Shopping for pipe clamps isn’t exactly exciting. But it is still important. This versatile product plays an important role in everything from woodworking to cabinetry to piping.
A pipe clamp’s ability to perform its simple but important duty can have a direct effect on the quality of your work. If you take your craft seriously (and since you are reading this, we bet you do), then you want to get a good one.
Unfortunately, this is sometimes easier said than done. At a glance, most pipe clamps look identical. It is only in using them that you can really see if their performance is up to snuff.
The problem, of course, is that the average buyer doesn’t get to test out pipe clamps before buying. The good news for you is that we do. We have spent a lot of time with pipe clamps lately to help you pick one perfect for your needs.
Our findings have been assembled in these pipe clamp reviews. Read on!
|Bessey BPC-H34 3/4-Inch H Style Pipe Clamp|
|IRWIN QUICK-GRIP 3/4" Pipe Clamp||2 lbs||4.5/5|
|Yost Tools YPC-Y12 1/2" Pipe Clamp|
|Jorgensen 55 3/4-Inch Pro Pipe Clamp Fixture||4 lbs||4.2/5|
|YaeTek 4 Pack 3/4" Wood Gluing Pipe Clamp Set||9 lbs||3.95/5|
The Bessey BPC takes our top slot today for offering quality performance in a durable package. The H-shaped foot provides two dimensions of stability to maximize the security of your workpiece.
The unit also features an unusually high base that will grant you more clearance. This should make the Bessey more comfortable to work with. The positioning puts the crank higher up than normal, so that it won’t scrape against your table the way that lower-end units often do.
The unit also features cast jaws to maximize the durability of the clamps.
One issue to look out for, however, is that the pipe threading is a little weak. With regular use, the threading may distort after a year or so, which effectively renders the product useless.
Of course, this can be replaced, but it will be at your cost, which may make the Bessey pricey for some users to own.
For our runner-up, we have the Irwin quick grip. A quick look will tell you that this tool has quite a bit in common with the first clamp we looked at.
A clever, oversized handle means an easy grip and maximum clearance from the workpiece. It has stable, large feet for added security, and a durable build that should be able to hold true for a long time.
It even avoids the main problem that we had with the last unit by introducing an innovative clamping system that eliminates the need for a threaded pipe altogether.
So, why didn’t this tool come in first place? Well, there is a value issue. This tool is more expensive than our top pick without being demonstrably better. Granted, it still isn’t extremely expensive—pipe clamps never really are. But why spend more than you need to?
The other problem is that the crank side tends to slip out of grip sometimes, which will be irritating over time.
Ultimately, it is a good tool, but these issues put it second to the Bessey in our book.
Now for our best for the money pick. The Yost Tools YPC delivers a similar level of quality to the last two tools, but comes in at a more manageable price.
In addition to being affordable, it also has the benefit of being hyper-durable. The entire clamp is made of cast-iron construction, so it will be able to survive the wear and tear of your average shop without any trouble.
Unfortunately, there is a fairly substantial threading problem that many users are reporting. In the case of the Bessey, the issue was that the threads will wear down over time. That isn’t the problem here.
With the Yost tools, it seems there is a select defect in some units that leaves the threading completely useless. Not every clamp will come with this problem, but the ones that will aren’t usable.
The defect should be covered under warranty, but it’s still a drag.
Penultimately, we look at the Jorgensen 55. This is the priciest clamp that we have seen to this point, which means that some shoppers on a tight budget will want to stay clear.
That said, the clamp does earn its price tag somewhat through its stable, durable build. The feet of the clamp feature a tall, spread-out build that provides above-average stability.
It also features cast-iron construction that should ensure the Jorgensen lasts for a long time.
These things said, key issues do keep the tool lower down on our list.
The price is one of those factors. This unit is considerably pricier than many of the other options that we have seen today. However, durability aside, the extra money doesn’t pay off in the performance.
The Jorgensen is more expensive than the Bessey without actually outperforming it.
It is also worth mentioning that there are some problems with the feet. Under regular use, they should be just fine. However, if you are going to do frequent, heavy-duty work with the clamps, the feet may buckle under the pressure.
For this reason, serious users may want to look for something else.
Last, we have the YaeTek. The sticker price of this option is actually the highest on the list. However, you are getting four clamps, which makes this the most financially sensible option for people that need more than one.
Unfortunately, value is about all this set has going for it.
The paint job of the clamp seems to interfere with the threading, making it very challenging to secure pipe.
The pins that secure the clamping mechanism also aren’t very reliable, which makes the entire system difficult to use. This product will work for light use, but if you need something more reliable, you will want to look elsewhere.
It is time to make a buying decision. Which of these pipe clamp reviews was your favorite? Choosing can be hard, but if it helps make your decision easier, there were a couple of options that we were partial to.
If you want to get the best product you can find regardless of price, you will really like our top pick, the Bessey BPC.
However, if you need something a little more affordable, go with the Yost Tools YPC. Our best for the money pick offers an optimal combination of value and quality for buyers on a budget.
That said, those are just the clamps we like. Now that you have acquainted yourself with the market, you will hopefully be able to make your own decision.
You can also read our top 5 bar clamp picks found here.
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!