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Parallel Jaw Clamps Are the Essential Tools of Every Woodshop

The parallel jaw clamp is the key equipment of a woodshop. It does not serve just for gluing workpieces – there is much more it can do.

Parallel Jaw Clamps

As the name suggests, the clamp’s main purpose is pressing glued workpieces together, yet there are other uses for it – for instance it comes in handy when gluing battenboard panels. Compared to the regular clamps, it possesses several advantages, mainly the extra large clamping surfaces, which remain parallel even under pressure - a characteristic feature of this clamp. Furthermore, the IGM Parallel Jaw Clamps have a swivelling handle which makes it possible to apply maximum pressure.


Let’s take a look at some of the differences and advantages the parallel jaw clamps have compared to regular or bar clamps.

Secure Clamping Force up to 800 kg

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The IGM Heavy Duty Parallel Jaw clamps are fitted with a swivelling handle which is very easy to manipulate and allows a higher clamping force.

Extra Large Clamping Surface

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One of the advantages of the extra large clamping surface is eleminating the damage to the surfaces of the clamped material. That is very convenient, especially when clamping softer woods like spruce.

Parallel Jaws Even Under Pressure

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The rail bar made of cold drawn steel together with cast iron arms maintains a 90° angle even under heavy pressure.

Easily Convertible into a Spreader With No Tools Required

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With no tools needed, you can easily remove the safety lock, slide the arm from the rail, and then back on in reverse. It’s as simple as that.

Non-slip Guiding Mechanism

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The sliding head is equipped with a sophisticated system which prevents it from slipping while clamping or spreading.

Steel Rail Bars

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Rail bars made of high-grade cold drawn steel and with special profiling prevent bending while clamping large workpieces.

Workpiece Supports

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The supports attached to the rail bar can be moved and their purpose is to prevent the rail from coming in contact with the surface of the workpiece.

Removable Pressure Caps

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The three removable pressure caps have a non-adhesive surface which is repellent to glue, paint and solvents.

Easy Manipulation on a Workbench

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The rectangular shape of the arms and the workpiece supports on the rail provide good stability when using the clamp on a workbench.


The parallel jaw clamp is indeed a versatile multi-purpose tool. It mainly serves for pressing glued workpieces together, but you can use it also for gluing battenboard panels, frames, as well as chairs and tables. The spreading option is very practical for instance when installing a door jamb.

Practial Use of the Heavy Duty Parallel Jaw Clamp

Pressing Workpieces Together

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Gluing Battenboard Panels

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It is very useful for making a battenboard panel.

Pressing Glued Frames Together

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More complex constructions - Gluing Chairs, Tables...

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IGM Heavy Duty Parallel Jaw Clamps

  • 95 mm cast iron arms
  • Max pressure of 800 kg
  • Three sizes - 600 mm, 1000 mm and 1500 mm

IGM Parallel Jaw Clamps

  • 80 mm cast iron arms
  • Max pressure of 180 kg
  • Two sizes - 300 mm and 600 mm
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