Quite a few readers expressed interest in seeing some clamp deals for the holidays.
Good news: there are a couple of deals worth mentioning. Bad news: pickings are slim right now.
I expected that there will be some parallel clamp deals once Black Friday officially hits. And there might be some other pre-Black Friday and holiday season clamp deals I haven’t seen. (If you find a great deal, please let us know!)
I bought one of these Dewalt clamp sets. They’re pretty ordinary trigger clamps, and the 4-piece set comes with 2x 12-inch clamps, and 2x 6-inch clamps.
The larger ones have greater max clamping pressure, and can also be converted into spreaders.
While not a crazy-good deal, $30 seems decent. I’ll be testing them out soon, and I guess if I’m happy enough I’ll pick up a second set. Amazon and HD have the same price online, something to keep in mind if your local HD sells out.
Lowes had a couple of different Irwin clamps on sale, none of them with price labels yet.
There were some medium-duty Irwin Quick-Grip bar clamps on the left side of the display. I don’t think there were enough for the clamps to be HOT BUYS, if you know what I mean.
There’s a 4-pack of Irwin Quick-Grip trigger clamps, presumably for $20. This promo pack comes around every once in a while, usually with “buy 2 get 2 free” wording and a $20 price tag.
I bought 2 sets of these clamps a few years ago, and they’ve held up okay. They’re relatively light weight clamps, and I’d go so far to call them convenience clamps – clamps that you don’t really use for crucial applications.
Even though I’ve got 8 of these clamps, I’ve been on a mission to step up. I don’t like my Bora’s, so that’s why I’m giving the above Dewalts a try. But if you need a bunch of light duty clamps, and like the quick application of trigger clamps, these clamps are about the cheapest usable clamps I’ve found.
These are basic clamps that don’t have a spreader feature.
I couldn’t find these on Lowes.com, but I did find some new lighter-duty-looking models.
There were a bunch of ” F-style bar clamps of unknown prices. They seemed decent.
What’s this? An edge clamp adapter that turns your non-basic Irwin Quick-Grip trigger clamps into edge clamps.
But these won’t work with the basic Irwin bar clamps shown above. Those clamps have a pin through the bar that prevents the moveable jaw from sliding down and off.
Still, I’d never seen a bar clamp attachment like this before. It looks pretty handy.
Price: $6 for 2
Irwin says that it’ll work with their medium duty Quick Grip bar clamps and previous generation SL300 clamps.
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There are 2 smaller Quick-Grip clamps, for $13.
But… these aren’t Micro clamps, which are typically much smaller miniature bar clamps. I’m confused and think the price sticker might be wrong.
Right now you can get the pictured clamps at $10 for 2. There are also 4-packs for $20, linked above.
If you’re going to buy more than 2 clamps, you might be better served by the 4-pack discussed above.
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And… Sears is also selling that 4-pack of basic Quick-Grip bar clamps for $20. I couldn’t find it on Sears’ website, but I did find the 5464 4-clamp bundle on sale for $20 at Acme Tools’ website.
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Since we’re talking about clamps, maybe you’ll also be interested in knowing that the Worx Pegasus clamping portable workbench has been discounted to $99. We’ll be reviewing one shortly, but in the meantime, I’m optimistic.
The Husky clamping portable workbench is also on sale, at Home Depot.
I’ve used this portable bench a few times, and find its design to be curious. The legs are removed and docked underneath the workbench for storage and transport, and I’ve found this to work better than expected. It creates a stable base, probably more so than if the leg assembly were based on some kind of folding system.
This Husky portable workbench is one of the best values I’ve seen, and also one of the least compromised designs.