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Bessey VAS23 Vario Angle Strap Clamp

4.5 out of 5 stars 277 customer reviews
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  • Make difficult frame and furniture clamping easy with the Bessey® Band spanner high-torque clamping system
  • This product is easy to use easy to install and highly durable
  • A retractable 7-meter polyester tensioning band offers exceptional clamping power
  • Reciprocal gears
  • Woven polyester strap
  • High-tensile strength
  • Swiveling pressure plates
  • 23-foot capacity
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Product Description

Product Description

Make Difficult Frame And Furniture Clamping Easy With The Bessey; Band spanner High-Torque Clamping System. This Self-Contained System Combines Four Angle-Adjustable Corner Brackets With A Powerful Worm Tensioner, For Precise Pressure On Square, Rectangular, Circular And Multi-Angled Objects. A Retractable 7-Meter Polyester Tensioning Band Offers Exceptional Clamping Power.

From the Manufacturer

This angle strap clamp, with its various angles and swiveling pressure plates, provides infinite angle adaptability and continuous high pressure on all mitered corners and tightens automatically as it clamps. The specially woven polyester strap guarantees high-tensile strength (up to 1,100-pounds) with almost no stretch. The strap also features reciprocal gears, is easy to fix at any position, and has a clamping capacity of 23-feet. The set includes one clamp and four angle plates.

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Technical Details

Part Number VAS23
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Product Dimensions 2.8 x 8.5 x 11 inches
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Item model number VAS23
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

Additional Information

ASIN B0000224B3
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4.5 out of 5 stars 277 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #44,255 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#8 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Clamps > Strap Clamps
#3,216 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available November 8, 1999

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By R. J. Lechner on December 22, 2004
DEC 2004 ENTRY: I can't believe how nice this stap clamp from Bessey is. Because it's designed so well, the product worked easily right out of the box ... no instructions needed. Two things make this device work well: 1. corner/angle plates and 2. the tensioner. First the angle plates have unique swivel pads so they fit up to the frame and provide even pressure without damaging the frame. Second, the tensioner is so easy to use, yet extremely powerful - can really ratchet down on the frame to close up the not so perfect miter joints. DEC 2005 UPDATE: I'd give this clamp a 6 if I could. This is the only clamp that's designed to clamp more than 4 corners/sides. I was able to so successfully glue an 8-sided octagon frame together. To my amazement, all the joints were perfect when I took the clamp off the next day [see my picture of a in-laid granite lazy-susan]. I really love this clamp. Does what a million other corner clamps can't ... turn out perfect frames every time. I was so impressed with the value of this clamp that I bought my brother one. Again see my posted picture - notice the seamless joints.
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I paused for a moment before choosing a five-star rating for this strap clamp, but I really can't fault it in any way.

I've used it to clamp picture frames, so far both a small frame made from one-inch square stock and some 26 by 36 inch frames made from 1-1/2 by 2 inch oak. In each case the strap clamp worked very well. I was concerned that it might not exert enough clamping force on the large frames, but it did, and the glue joints came out tight and solid.

I always read the negative reviews of any product. After using this one, I really cannot corroborate some of the problems people are having. Some are simple misunderstandings, such as using the retractor crank to try to tension the strap. Some are failures to think through the product's potential, such as whether a flexible strap should be capable of balancing on an extremely narrow edge. But used within the envelope of reasonable expectations, I don't see how someone can criticize the clamp when it is used properly. In summary, I think a number of reviews are more about operator error. That's not to criticize the reviewers, but to clarify the notion of the product.

In that light, I'll share my procedure for gluing up frames. It minimizes the fumbling around with the strap. Begin by laying out your frame molding dry. Extend the clamp strap around the frame and slide the plastic corner pieces into place as you gradually shorten the strap to a fairly close fit, using the crank--but leave a little room. Get all your clamp parts "in the neighborhood." Now, if necessary, loosen the strap slightly, then remove one molding and apply the glue. Replace it, then glue up the other pieces, replacing them in turn. Fit them gently together, aligning the joints.
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This clamp has come to my rescue several times when building boxes, bookshelves, or anything where I need even pressure all around an object. The mechanism for tightening the clamp tightens very well -- first you turn a gear to get the straps snug, then you turn a thumbscrew to firm it up all the way. The corner braces are great when you are tightening a box and you want to make sure the corners don't get damaged. Yes, even though it is a vinyl strap, the clamp can still make indentations in the wood if you tighten it enough.
I gave the clamp 4 stars instead of 5 only because the gear mechanism is a little awkward to use. I emphasize that it is a minor problem. Sometimes, when you are trying to turn the gear, the clamp feels a little off-balance. But once it's tight, and you turn the thumbscrew, it's fine. With better positioning of the gear, these clamps would get 5 stars, no doubt.
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This is a nice strap clamp kit. The key is the adjusting system. At first I thought, why not just use a strapping tie down assembly available at the local home center, at a third of the price. After all, it is a nylon web strap and it has a tightening and releasing system. The problem is that it gives you tighteness in a racheting fashion. So you are either at one click or the next one. No fine adjustment. Additionally, without the corner braces that comes with the Vario kit, you would be catching the corners, and creating a less than equal pressure.
All told this Bessey kit is a very nice unit, and does a good job. For the money it would be hard to beat. Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on June 9, 2004
If you have ever struggled with clamping frames or boxes together, you will love this clamp. The adjustable angle corner brackets are easy to place in the desired location and when pressure is applied, it is applied evenly on all the brackets. Speaking of pressure, this clamp can apply alot of it, I mean tight, without slipping at all. The wheel next to handle is ideal because it stores any extra band not in use. The band is made of what appears to be polyester, but it definately has my confidence that it will not tear or break. Of all my clamps in the shop, this is one of my favorites. It just plain works well and turns what used to be a hard job into and easy one.
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