Don’t let looks fool you — all trigger clamps aren’t created equal. A couple of features make these new clamps from Stanley really stand out: The jaws move three times faster on each squeeze of the handle, and you can position the smaller jaw anywhere along the bar so you don’t end up with the bar sticking up in your face when you’re working.
You can also install the small jaw “backwards,” converting the clamp to a spreader — no tools required.
It’s hard to convey how handy it is to be able to close the jaws from with open to completely closed with just a few squeezes. When you squeeze the trigger of a normal trigger clamp, the jaws move a millimeter or so closer. On the FatMax, they move an inch or more closer. It’s a big time saver, as you’re usually stuck holding a bunch of stuff together while you try and get the clamp closed on it.
We tried one of these out in the shop a while back and were truly impressed with it. If you get a chance, check one out in person.
It’s available in 6″, 12″, 18″, 24″, 30″, and 36″ configurations. We saw these released on the Stanley website, but we haven’t found them onsale online yet. We’d be willing to bet that they’ll appear in the big-boxes first, so we’ll keep an eye out for them there. So, we don’t have a price for you yet.
FatMax Trigger Clamp [Stanley]