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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]


6 Responses to Finds: Stanley’s New FatMax Trigger Clamps

  1. Don says:

    You can never have to many clamps!

  2. Rob says:

    Can you apply as much force with these as with the others? It seems that with increased travel you would get decreased leverage on the grip handle to apply clamping force.

  3. Myself says:

    Does the faster advancing mean you can’t clamp as hard for the same grip force? Or does this work like those automatic pliers to change its leverage according to resistance against a spring?

  4. Myself says:

    Yeah, what Rob said. That’ll teach me to leave a window open for a few hours before getting back to it…

  5. Eli says:

    I think of this style clamp as more of a ‘holder’ than a clamp. The last time I tried to clamp with a quik-clamp type I broke it. I stick with spring, bar and ‘c’ clamps. How about posting a strength test on this one?

  6. Keith says:

    According to Stanley this clamp has 3-4x faster travel AND up to 50% more clamping force than equivalent clamps. It seems there is a patented mechanism inside that allows it to do both. Pretty slick.

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