Let’s face it. When we really need to clamp something and know that it’ll stay tight, we don’t reach for the Irwin Quick-Grip. That’s because as handy as they are, they’re unreliable and the clamping strength tends to fade fairly dramatically over just a few hours. Consider that problem solved because today we’re looking at the JackClamp. Built by a small company in Bozeman, Montana, the JackClamp is a brilliant tool and it’s now my go-to clamp. It’s engineered perfectly and with all your pain points with grip-clamps in mind. Now, because someone will invariably notice, yes, the JackClamp is built in the same town I call home.
Whether the JackClamp was built in Bozeman or in Bangor, Maine, I’d be writing a review of it. Why? The JackClamp is, without any hometown pride factoring into this statement, the best clamp on the market today. No qualifiers needed in that statement. It’s the best. Period. Here’s proof: I apply a healthy degree of skepticism to any product that claims to be “multi-use,” as do most people. We’ve become accustomed to any product that claims to have multiple uses to not be very good at any of them. The JackClamp just changed that though. It’s not just good, it’s great. At everything it claims to do.
- It jacks things up and even has little built in levels to get things approximately level if needed.
- It can spread gaps as small as ¼” which I sure could have used when working on my deck last summer.
- Using the spreader attachments, it can clamp things as wide as 36”.
- It can hold odd shapes (even round shapes) securely with the v-jaws.
- It’s just a damn good clamp.
I like to build things and I like products that make it easier to do that. Products that solve a pain point are those that are bound to be successful in the long term. The JackClamp solves several and it does them all well. The difference in quality is evident as soon as you pick it up. This thing is heavy. Hold it in one hand and the Irwin QuickGrip in the other and you’ll choose the JackClamp every time. It’s just solid and well put together. There is one area that the JackClamp does slightly less well than everything else and that’s the stand. It’s not quite as solid and sturdy as I expected, given the rest of the tool. It’s totally adequate and does what it needs to but if there was one thing I’d improve, that would be it. In fact, there really is only one thing I’d improve.
They thought of everything when engineering the JackClamp, it seems. I’m really blown away that a small upstart company from Montana has managed to create such a flawless product. The evidence of pride in workmanship is evident throughout the JackClamp – from the clamping strength to the infallible braking system. From the parallel bars that create so much more utility to the attachment that bring the whole package to the next level, the JackClamp is a must have product. I don’t say that something’s the best lightly or often. When you’re looking for a clamp though, put the QuickGrip down and pick up the JackClamp.
My only real gripe? There’s no built-in bottle opener. Hint, hint, hint. We chatted with Lowell Thomas, the President of the still fledgling company. He was not only happy to talk to us but excited to discuss the virtues of the tool. If you’re thinking of buying this tool (and you really should be), click below. You’ll get free shipping within the USA.