How many projects don’t require a clamp of some kind? Spring clamps are extremely helpful for quickly holding something down or together, and other clamp styles are good if you just need more pressure and don’t want the object to move — so ratcheting spring clamps bring the best of both worlds.
Basically they are a spring clamp with a ratchet action and release lever that allow you to spring open and clamp down, then push a little harder to ratchet down a few teeth and hold a great deal harder than the spring could have held by itself.
It’s not the end-all-be-all of clamps, but it looks handy to have hanging around in the spring clamp drawer. The Craftsman set pictured here runs about $20 but a Froogle search will turn them up for around $10.
Plus, we found a 3-incher from Wilton for just $6.50 on Amazon.