There’s a new toggle clamp in town, and it’s a huge winner. I’ve been using De-Staco toggle clamps for years! And it’s been a real love/hate relationship. I’ve loved them for holding pieces securely in a jig or fixture when nothing else will work. But I’ve hated them because they’re so difficult to adjust.And De-Staco clamps must be adjusted a lot. I have to adjust them to the exact thickness of the material, otherwise the clamping pressure is too strong and I can’t lock the toggle; or the clamping pressure is too weak and the workpiece isn’t held securely in the fixture.
Bessey’s Auto-Adjust Toggle Clamp (approx $20.00) is just that—a toggle clamp that adjusts to material thickness automatically, so carpenters and woodworkers don’t have to thread out or thread in the clamp pad to the exact thickness of the material. There’s a lot of wiggle room with this toggle clamp, which makes working with fixtures and jigs much easier and much faster.
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