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Stanley Bailey Parallel Bar Clamp

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Stanley
Model:
83-040
Price:
$40

Description

• $40 listed price is typical for a 24" clamp; other lengths vary slightly.
• Oversized jaw faces distribute even pressure over a large area
• Heavy-duty "I" beam design keeps jaws parallel at all times
• Unique jaw stop keeps bar parallel to work surface
• Plastic-covered jaws protect surfaces from marring and damage
• Quickly converts from a clamp to a spreader without the use of tools
• Bi-material, tri-lobular handle is comfortable and improves torque

WOOD magazine review

The most clamping force of any parallel clamp

Review Summary

Stanley's parallel clamp generated the greatest amount of clamping force in our test of 8 brands of parallel clamps, topping out at just over 1,000 psi. Its large triangular-shaped handle, easy-gliding threads, and large jaws worked in synch to make that happen. But its moveable jaw tended to get hung up frequently on the bar, making it finicky to deal with, and the flimsy plastic end stops broke easily when the clamps dropped from a workbench onto a concrete shop floor.
The black I-beam-type bars stained wood substantially when wet glue came between them and the wood, so much so that it required planing to remove.

Detailed Ratings

3.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

3

Ease of Use

4

Value

3

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