fabricators and builders I need big HD bar clamps

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  1. WIsixfitty

    WIsixfitty ceiling unlimited

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    I need some big heavy duty bar clamps for work to pull 1.25" thick steel housing plates together for the mfg of wind turbine gen housings.

    Not the el-cheapo kind that thread on to 3/4 pipe.
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    I've searched but just keep coming up with the same clamps.

    Anything bigger that would thread on 1.5 to 2.0 pipe would be ideal.

    Halp!:1drink
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  2. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    Inch and a quarter plate may require some sort of hydraulic ram type of clamp to get it to safely move
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  3. WIsixfitty

    WIsixfitty ceiling unlimited

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    The plates are just tacked in. It's for tweaking for some warpage from cutting and squaring up.

    We get away with the cheap ones now it's just in the shop setting they don't last long.


    I did find some of these just this morning.

    Carver Bar-Style Clamps

    http://www.destaco.com/bar-style.html

    up to 6000lbs of pull.
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  4. jasonmt

    jasonmt Been here awhile

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  5. WIsixfitty

    WIsixfitty ceiling unlimited

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    I've got some Bessy's. Good shtuff.

    Except we need 3 to 5 foot lengths.
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  6. jasonmt

    jasonmt Been here awhile

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    Can you sketch what you are trying to do? Strongbacks / Dogs / Cleats will not work easier than clamps?
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  7. panhead_dan

    panhead_dan motorcycle addict

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    dogs and wedges
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  8. fxstbiluigi

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    +1
    if there is much pressure involved clamps won't survive and a porta-power
    can get quite cumbersom and messy.
    Cut some wedges from 1" or heavier plate and the dogs can be cut from 3/8" or 1/2" plate.
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  9. WIsixfitty

    WIsixfitty ceiling unlimited

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    I would post a pic but I'm not sure I can show this publicly.:deal

    dogs and wedges would work but they take time. Where as a bar clamp is pretty darn quick.

    agreed porta power is just clumsy.

    Time is crucial. We have to do one of these housings a day. About 5 hours for prep and tack and 20 to weld.
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  10. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

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    you don't say the configuration of the gussets or if the weld plates are all the same, but how about a plate with holes drilled so you can use 2 pipe clamps together, then they can't spread. maybe 2 plates with holes. or instead of screw clamps 2 plates, pipes & a hydraulic jack
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  11. fxstbiluigi

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    Sounds to me like it's time to educate those that think everything in the welding world happens without complications, and that it dosen't always happen in a problem free manner and sometimes steel can be quite uncooperative and that the DAMN thing will be welded when we get a good fit-up and get done welding it. AND if they don't like that they should have hired someone with some welding experience to bid that part of the job.
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  12. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    A good t-bar sash clamp would be a good measure stronger than those 3/4 pipe ones. If you need stronger again the Carver clamps would be the tool.

    Cheers
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  13. WIsixfitty

    WIsixfitty ceiling unlimited

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    your preaching to the chior.

    I'm the lead just trying to keep both sides happy. :1drink
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  14. gsweave

    gsweave Yinz, blinkers are on, since 05

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    Hell use a chain fall come along to draw it to place, and these Besseys to hold it for tack up.

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  15. fxstbiluigi

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    Once everything is fit up and tacked what type and size rod are you using to make the weld? Fillet or ?
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  16. DUNDERHEAD

    DUNDERHEAD Been here awhile

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    Try Wetzler Clamp Co. I have several dozen of their clamps in my shop. They make bar clamps with T handles up to seven feet.
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