Just as they say you can never have enough clamps, I find the corollary is that you can ever have enough hands when
clamping. It seems like you always need
at least three – maybe four! – hands to
keep everything in position while you
apply the clamping pressure. That’s
why fast-action clamps are so popular.
Bora Tools has taken a couple of the
most popular applications in that category and made them even faster.
These all generically could be classed
as bar clamps, but they aren’t generic in
the least. Let’s take them in order of size.
Ratcheting lever clamp
The first ratcheting lever clamp I ever
saw was from a European manufacturer and was all-metal construction,
apparently designed for metalworking
applications. It was amazingly powerful and fast to use. The new Bora Tool
ratcheting lever clamp replaces some of
the parts with reinforced polymer, but
it still feels extra beefy with a rated 330
pounds of clamping force.
Integrated non-slip, non-marring
clamp pads make it sure and safe. At
first, I was nervous about stressing the
polymer lever handle, but it took whatever I could throw at it. It’s available in 6
and 12-inch sizes.
Pistol grip clamp
This one-handed clamp tightens as
you squeeze the pistol grip and loosens
when you press the thumb lever in the
back. It moves forward and backward
much more effortlessly compared to
similar style clamps I’ve tried, and it
doesn’t seem to lock up when subjected
to extreme pressures.
An important feature is quick and
easy reversal of the stationary pad so
you can use these clamps as pushers as
well as clampers. That’s handy in things
like disassembling a chair for repair. It
offers up to 440 pounds of pressure and
is available in 12 and 24-inch sizes.
I’m including the Bora parallel clamps
New fast-acting clamps
here, although they are not strictly-
speaking “fast-action,” but they work
so smoothly, they feel faster. We’ve all
struggled with parallel clamps that
locked up when trying to adjust them.
These slide smoothly on the bar, yet
lock into place where you want, when
you want, while offering 1, 100 pounds
of clamping force. They are available in
sizes from 12 to 50 inches.
For more about these and other Bora
Tools clamps, visit boratool.com. ;
by Will Sampson
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Bora offers improvements on some popular clamp styles.
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William Sampson is a lifelong
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Three new clamp styles from Bora Tools make quick work of clamping. They are the
ratcheting lever clamp, the one-hand pistol grip clamp, and the parallel clamp.