Over at Amazon, this Irwin 4-pack of 6-inch bar clamps was a good seasonal “special buy” at $20. Now, they’ve slashed the price an extra 15%, making it $17. That’s a hot deal if you ask me.
Years ago, I bought a 4-pack of these Irwin clamps on the spot when they were $20 at the local home center. $20 for 4 trigger-action bar clamps is a good price. $17 is even better.
They’re basic clamps with 6″ opening capacity and 140 lbs of clamping pressure.
After a year or two, I bought another set of 4 clamps the next time I saw it on sale for $20.
You can’t use them as spreaders, and they’re somewhat lightweight. But they’re inexpensive, easy to use, and the non-marring pads work quite well. I use these often, although I tend to use my Bessey ratcheting clamps a bit more when I don’t need a lot of clamps.
These Irwin clamps are handy for quick glue-ups, and I use them for holding work materials to portable or stationary workbenches.
I can’t tell you these are amazing clamps, nor can I tell you that they’re as versatile as more premium models. They’re cheap, but not cheaply made, at least not in my experience. They’re basic, but useful.
I bought a Dewalt trigger clamp special buy a couple of years ago, and it came with two basic 6″ clamps and two more premium 12″ clamps. I like these Irwin clamps a lot better than Dewalt’s 6″ clamps.
You know the adage where one can never have too many clamps? This is a good set to make sure you always have a couple of clamps on-hand. I have two sets of them, but I think that’s a good place to stop. After that, spend any additional money on larger, stronger, or more versatile and featured clamps. Even with better (or at least pricier) clamps at my disposal, I still use my Irwin clamps all the time.
In other words, these clamps are not the best, but you should consider buying them anyway, at least if you’ve been waiting for a good holiday season deal on clamps to serve growing workshop or tool box needs.
Update: Acme Tools is also offering this set at $17.
Do you want longer clamps? Amazon has another special buy where you get (2) 6″ and (2) 12″ clamps for $25.
My guess is that Amazon has too large of a stockpile on these special buys and has discounted the price to help empty warehouse shelves.
I’m quite surprised by the price reduction, as this Irwin clamp set has NEVER been priced this low. I checked ToolGuyd’s Black Friday and deal post archives, and the seasonal price has always been fixed at $20. I also checked online price trackers, just to be sure, and they’re reporting that the current price of $16.99 is the lowest price this Irwin clamp set has ever sold for.
While an added $3 discount off the $20 special buy price doesn’t seem like a lot of money, it’s still a 15% added discount, which might be enough to sway anyone that’s been on the fence.
This set is only $20 a couple of times each year – sometimes for the winter holidays, sometimes for the winter holidays and Father’s Day (at least if my memory is accurate).
In other words, once it sells out, you’re not going to see this clamp set at this price again for 6 months, maybe longer.