Updated July 23, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 6 Best Band Clamps

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in July of 2019. A band clamp is a specialty tool used to hold components in place while they are being glued or otherwise secured together. It is often comprised of a strap of metal, plastic, or fabric that is tightened by a ratcheting mechanism, and is used in woodworking, metal working, frame building, and auto repair. Our selections will allow you to determine the best one for your needs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Rockler 58432

2. Jorgensen T24143

3. Bessey VAS23

Editor's Notes

July 18, 2019:

Band clamps can save a user time on many tasks as an alternative to setting up an assortment of bar clamps. At some tasks, it is very difficult to achieve the same quality without them. The Rockler 58432 and the Jorgensen T24143 are high-quality clamps that can exert more than enough squeeze. They both have frames that ride flat on a workpiece which allows for an even distribution of force because the strap rides out nearly parallel to the surface.

For the purposes of this list, I did not include hose clamps or banding tools even though, arguably, both are band clamps. Hose clamps will generally come as either spring-type or screw-type. Spring-type clamps are self-tightening and therefore, strictly speaking, do not fit the properties associated with band clamps because they do not have bands, and they have no adjustable tightening mechanism. Screw-type clamps do have a strap, and they function on roughly the same principles that non-hose clamps utilize. However, they are more adequately categorized as 'components' and not 'tools' because they are meant to permanently hold and seal hoses and act as a part of a machine.

Banding tools also work on almost the exact principles that other band clamps use. However, they are excluded from this list because it would be misleading to categorize them as band clamps given that they end up doing none of the clamping. They are used to tighten steel bands that are then fixed with metal buckles. So what does the holding is a steel band - the banding tool itself does not hold loads.

Band clamps can exert dangerous pressure on objects. As such, common sense and safety precautions should be observed while using them.

4. Powertec 71122

5. Pittsburgh 66220

6. Deadwood Crafted Tools Multi-Angle

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on July 23, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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