How to use quick-release clamps

     
     
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 How to use quick-release clamps 

Simply follow the steps below for a quick and easy guide on how to use your quick-release clamp.

 

The steps may vary slightly, depending on the type you are using.

 
     
 How to open the jaws on a quick-release clamp 

Step 1 - Position jaws

The first step is to position the jaws in relation to the workpiece. How you do this will depend on the type of quick-release clamp you are using. If you are using a spring clamp, the jaws are operated through the handles. 

 
     
 Open the jaws by pushing the handles together 

However, the way they are operated can vary with each type. If the handles are offset then they will need to be pushed together to open the jaws.  

 

Alternatively, the handles may cross-over and this type is slightly more complex to use. The clamp will have a quick-release lever which will allow the jaws to open when it is pressed. 

 
     
 The moveable jaw can slide along the bar 

The moveable jaw on a lever clamp can slide along the bar, until opened or closed sufficiently to fit the workpiece. The lever is then used to increase clamping pressure..

 
     
 A trigger clamp will have a quick-release button to adjust the jaws A trigger clamp has a quick-release lever or button which unlocks the moveable jaw, allowing it to be adjusted. The trigger is then pressed repeatedly until the clamping pressure is sufficient. 
     
 Place the clamp in the best working position 

Step 2 - Position clamp

Next, place the jaws of the clamp over the workpiece that you wish to clamp. 

 
    Donkee says 'Make sure the workpiece is in the best working position between the jaws' 
     
 Use the handles of a spring clamp to close the jaws 

Step 3 - Close jaws

Close the jaws firmly to keep the workpiece secure. If you are using a spring clamp with offset jaws, let go of the handles and the jaws will automatically close. On the other hand, if you are using a spring clamp with crossover jaws, push the handles together and lock the quick-release lever to keep them in place. 

 
     
 Press the lever down to close the jaws If you are using a lever clamp, press the lever down to close the jaws around the workpiece. When the lever is pressed down, the clamping face is pushed against the workpiece, placing pressure on the moveable jaw and causing it to tilt. This prevents it from being able to slide along the bar, effectively locking it into place.  
     
 Press the trigger repeatedly to close the jaws When using a trigger clamp, the trigger will need to be repeatedly pressed to slide the moveable jaw along the bar. 
     
 More than one clamp can be used if needed 

If more than one clamp is needed, simply repeat the steps above with a number of clamps until the workpiece is held securely.

 

Your workpiece is now secure and the desired work application can be completed.  

 
     
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