These are good clamps with nice features, but a few quirks that keep them from being great.…
The soft, rubber-overmold, pistol-grip handle and trigger feel very comfortable to squeeze and release compared to the hard plastic surfaces of most other one-handed bar clamps. They demonstrated the third-highest clamping force (just short of 200 lbs) among 11 clamps in our test—more than enough for the jobs this type of clamp should be doing. They disassemble easily to convert to spreader mode, or when you want to couple two clamps together with the ingenious jigsaw-puzzle-like connectors to make a longer clamp. And we like the new slide-up-and-down releases on the fixed jaws; the earlier generation had a thumb-bolt that kept coming loose and/or breaking. The waffle-faced jaws easily leave impressions on softwoods such as pine or cedar, and even some hardwoods when clamped to maximum strength.
Ease of Use
out of 5