You don’t want to be frustrated by parallel clamps failing at their simple but important job of keeping your workpiece safe and secure. The solution? Lots and lots of research. When it comes to a big purchase, like a fancy new saw, research is always a no-brainer. However, it’s also something that tends to go by the wayside for smaller purchases like parallel clamps.
You may not have time for lots of research to find the right clamp. Fortunately, we do have the time. Everything you need to know is in this guide, so read on for some parallel clamp reviews!
|Jorgensen Cabinet Master Parallel Jaw Bar Clamps|
|Bessey KR3.550 REVO Parallel Clamps||17 lbs||4.6/5|
|Jet 70431-2 31-Inch Parallel Clamps||15 lbs||4.5/5|
|Yost K5024 24 Inch Parallel-Clamp|
(Best for the Money)
|IRWIN Tools Parallel Jaw Box Clamp||10 lbs||4.2/5|
|Bora 571140 Parallel Jaw Woodworking Clamp||7 lbs||3.8/5|
The Jorgensen Cabinet Master Parallel Jaw Bar Clamps took the top spot through their durable and versatile design. The 90-degree steel bar clamp features a 30% larger clamping surface and allows 10% farther screw travel. The quality build is further enhanced by a stable maple handle that will allow you a tight grip as you work.
The only thing that might keep you from going with this unit is the price. Parallel clamps usually aren’t very expensive, but this unit is definitely pricier than we usually see.
If you do decide to splurge, it will be money well spent, but budget buyers may need to keep looking.
The Bessey KR3.550 REVO Parallel Clamps are still on the pricey side, but they will be a little bit more palatable to budget buyers.
A quick glance yields many features similar to those of the first-place clamps. The 90-degree steel alloy bar will be able to stand up well to wear and tear, while the build of the tool itself is made to be both comfortable and rugged.
The package also comes with jaw pads to prevent scuffing your work surface, and it features an impressive 1500 pounds of clamping force.
So why doesn’t a great tool like this one wind up in the top slot? Well, there is the matter of a customer complaint we’ve encountered several times. A few of the users we spoke with mentioned that their clamps broke upon first use.
Since we’ve only seen this a few times, it’s likely that this is a defect rather than something you are likely to encounter. Still, product malfunctions, even on a small scale, are never what you want to see.
Otherwise, the Bessey KR3.550 is a reliable product that will serve you well.
The Jet 70431-2 31-Inch Parallel Clamps are ergonomic but rugged clamps that are easy to work with. This set features a sliding system for quick adjustments that will keep you on track with your work.
It also features specially designed “no-mar” jaws that will help ensure you don’t damage your workpiece as you use the clamps. To put the cherry on top, you even get a lifetime warranty.
The only real reason this set is third on our list is because of its value. It’s a little more expensive than our runner-up, but doesn’t earn the extra dollars through performance. If you like this tool but would prefer to save some money, you can do so by going with the Bessey KR3.550.
Still, if you weren’t sold on our first two options today, this unit will certainly serve as a reliable substitution.
The Yost K5024 24 Inch Parallel-Clamp is both affordable and high-quality. Granted, this tool is a little more basic. There aren’t any fancy features, but you do get a reliable lightweight aluminum design that should hold up well to normal use. It even has an ergonomic comfort grip that will be your friend during long hours on the job.
However, there is an issue in terms of durability. While most projects should go fine, you might run into trouble with high-pressure clamping. If put under too much stress, the bar will bend, or even snap, so you definitely need to be careful in how you use the tool.
The IRWIN Tools Parallel Jaw Box Clamp is another affordable option for buyers on a budget. The unit also earns some points for a very reliable locking mechanism that secures the jaws safely.
Unfortunately, this clamp is lacking. Its capacity is somewhat limited. It’s only able to withstand 150 pounds of pressure (one-tenth that of some of the other options we’ve seen) and the resin body doesn’t hold up so well over time.
If you’re an amateur who needs a clamp for light use, this will be fine. If not, you will probably be better served by something else.
The Bora 571140 Parallel Jaw Woodworking Clamp is another affordable tool worth consideration for buyers who need to save money.
But the price is really the only selling point. There are lots of little flaws in this unit. The jaws aren’t parallel, the handle gets stuck during adjustment, and the shaft bends very easily.
For light work, this option may be suitable, but there are many better choices available for a similar price.
Other types of clamps we’ve reviewed:
Hopefully our parallel clamp reviews have made your decision very easy. But if you still aren’t quite sure what option to buy, that is understandable. After all, each one of these tools excels in its own way.
We can help with a couple of recommendations. Buyers who demand the best of the best will want our top choice, the Jorgensen Cabinet Master Parallel Jaw Bar Clamps.
If your goal is to buy something that is gentle to your budget, think about our best for the money pick, the Yost K5024 24 Inch Parallel-Clamp.
These are two options we loved, but you know what you’re doing now, so decide for yourself and buy the best parallel clamp for your work.