The Adjustable Clamp Company has been around since 1905 and hold many of the original patents on their various clamps. They are the makers of the Jorgensen and Pony clamp lines and tools.
Today we are reviewing the 3724 24″ steel heavy duty and the 3712 steel light duty Jorgensen Bar clamps. When I was faced with the decision of a cheap (but MORE expensive) plastic imported clamp or the steel heavy duty Jorgensen clamp made in Chicago, the choice was obvious. I had used both in the past, and always preferred the steel option when available. They come with rubber edges, so if you’re clamping down a piece of delicate wood, it will not damage the grain. Both sizes I purchased have easy access to the adjustment and release lever and, when not covered in wood glue, the bars slide easily. Nice rounded wooden handles make the tightening and loosening of the clamps a cinch. The bar clamps themselves are versatile and have been used on anything from assemblage and gluing of a band-saw box to holding down dowels or 2×4’s while sanding and sawing. They do not wiggle free during use and are built to last so you can hand them down to your grandchildren’s grandchildren.
I buy products that are built to last, and am willing to spend more for that feature. With the steel, made in the USA, Jorgensen clamps I got the built-to-last feature for less money than the ‘break-tomorrow’ plastic imported option.