We’ve all been there: You’re clamping up something with con- ventional bar clamps
and there isn’t enough room between
the clamp handle and some obstacle to
allow enough purchase for your fingers
to tighten the clamp properly. Now
Bessey, long a leader in manual clamping technology, has come up with a
The new Bessey GearKlamps, which
won a Visionary Award at AWFS, are
bar clamps with a difference. They
move the clamping handle to be
concentric with the bar. That means
no knuckle-busting in close quarters,
but there are some other new features,
too, to make these clamps even more
How they work
The secret to how these clamps function is a geared transmission hidden
in the lower clamp jaw. When you turn
the handle that rotates around the
clamping bar, that action turns a series
of gears that move the lower clamp
screw, developing a clamping force of
up to 450 pounds.
Moving the clamping handle to the
bar also has other benefits. A quick re-
lease button on the lower jaw falls right
under your thumb when your hand is
on the handle, and you can slide the
clamp closed without even using the
button or jiggling the handle. That
makes for quick adjustments to slide
the lower jaw up and down the bar. A
large no-mar pad on the upper station-
ary jaw can be snapped off to reveal
grooves for better clamping of round
or irregular work.
In a variety of applications in the
shop, these clamps are a pleasure to
use. Without considering the special
features, they are fast, sure, and offer
plenty of clamping force. But when you
add the extra access of the rail-located
handle, that improves clamping immeasurably. You can torque the handle
as much as you want without running
into obstacles or accidentally pushing
the clamp out of proper location.
The Bessey GearKlamps are currently available in four sizes from
6-inches to 24-inches at prices ranging from $18 to $25, so they are really
competitive with conventional clamps.
You can learn more at www.besseytools.
by William Sampson
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Gear clamps for tight spaces
Bessey develops innovative clamping system that makes more room for your fingers.
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William Sampson is a lifelong
woodworker and the editor of FDMC
The new Bessey GearKlamps move the clamping handle to the rail for increased
finger clearance without sacrificing clamping force.