Originally Posted by Cherryville Chuck View Post
There are many more clamps than the original 5 listed. The first photo shows some plastic ones that are similar to vise grips. They are also used one handed like the pistol grip type but sometimes I find the pistol grip style awkward to squeeze. These have a much more limited range but they are often more ergonomic to use.
Also an important one that is missing is the aluminum beam clamp made from an aluminum tube. These are great in lengths of 36" and up. I've seen 72" but mine is a 60". At that length pipe or bar clamps start getting pretty heavy. The aluminum clamps can be managed one handed which gives you a chance to get your parts held together so that you can get some heavier clamps in place using both hands.
There are some small plastic screw clamps in the photo made by DeStaco. I got these on sale from LV once. They see limited use but once in a while they fit the jog well. One good thing about them is that the tips don't bind if you have the clamp on a little crooked.
Then of course are all the myriad of DeStaco toggle clamps or someone elses version of them. Some push out, some down, some pull. Virtually anything you could need one for they make.
I forgot to add in the first photo a Bessey Clipix. The jaws on these will slide up and down to fit your thickness but stay put once pressure is on. They are spring loaded like spring clamps. They come with one or two moveable jaws. I can't remember how much they were but Besseys are never at the cheap end but you do get a quality tool from them.
One other I forgot about and didn't take a picture of is strap clamps mike the tie down ratchet straps (which also work). Great for pulling chair rungs together.
There are still others. I know luthiers use a cam type clamp. If anyone has those please post a picture.
The old adage, "...you can never have enough clamps", is true to a certain extent. The problem is, that, there are so many different types of clamps, intended for specific purposes, that it is virtually impossible to have the "best" clamp at all times. I think, that, the average hobbies has a basic variety of clamps like those originally listed. However, there are many more useful types that the average person just doesn't have. Some are better for the intended purpose, but if you don't have them you make do. It doesn't mean that the job doesn't get done properly.
As I stated, earlier, I don't use "C" clamps except on rare occasions. I've had bad experiences with them in the past (mostly due to my own fault(s)) and I prefer
not to use them. I find other ways to do the job. Doesn't mean, that, they aren't useful.
Chuck is right, the list is only the start. I'm sure that all of us have at least one band clamp (and ratchet straps...very useful..), a variety of spring clamps, etc. in the shop. Do we use them on a regular basis, probably not, but I wouldn't be without some of them.