I’m just mulling over what style to get really. I was thinking k body parallels, as I have 6 uniklamps but have problems with them sliding so was going to move up to the k body, but they are not cheap, so got me thinking about pipe clamps.
I read Axminster did a deal in may on their hd clamp, buy one get one free, missed that as that would have been ideal.
And in stock too @ €12.90 a throw. Good value.They do the 3/4", I saw them after I posted.
Clamps for the hobbiest are difficult. It has made me look through tonight what is available which is when I saw these.
The performance and function of a parallel clamp is the same for hobbiest and pro. I could sacrifice some of the durability because I don't need them to last for years being used all day every day like a pro. The axminsters don't clamp with as much force and are only a small saving, so the choice really is only bessey.
I have galvanised pipe, red oxide and black pipes. I dislike the galvanised as it’s not easy to get the spring loaded end to grip the pipes. This is not a problem with the other 2 kinds.I prefer galvanised pipe for pipe clamps. no rust risk with water based glues.
I use Power Press pipe clamps. They have both ends spring loaded so no need for threads. I've not had a problem with either galvanised or black pipe.I have galvanised pipe, red oxide and black pipes. I dislike the galvanised as it’s not easy to get the spring loaded end to grip the pipes. This is not a problem with the other 2 kinds.
looking at these, any good or just to avoid?
I have 20 or so Pony pipe clamps that were made in the US in the olden days and they are good. They cost more 30 or 40 years ago as the ones you link. If they are as good as Pony I'd tell you to hop on them right away. However without having them in front of me to scrutinize and try I wouldn't touch them for any money. You just don't know if they are good or if they are pony poo. Clamps are generally one of those tools that you get what you pay for. The cheap ones don't hold/slip, have out of square faces, because of poor threads bind before getting tight and break. Unfortunately it is almost impossible to know from pictures and glowing praise by the seller. If you feel the return policy is good if they prove to be poor then take the chance. If you might be left holding the bag then pass and save up for good ones. They will last a lifetime.