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Irwin Next Generation Bar Clamp

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.8
out of 5
Brand:
Irwin Quick-Grip
Model:
2021412N
Price:
$25

Description

* Patented POWER LOCKS™ hold more pressure, longer
* Provides 600 lbs of one-handed force
* Double Locking Swivel Jaws allows even distribution of clamping forces
* 3.75" Throat Depth
* Removable Full Face Pads
* I-Beam Bar for reduced flexing and bowing
* Quick Change Screw to allow for easy conversion to spreader
* Adjustable Foot
* Available in 6, 12, 18, 24, 36, & 50" lengths

WOOD magazine review

Pivoting jaws for curved clamping, but bulky

Review Summary

We like Irwin's Quick-Grip clamps in every size and style, but this one probably has the least appeal for woodworking in a shop. We love its jaw options: Removable 90° fixed jaw pads extend to the bar to give you better surface contact for right-angle glue-ups; remove those pads and the jaws pivot 3° up and 12° down, great for clamping curved or irregular shapes. The XP600s exhibited the most clamping force of 11 one-hand bar clamps in our testing, maxing out at nearly 400 lbs on average.
But these brutes weigh nearly twice as much as the blue-and-yellow SL300 clamps, the next step down in the series. The jaws are canted when not under pressure, and as you tighten they frequently cause assemblies to move out of alignment as the jaws square up. All in all, these clamps are better suited for construction and DIY jobs than building projects in a shop.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Reader Reviews

The only ones that get my money!

Review Summary

I think I have tried most every major brand of quick clamps, and the Irwins are the only ones that work and keep working. Some of the competitors will not grab, some of the plastic components just plain broke with little usage. At this point, I will buy nothing but Irwin.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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