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Bessey’s GearKlamp  can handle tight spaces

A turn of the handle tightens the GearKlamp. 

A turn of the handle tightens the GearKlamp. 

Bessey Tools presents the GearKlamp, a more compact solution than the classic bar clamp that’s designed for clamping applications in confined spaces and tightening up material against other work surfaces.

The GearKlamp features a patented gear mechanism that separates the spindle from the handle for greater clearance. The final clamping action is completed by turning the handle, which is uniquely positioned around the rail. Each turn of the handle transfers the clamping force to the spindle through a geared mechanism incorporated into the sliding bar.

“The handle placement is by far the biggest advantage. It allows one to work in cramped areas or up against another surface where hand clearance is limited. I don’t know of any other type of clamp that works this way and allows the clearance that this one does,” says Andrew Fera, vice president of marketing for Bessey Tools North America.

“Up until this point, getting a standard clamp tightened usually involved getting one’s hands into small spaces that leave little room for maneuvering and often leads to scrapes and/or bloody knuckles. The gear technology seems like such a simple and ingenious solution for a real-world application challenge by allowing one to clamp from outside the immediate work space.”

The GearKlamp is available in 6”, 12”, 16” and 24” lengths. Each clamp has a throat depth of 2-3/8” and a clamping force of 450 lbs., according to the company.

The clamp sells for $16 to $25, depending on length.

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This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue.

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