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H Series Pipe Clamp

Bessey - H Series Pipe Clamp

With greater stability and an elevated handle, Bessey’s new H-series pipe clamps eliminate much of the frustration associated with panel glue-ups.

$16-18 (As of 2/11/2010)

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Editor's Review:

by Tom Begnal

review date: February 11, 2010

Bessey is making glue-ups easier with its new “H” series pipe-clamp hardware. With a base that’s taller and wider than on standard pipe clamps, these high-rise clamps provide more room for the handles and prevent you from scraping your knuckles. Plus, they’re less likely to tip.

I tested 1/2-in. and 3/4-in. versions using both black-steel and galvanized pipe. The sliding jaws slid fine but didn’t lose their grip when the clamps were tightened as tight as I could make them.

The clamps include plastic slip-on pads to protect the work from dents. The pads worked well in my tests with cherry, maple, and pine. Only on butternut, an especially soft wood, did I find dents consistently.

Expect to pay about $18 per pair for the 3/4-in. set and $16 for a 1/2-in. set.

Editor Test Results:

Bar Flex/Jaw Deflection N/A
Clamping Pressure N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bessey
Manufacturer's Web Site http://www.besseytools.com/
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-828-1004
Screw Travel N/A
Size N/A
Reach N/A

These H clamps make panel glueups a breeze. The threads are well machined, and engage smoothly. The handle is large enough to provide good clamping pressure, and clears the workbench to prevent scraped knuckles. The plastic pads are better than most. They stay in place, and prevent damage to the workpiece. As long as I don't need a deep jaw clamp, I will reach for my bessey H clamps. The 1/2" versions are more than adequate up to 4' lengths.

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