What Is a Vertical Toggle Clamp?

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If you’re looking for a workholding solution, you may want to choose a vertical toggle clamp. This clamp will secure your workpiece into place so that you can perform tasks like drilling, cutting or sanding. All toggle clamps are workholding solutions that, as the name suggests, are designed to clamp down onto workpieces. Vertical toggle clamps, however, feature a vertical and upright design that distinguishes them from the rest.

Overview of Vertical Toggle Clamps

Vertical toggle clamps feature a vertical handle and are commonly used to secure materials around machinery. As shown in the adjacent photo, the handle also has an ergonomic red sleeve over the top of it that allows for improved gripping. Other toggle clamps have a similar red sleeve over their respective handle for the same purpose, but their handles are oriented in different directions compared to vertical clamps.

How Vertical Toggle Clamps Work

Vertical toggle clamps are very easy to use. The red-colored handle has two positions: down and up. The down position releases the clamping force, whereas the up position applies the clamping force. After positioning the workpiece under a vertical toggle clamp, simply pull up on the handle to secure the workpiece in place, and begin working.

Pulling the handle from the up position to the down position will release the clamping force. The vertical toggle clamp will no longer hold the workpiece. You can then remove or reposition the workpiece.

How They Differ From Horizontal Toggle Clamps

In addition to vertical toggle clamps, there are horizontal toggle clamps. Horizontal toggle clamps are used for the same purpose of securing workpieces in place as their vertical counterparts. The only difference lies in the orientation of their handle.

Vertical toggle clamps have a vertical and upright handle when the clamping force is applied. Horizontal toggle clamps, on the other hand, have a horizontal and flat handle when the clamping force is applied. These are more commonly used when there are height limitations on machinery. Aside from that minor difference, they are pretty much the same.

What Is Holding Force?

Whether you choose a vertical or horizontal toggle clamp, you should make sure to consider the holding force needed from your clamp. Both types of toggle clamps have a holding force that represents the amount of force that the clamp can withstand after being closed. A high holding force indicates a stronger clamping mechanism. A low holding force, in comparison, indicates a weaker clamping mechanism. Both holding forces are beneficial, but you will need to consider which one will best suit your applications.

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