I’ve had my Bessey Kliklamps (link is for the 12 inch model current on sale for $19.99) for about 4 months now. I have the 8 inch model and I really like them. They’re available for $14.99 at retail, but full disclosure; I received 4 of them for free from Bessey. They sent them for me to review on my YouTube channel. The only condition was that it had to be an honest review. I believe that I hit that target when I did the review (video down below), but I had only used them for a few days at the time of the review. Now that I’ve been using them for 4 months, it felt appropriate to write something a little more in-depth.
I use them pretty much every time I’m in the shop, as there’s always a reason to clamp something up. Either to clamp a workpiece securely to my workbench or to clamp for a small glue-up.
What I like most about the Bessey Kliklamp is that it has almost the same ease of operation as my Irwin Quick Clamps, except that it has significantly higher clamping force. I also really enjoy the satisfactory ratcheting sound as I pull the lever that activates the clamping mechanism. The only downside for me is that it is a two handed operation, but as I mentioned in my video review, that may be an unfair expectation.
These clamps really are the bridge between the traditional f-style clamp and the modern squeeze clamp. What they lack in clamping force (although still substantial at 280 lbs), they make up for with ease of use.
So the big question that I ask myself is; if Bessey hadn’t sent them to me for free, would I have bought these clamps? The answer is yes. As I continue to build out my clamp collection, it’s imperative to have a good mix. These clamps are for quick applications where ease of use trumps clamping force, and that’s where I use them.
Bottom line, get them. You won’t regret it.