A couple of readers tipped me off about new Dewalt clamps that started popping up on Home Depot’s website.
I asked Dewalt about the new bar clamps, and was told that it’s a “test” with Home Depot. So maybe this is a limited run designed to gauge demand?
The 6″ and 12″ bar clamp set, above, is priced at $20, which is quite economical.
Most of the new Dewalt clamps are not immediately available for shipping, but some are, such as this 4″ bar clamp, DWHT83849. It features a 2″ throat depth and up to 330 lb clamping capacity, is priced at $5, and ships for free as part of a $45+ order.
Most of the images look like renderings, but the fact that some of the SKUs are available means that there must be products on the warehouse shelf. Others are listed as available for “scheduled delivery,” and I can’t even tell you what that means.
There are a couple of right angle clamp options. The poorly imaged miter clamp, to the right, is available for free delivery on a $35+ order.
The new Dewalt parallel clamps look very similar to Irwin’s, which would make sense since Dewalt now owns the brand. But let’s hope that they’ve made improvements. I didn’t have good things to say about Irwin parallel clamps: Irwin Parallel Clamps Review: They Look Great But Perform Terribly.
There are a few sizes of parallel clamps, too.
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Now’s a good time to remind you about Home Depot’s Dewalt trigger clamp bundle pack. You get 2 medium 6″ clamps and 2 large 12″ clamps, for $30.
I bought a set last year, and recently bought 2 more sets. The 2 recent sets were mostly paid for using a $50 Home Depot gift card that they sent me before I toured their gift center for the holiday season. I was going to buy 2 more sets anyways.
The 12″ clamps are quite good. The smaller 6″ clamps? Not so much. The 12″ clamps sell for $20 each, individually. So I figure I’m getting a $10 discount off the price of (2) 12″ clamps, and the smaller “medium” clamps are no-cost extras I can use or toss in a “I don’t like these clamps but maybe they’ll come in handy sometime” pile.
It’s not that the 6″ clamps aren’t good, they’re just not as strong or nice to use as the 12″ clamps.
Some of the online photos show the 12″ as having the same reversible jaw removal button as the 6″ clamps, but it doesn’t, it has the beefier mechanism as shown here. It’s an important distinction because there are “medium” versions of the 12″ clamp. But you don’t get that, you get the slightly more expensive and much better “large” clamp version.
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