Bessey describes their KliKlamp ratchet-action bar clamps as being the new generation of high-tech clamps. While I have yet to try these specific clamps, I own a couple of similarly-styled Jorgensen’s gear clamps, and am greatly fond of them.
Why am I discussing Bessey’s ratcheting clamps rather than the Jorgensen ones I use and love? They seem to be easier to find and less expensive.
KliKlamp Features and Benefits
- Lightweight magnesium jaws
- Non-marring jaws that resist glue, paint, and some solvents
- Curved clamping lever
- Ratchet action controls allow for quick clamping and release
- Fiberglass-reinforced nylon clamping arm
- Fixed arm features v-grooves underneath the removal clamping pad
These clamps are available in 4″, 8″, and 12″ lengths (KLI3.004, KLI3.008, KLI3.012), all with 3″ throat depths and clamping force rated at 260 lbs. Prices vary from $19 to $25 per clamp.
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There is also a 4pc set of 8-inch clamps ($90 via Amazon), but you can sometimes get better pricing if you buy the clamps individually.
I would say that ease and speed of use, as well as controllable clamping pressure, is why I continue to favor my ratcheting clamps over traditional squeeze-handle bar clamps, at least for smaller clamping tasks.
The 8-inch clamps are best for general purpose use. KliKlamps are light-to-medium duty clamps designed for woodworking clamping applications, but they work well for general purpose clamping tasks as well.