Tool Test: Bessey Auto-adjust Toggle Clamps

by Steve Shanesy
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From the April 2012 issue, #196

Toggle clamps are an indispensable workholding device for jigs, but they are a bit fussy to adjust to the desired height and clamp pressure. Leave it to Bessey to come up with clever innovations that give the traditional toggle clamp a big leap forward.

With these new versions, variation in thickness of the work is a non-issue. You can clamp a wide range of thicknesses, from a thin veneer to 2-3⁄4″ stock, without a single adjustment. Just lift the lever handle, change material and lower the lever. Done. A simple screw adjustment provides a clamping pressure range from 50-550 pounds per square inch, and the selected pressure does not change when the material’s thickness changes.

The horizontal clamp is available in two models with different thickness capacities. Bessey also offers an in-line or “push/pull” version. (Price: $20)

Web site: Bessey Tools
Video: See this toggle clamp in action.

From the April 2012 issue #196.
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