 ft clamps in beam or alumimum bar and bought pipe clamps with couplers for anything larger.
I have 4 5-6ft Bessey parallel face clamps that have never been off the clamp rack. And 4 4 ft Jorenson parallel face clamps that got used once. However my 6"-3ft clamps rarely make it back to the rack. For the price of the 4-6 ft clamps I rarely use I could have bought a lot more of the smaller clamps I never seem to have enough of.
As for the wood working shows I have found they usually offer 10% off but they usually have show specials that work out better. If you can find a factory rep and start talking to him, he will take you over to a retailer and work out a good deal. Dewalt reps are the best for this.