Types of Clamps & Their Uses [with Pictures]

Types of Clamps
Types of Clamps

Types of Clamps :- A clamp is referred to as a device which is particularly used to hold or secure any object tightly together in order to prevent the movement or separation through the application of inward pressure. The term clamp is commonly used whenever the tool is for temporary use in order to position the components during the construction or woodworking projects.

Different Types of Clamps

There are various types of clamps about which one must know along with its application. So let’s dive in to know more.

1. Hand Clamp: ( Types of Clamps )

Hand Clamps
Hand Clamp

Hand Clamps are the tools which are hand operated tools and are used to position or hold the work pieces during an assembly while undergoing any manufacturing process. The key specifications hereby include some intended applications like the clamp type or grip range along with the clamp features.

The Hand clamps are usually available in a very wide variety of styles which includes bar, draw, parallel and toggle which are used for various applications like book binding, picture framing or door making and for certain other manufacturing operations. Clamps are mostly used with laboratory glassware which are also included here as well.

2. Material Handling Clamp: ( Types of Clamps )

Material Handling Clamp
Material Handling Clamp

Material handling clamps are referred to as those clamping tools which are used to hold heavy material which are usually lifted or manipulated. The key specifications of these types of tools include some of the intended applications like load capacity and the orientation of the clamping action.

These types of clamping tools are used primarily in the construction applications for usually lifting or manipulating large loads. They types of tools are commonly found in use for lifting loads like rails, girders, pipes, etc. and are also used in factories and foundries as well.

3. Mechanical Clamp: ( Types of Clamps )

Mechanical Clamp
Mechanical Clamp

Mechanical clamps are the devices which are used to hold hoses or tubes in place on the ends of the pipe spuds. The specifications of such clamps include the type of clamp, diameter and material. These devices are also named as hose clamps which are also used wherever a flexible fluid connection needs to be made.

For instant within the water pump of an auto engine and the inlet spud of the radiator. These are made in various sizes and materials which include metal or plastic that depends upon the application which can be designed as single-use or as reusable devices.

4. Pipe Clamp: ( Types of Clamps )

Pipe Clamp
Pipe Clamp

Pipe Clamps are the mechanical devices which are used for hanging or securing pipes. The specifications of such clamps include applications like clamp type and pipe diameter. The pipe clamps are commonly used in piping and plumbing applications for the purpose of hanging various different types of pipes. These clamps can also be for the exhaust pipes, guard rails and conduits amongst all the others. It is amazing to know that there are various styles and sizes in which these devices are available including a variety of materials which depends on the type of pipe that needs to be hung.

The pipe clamp are ideally used for certain jobs which are mentioned below:

  • Woodworking
  • Welding
  • Metal working
  • Found having large opening capacity

5. C-Clamp: ( Types of Clamps )

C-Clamp
C-Clamp

These types of clamps are quite popular and is the standard go-to clamp for various jobs. The best part is that its simplicity and availability are unmatched which means that most of the clamp collection starts with few sizes of C-Clamps. With respect to the popularity of the C-Clamp there are various designs which are available for various types of job requirements.

  • Standard C-Clamps one of the most popularly known clamp
  • Double Anvil C-Clamps for distribution of even load
  • Quick Release C-Clamps for fast action
  • Copper Coated C-Clamps uses to prevent weld spatter build up
  • Deep Reach C-Clamps used for long reach

These C-clamp are ideally used for certain jobs which are mentioned below:

  • Woodworking
  • Metalworking
  • Low cost

6. Ground Clamp: ( Types of Clamps )

Ground Clamp
Ground Clamp

Ground Clamps are referred to as mechanical devices which are used for working for grounding wires, rods, pipes, antennas etc. other than these it is also used for some of the specific tasks like welding and refueling of an aircraft. The specifications of such clamps include the intended application and material. There are various types of ground clamps which are available depending on the construction of the ground wire.

7. F-Clamp: ( Types of Clamps )

F-Clamp
F-Clamp

The f-clamp are the types of mechanical devices which are designed for a wide opening capacity. These clamps are found having a slider bar which allows the opening capacity which can be easily adjusted in order to satisfy a wide range of applications. This feature of f-clamp has made it very popular clamp and this is the reason why it is used when a C-Clamp’s opening capacity is too small.

