What are the different types of clamps?
There are many different types of clamps, designed for various purposes and workloads
Here are some subcategories and the types which they include.
Screw clamps are types which use a screw mechanism to adjust the jaws and clamp a workpiece in place.
The types which are found in the screw clamp category include G clamps (also known as C clamps), F clamps, edging clamps, wooden hand screw clamps and rack clamps.
Quick-release clamps can also be known as one-handed clamps and are designed with a mechanism which allows the user to release a workpiece in one quick movement.
There are different types of quick-release clamps, including lever clamps, spring clamps and trigger clamps.
Bar clamps have a long metal bar which holds the two jaws parallel. The extensive bar allows the user to clamp long or wide workpieces effectively, making them a useful tool to have for heavy-duty work.
There are various types of bar clamps to choose from, including T-bar clamps, sash clamps and pipe clamps. Clamp heads are also available, which allows a user to build their own bar clamp, a cost-effective alternative to buying a brand new model.
Locking clamps have a feature which allows them to be quickly locked or released in one swift movement using the integrated lever. Due to their wide jaw opening and square shape, locking clamps are designed for clamping large or awkward objects, that other clamps may be unable to grip on to.
The design of the jaw also means they are an ideal clamp for holding irregularly shaped or tapered work pieces. Many models of locking clamp are available which may have different features and jaw shapes.
Angle clamps are designed for clamping objects at an angle. It is an ideal clamp to use when wishing to create mitre joints or corner cuts.
Angle clamps can also be referred to as corner clamps or mitre clamps. However, all types are designed for a similar purpose.
A flooring clamp works in conjunction with another surface to hold a workpiece. Flooring clamps are designed to be used when layering flooring, including wooden, panel or laminated floorboards.
There are different types of flooring clamps available, such as flooring strap clamps and seaming clamps.
Band clamps can also be known as strap clamps, and are designed to hold on to circular, square or irregularly shaped objects.
The tool usually has a strong nylon strap which is used to hold an object in place.
Toggle clamps only have one clamping plate and work in conjunction with a worktop, such as a bench surface, to hold a workpiece steady. The clamp is designed to be permanently fixed to the workbench, by bolting it into place.
The clamp can be adjusted to accommodate for workpieces of various shapes and sizes.