Jorgensen Clamp Sticking Problems
Hello To All,
I have several Jorgensen Cabinet Master clamps which are sticking shut.
I just checked the article in FWW #172, ‘Bar Clamps Head to Head’ and sure enough, the author mentions having the same problem. He went on to say that ” … but a simple giggle of the handle usually took care of the problem.” Well, I’ve been ‘giggling’ too much of late with these clamps.
I have had trouble with all of my JCM clamps, but one more so than the others. I must admit that they are not numbered, so I am assuming that I am, in fact, having trouble with the SAME clamp. At any rate, I believe that I learned how to solve this annoying problem.
When putting the cleaned clamp away, leave the clamp adjusting handle towards the middle of its travel. I have found that if you remove all of its travel – turned completely in the direction as you would to open or release pressure – then close it shut and rotate the handle to clamp it shut, it will stick every time. If you leave the screw travel at the half-way point and then clamp it shut, it will always come free when you attempt to open it.
This may be a small matter to some, but when you need a clamp but cannot get it open, it can become very frustrating.
And, BTW, the above mentioned article also gave a web site: ‘www. adjustableclamp.com’, which does exist, but cannot be opened. I was attempting to email them about this but could not log in.
If anyone else has solved this problem, I would like to know the details. I sincerely hope this may help anyone who has had this problem. These are very good clamps, but of little practical use if you cannot get them open.