These C-clamp are ideally used for certain jobs which are mentioned below:

  • Woodworking
  • Welding
  • Metalworking
  • Found having large opening capacity

8. Quick Action Clamps: ( Types of Clamps )

Quick Action Clamps
Quick Action Clamps

Quick grip or quick action clamps are one of the most popular type of clamps which are used in today’s market. These clamps are used to tighten, using one hand by pumping the push handle. These devices are quite similar to the f-clamps wherein in the clamp opening capacity is found to be varying.

These quick action clamps are ideally used for certain jobs which are mentioned below:

  • Speeding the work
  • Single Handling
  • Woodworking

9. Locking Chain Clamps: ( Types of Clamps )

Locking Chain Clamps
Locking Chain Clamps

The locking chain clamp are the mechanical devices which are used for applying a clamp load in tight spaces or around a pipe or near any other surface. The chain is used to clamp a variety of shapes as wraps around the object in order to apply pressure whenever the chain is tightened.

These locking chain clamps are ideally used for certain jobs which are mentioned below:

  • Metalworking
  • Speeding the work
  • One handed
  • Varying shapes

10. Sheet Metal Clamps: ( Types of Clamps )

Sheet Metal Clamps
Sheet Metal Clamps

Sheet metal clamps are the clamps which are quite similar to locking clamps. The only difference is that they have a large surface area at the clamp jaws which is responsible for making them ideal for clamping sheet metal and similar materials.

Ideal for:

  • Sheet metal
  • Metalworking
  • Speeding the work
  • One handed

11. Kant-Twist Clamp: ( Types of Clamps )

Kant-Twist Clamps
Kant-Twist Clamps

Kant- twist clamps are favorite clamps of many machine shops and welders as it delivers load by the help of using two parallel jaws and by preventing the jaws from walking. The position of the handle is kept perpendicular with respect to the clamp load which also prevents the clamp from twisting while it is being tightened.

These Kant-twist clamps are ideally used for certain jobs which are mentioned below:

  • Welding
  • Metalworking
  • Machining
  • Woodworking

12. Wood Hand Screw Clamps: ( Types of Clamps )

Wood Hand Screw Clamps
Wood Hand Screw Clamps

The wood hand screw clamps are one of the most traditional woodworking clamps which have the jaws pivot that allows the clamp at varying angles.

These Wood hand screw clamps are ideally used for certain jobs which are mentioned below:

  • Woodworking

13. Spring Clamps: ( Types of Clamps )

Spring Clamps
Spring Clamps

Spring clamps are one of the fastest and most affordable mechanical devices. Whereas, they are the ones which deliver the little clamp load and have a very limited opening capacity. This is responsible for making them most ideal for holding down a tarp or preventing movement in one axis that isn’t receiving any load.

The spring clamps are used where:

  • Woodworking is done
  • For speeding the work
  • Affordable

14. Sash Clamps: ( Types of Clamps )

Sash Clamps
Sash Clamps

Sash clamps are the mechanical devices which are quite similar to the parallel clamps. Sash clamps are used for some of the following jobs:

  • Woodworking
  • Large Assemblies

15. Bench Clamps: ( Types of Clamps )

Bench Clamps
Bench Clamps

Bench clamps are those which are used to screw down onto the work tables. These types of clamps allows for quick clamping of an assembly and are ideal for use with a wood table through the use of attachment accessories.

Bench clamps are used for some of these below mentioned jobs:

  • Assembling
  • Woodworking
  • Welding

16. Miter Clamps: ( Types of Clamps )

Miter Clamps
Miter Clamps

The miter clamp are referred to as those which is ideal for connecting corners together for the assemblies.

Milter clamps are Ideal for some of the below mentioned jobs:

  • Woodworking
  • Assemblies

17. Picture Frame Clamps: ( Types of Clamps )

Picture Frame Clamps
Picture Frame Clamps

The picture frame clamps are the mechanical devices which are ideal for clamping together the rectangular assemblies like the picture frames, table supports, window frames etc.

