Updated April 16, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best C Clamps

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in October of 2016. Having a great C clamp is almost as good as having a third hand. These versatile tools can hold pieces of lumber together as you drive home nails or screws, secure hardware as glue dries, keep pipes steady for welding, or even serve as semi-permanent fastening solutions. We put the squeeze on this list's options, rating them by size, construction materials, and special attributes. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best c clamp on Amazon.

10. Harbor Freight Deep 45917

9. Wilton Spark Duty 400 Series

8. Bessey DHCC-4

7. CH Hanson 06200

6. Williams 410C

5. Great Neck Essentials

4. Shop Fox D2804

3. Irwin Vise-Grip Locking

2. Tekton 4000

1. Irwin Tools Quick-Grip

Editor's Notes

April 11, 2019:

C clamps can play an important role in a number of jobs, and are especially critical to a lot of wood- and metal-working projects. If you're looking for something simple to help you fix smaller broken items around the house, consider the Great Neck Essentials, a two-piece set that can help with a wide range of common repair tasks. The Harbor Freight and Shop Fox models are both excellent deep-throated models that, despite roughly similar shapes, will be useful at considerably different types of tasks. Anything involving sensitive materials may benefit from the aluminum Shop Fox's light weight, while carpenters looking to join wider planks of wood will really appreciate the Harbor Freight. Both Vise-Grip and CH Hanson offer excellent handheld locking options that are essentially modified locking pliers. These tend to not open as wide as a typical C clamp, but they're so quick and easy to use that they're a must-have for many craftsmen. The Bessey may come very much in handy for woodworkers or anyone with framing jobs to complete, while the Wilton and Williams are both purpose-built to accommodate welders, who generally have higher demands of C clamps than anyone else. But for cost-effectiveness and versatility, it's tough to beat the Tekton or the slightly more expensive Irwin Quick-Grip, which are both simple, as well as highly functional, and should last most users for years to come.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on April 16, 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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