When we tested parallel-jaw clamps head-to-head, Bessey had just launched a revised version of its pioneering wood-handled model.…
This new one had a rubber-inlaid plastic handle that was slightly bigger in length and diameter than the wood handle, and we preferred it for those reasons because we could get a better grip. But that grip did not translate into additional clamping force: Quite the opposite—the wood handles generated about 25 greater pounds per square inch of clamping force. But the synthetic handle clamps had larger jaws mounted on identical bars, and we like that extra surface for clamping wood joints together. The jaws stayed parallel with each style, but they tended to slide easily on both when tilted vertically.
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