Picture frame clamps are Ideal for some of the below mentioned jobs:

  • Woodworking
  • Assemblies

18. Edge Clamps: ( Types of Clamps )

Edge Clamps
Edge Clamps

The edge clamp are referred to as those which can control its position in two axes using the three separate screws. This makes the clamp ideal for holding down parts of butt-weld or for gluing an assembly.

Edge clamps are Ideal for some of the below mentioned jobs:

  • Welding
  • Woodworking   

19. Cabinetry Clamps: ( Types of Clamps )

Cabinetry Clamps
Cabinetry Clamps

The cabinetry clamp are referred to as those aligns which have two adjacent cabinets so that the face frames are flushed in order to allow you to screw them together which are achieved by applying the clamp load in two axes.

Cabinetry clamps are Ideal for some of the below mentioned jobs:

  • Woodworking

20. Table Clamps: ( Types of Clamps )

Table Clamps
Table Clamps

The table clamp is most commonly used with an accompanying welding table which is used for welding assemblies, allowing single handed clamping with speed.

Table clamps are Ideal for some of the below mentioned jobs:

  • Welding Assemblies

21. Web Clamps

Web Clamps
Web Clamps

Web clamps are one of the best clamps which are suitable for awkward shapes. These corners are used in order to lock the bands that apply load to the assembly. These clamps are mostly used for woodworking of furniture.

Web clamps are Ideal for some of the below mentioned jobs:

  • Woodworking 
  • Transportation hold downs

22. Beam Clamps

Beam Clamps
Beam Clamps

Beam clamps are the mechanical devices which are used for lifting the steel beams and plates. The main purpose for which it is popular is lifting.

23. Scissor Clamps

Scissor Clamps
Scissor Clamps

The scissor clamps are the devices which are quite similar to the lifting clamp. This clamp is the one which exploits the weight which is being lifted in order to apply the clamping load.  The clamp also provides rough clamping jaws which helps in better digging into the part in which it is lifting and improves the grip.  The main purpose for which it is popular is lifting.

24. Vertical Plate Lifting Clamp

Vertical plate lifting clamp employs the rotating teeth which uses the weight of those which are being lifted in order to apply an increased load and to prevent the plate from slipping.

The main purpose for which it is popular is lifting

25. Pneumatic Power Clamps

Pneumatic Power Clamps
Pneumatic Power Clamps

Pneumatic power clamps are the mechanical devices which uses the compressed air in order to apply a clamping load. These are the clamps which are used for the production runs and the machinery.

Pneumatic power clamps are preferred due to below mentioned reasons:

  • It has large production capacity
  • It has high speed

26. Hydraulic Clamps

Hydraulic Clamps
Hydraulic Clamps

Hydraulic clamps are known to be quite similar to pneumatic clamps, other than its use for hydraulic power or pressurized liquid in order to apply a clamping load.

27. Hose Clamps

Hose Clamps
Hose Clamps

Hose clamps are referred to as those mechanical devices which are used to seal a hose onto a fitting. These types of clamps are popular for irrigation or automobile hoses.

Hose clamps are Ideal for some of the below mentioned jobs:

  • Pipe fittings

28. Dimide Clamp

Dimide Clamp
Dimide Clamp

The Dimide Clamp is a mechanical device which is a heavy-duty metalworking & welding clamp and is a specialized device used for combining the speed and power through the impact of a wrench. These are the devices which are designed for the high torque loads and is applied by an impact wrench. The dimide clamp is quite reliable clamp which is found to be perfect for squeezing the parts together by preventing the slippage of parts and by removing the bottleneck of the clamp from a production line and various more.

The Dimide clamp is also found having both removable T-handle and a hex head which allows the clamp to adjust easily while fitting in tighter gaps and also for using a large variety of drivers which include ratchets, impact wrenches, torque wrenches, breaker bars and many more. Dimide clamps are preferred and used due to below mentioned reasons:

  • High load
  • Fast action
  • Used for Welding
  • Used for Metalworking
  • Used for Machining

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