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Irwin is upgrading their XP Quick-Grip line that we first covered in 2006.  Now they describe the clamps as one-handed bar clamps.  The clamps feature the same Power Locks to hold pressure longer and an I-beam bar to resist twisting and bowing, but Irwin increased the rated clamping pressure to 600 pounds and added double-locking swivel jaws with removable face pads.

Like all Irwin’s other Quick-Grip clamps, you can convert the XP600’s to spreaders with the quick-change screw.  Although the spreaders need a minimum opening of 9-1/8″ to work, Irwin did increase the throat depth to 3-3/4″.

It looks like Irwin will make the Quick-Grip XP600 in 6″, 12″, 18″, 24″, 36″, and 50″ lengths.  We haven’t found anyplace selling these updated clamps yet.  If you’ve seen ’em sold anywhere, let us know in the comments.

Quick-Grip XP600 [Irwin]

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5 Responses to Preview: Quick-Grip XP600 Bar Clamps

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  2. ShopMonger says:


    Yes i have heard nothing but great things about these from other woodworkers. My father uses irwin clamps and I am in the market for some new clamps.

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  5. Rick Gifford says:

    I have picked up several of the Irwin XP600 clamps in different sizes when I found them on sale at Lowes. These are by far the best clamps in my shop now. Strong, tough and easy to put in place.

    I plan to buy more. These are the first ones I grab. My only regret is I do not own enough and still have to use other style clamps on a larger projects.

    I have cranked down on them as hard as I can and they havent hinted at giving or slipping.

    A solid product.

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