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    Bora Portamate Clamps

    Any one use these parallel clamps? WoodPeckers has a set of 4 for $99.
    Tim in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas

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    I'm not familiar with the clamps, but in general, Bora make decent products.
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    The most expensive tool is the one you buy "cheaply" and often...

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    I remember reading a shootout with Jorgensen, Bessey, Bora, Irwin, Jet and another brand. The Boras were dead last in the ranking with complaints of bending and improperly aligned jaws. I am tempted each time this sale comes up but keep drifting back to that review. Can’t seem to find it now to link you... The price is attractive for sure though.

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    Woodcraft had them on sale a while back so I grabbed 2 of them. When I got home I noticed the jaws were not parallel so I returned them.

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    I ordered a few from Woodcraft since they had a good price.
    They seem to get pretty good reviews with a few dissatisfied reviews as well.
    https://www.finewoodworking.com/2019...lel-jaw-clamps
    I'll find out this weekend.

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    Let us know how it goes. Only positive review out there is one that was sponsored. The feedback on the WC sales site is pretty mixed.

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    Don't know about clamps, but I sure like the folding sawhorses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Engel View Post
    Don't know about clamps, but I sure like the folding sawhorses.
    Happen to have a link to these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Hayward View Post
    Happen to have a link to these?
    I believe he's referring to these.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RTM6BYZ..._w27tFbQ0WQHSS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ty wayne View Post
    Thank you.

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    Her eis where I saw them on Woodpeckers, 4 for $99. https://www.woodpeck.com/bora-portam...piece-set.html
    Tim in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas

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    I had seen this before I purchased mine. I'll updated once I have the ones I ordered.


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    Any update?

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    William unfortunately Woodcraft ran out of the clamps and had to cancel my order. I was a bit bummed but it happens.
    I have some nice Juergensen clamps but I still could use a few more good bar clamps (who couldn't really).
    I'm starting a couple of projects now and actually picked up a few of the cheap Harbor Freight aluminum clamps (the hack to insert a stiffener seems to work). If I have an issue with them I'm going to go to Woodcraft and pay for some good ones.

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    Take a look at Dubuque clamp company aluminum bar clamps. I have several dozen of both Bessey parallel and the Dubuque clamps. For 9/10 glue ups I go with the Dubuque’s. They do flex under high tension but most glue ups don’t require insane pressure. The aluminum ones are so much easier to move and lighter.

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