What are the different types of locking clamp?

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 What are the different types of locking clamp? There are many different types of locking clamp available, including:   

Standard locking clamp

 A standard locking clamp is the most commonly used type 

A standard locking clamp is the most common type used. It refers to types which have regular tips at the ends of their jaws. For more information, see What are the parts of a locking clamp?  


A standard locking clamp is available in various versions, including long-reach models which have a deep throat for clamping wider objects. 


Locking clamp with swivel pads

 A swivel locking clamp has swivel pads on the jaws This type of locking clamp has swivel pads on the end of its jaws, which allow the jaws to easily hold on to angled or tapered workpieces. This type of clamp is also available in a long-reach version.  

Welding locking clamp

 A welding locking clamp is specially designed for welding 

A welding locking clamp is specially designed for the task of holding items that are being welded, due to its heat-resistant jaws. They form a U-shape, with a gap in the centre, where two workpieces can be aligned and the weld can be made. One jaw is straight, while the other is curved, giving the clamp a lock-like grip on a workpiece during clamping. This makes it secure enough to hold an object for welding and other metalwork tasks. 


Sheet metal locking clamp 

 A sheet metal locking clamp is designed for clamping sheet metal 

A sheet metal locking clamp has flat jaws which are designed for efficiently holding on to thin sheets of metal, such as aluminium, copper or steel. The jaws have a much wider surface area than standard locking clamps, meaning they can hold the sheet metal without risk of it slipping.


It is ideal for tasks including crimping, modifying, bending or forming sheet metal. 


Chain locking clamp

 A chain locking clamp uses a metal chain to hold objects still A chain locking clamp is designed to hold irregularly shaped objects, which other types of locking clamp may not be able to hold. The chain wraps around the workpiece and locks into place on a fastener at the top end of the handle.  

Panel locking clamp 

 Panel locking clamp 

A panel locking clamp is designed to hold objects at a 90 degree angle to the tool. The bottom jaw slides forward, setting the workpiece to the desired working angle for the task in hand.


It is an ideal clamp for holding car body panels and other thin materials. 


Pinch locking clamp

 A pinch locking clamp is used for holding small circular objects A pinch locking clamp is designed to pinch the ends of tubing, acting as a temporary sealant during work applications.  

Butt welding clamp

 Butt welding clamps 

Butt welding clamps are sheet metal holders which can be used alongside other locking clamps for certain jobs. They are commonly used for welding applications, to hold two pieces of sheet metal side by side. 


For more information, see What are butt welding clamps? 

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