Hey people. I found a great deal on cam clamps on-line at the following link. The prices include shipping (for now). It's the best pricing I could find on-line. They're manufactured in the US. I needed to call them to confirm the shipping cost. I don't know who I talk too, but he said they used to make clamps for Bessey, etc. until his customers decided to go to the PRC for their clamps. I got the impression his business is slow so I thought it be a win-win for anyone else who needs clamps and this company in Iowa. Here's a link: USA Clamp
The cost of 8.5-inch clamps are $13.45 (Stew-Mac is $16.94) each. I bought a box of ten for $124.50 and got an additional $1.00 savings on each clamp. Now figure in the cost saved in shipping...
I'm with you on that one!
40 years ago, those things seemed too expensive for my budget, so I whipped up a batch, including some special super long ones. Not only did I save $$$, but it was also a learning experience that gave me confidence to make more tooling for myself.