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BESSEY TGJ Series 18 in. Bar Clamp with Composite Plastic Handle and 2-1/2 in. Throat Depth


TGJ Series 18 in. Bar Clamp with Composite Plastic Handle and 2-1/2 in. Throat Depth

$1794 /each
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Product Overview

Introduced in 1936, the original BESSEY malleable cast iron bar clamp was the world’s first bar clamp. Clamp with traditional wood handles are still available and quite popular however, many models are now also available with composite plastic handles as well as with tommy bar (sliding pin) handles. Many of these Clamps have also been fitted with replaceable pressure pads that are easily replaced, and allow for replacement of damaged spindles.

  • BESSEY anti-slip set screw is molded into the sliding arm and interlocks with the serrated rail to prevent slippage
  • Corrugated malleable cast iron fixed jaw and sliding arm generate powerful, rigid clamping and the top jaw is press fitted to rail with no mechanical fasteners to loosen
  • High quality profiled steel rail acts as a reliable reinforcement against torsional forces, while the serration on six faces additionally prevents the clamp from slipping
  • Hardened, smooth running spindle with acme thread means quicker clamping action
  • Comfortable composite plastic handle

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Ratings (9) (12) (3) (12)
Hand Tool Type Clamp Clamp Clamp Clamp
Jaw Width 1.0 1.0 1.25 1.5
Clamp Type Bar Bar Bar Bar
Clamping strength (lb.) 600 600 880 1320
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Assembled Depth (in.)
20.75 in
Assembled Height (in.)
1.08 in
Assembled Width (in.)
4.625 in
Jaw Width
Throat Depth


Clamp Type
Clamping strength (lb.)
Hand Tool Type
Cast Iron
Maximum Opening (in.)
Tools Product Type
Hand Tool

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Limited Lifetime

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TGJ Series 18 in. Bar Clamp with Composite Plastic Handle and 2-1/2 in. Throat Depth is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my second order for the Bessey TGJ series clamps and I love them. What most impresses me ... This is my second order for the Bessey TGJ series clamps and I love them. What most impresses me are the materials used in the construction of these clamps. The zinc finished beam feels very sturdy and has minimal flexing when under pressure. I typically buy inexpensive tools, but when I compared the quality, fit and finish of my first Bessey clamp to the HF clamps I was sold on Bessey. The composite handles are a great upgrade from the wooden handle and the serrated bar allows for quick positioning of clamp. I am definitely buying Bessey from now on.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bar Clamp A great clamp for general glue ups. Quality is excellent. Perfect face alignment with a smooth operating screw and bar for adjusting. The bar is larger than others in my shop and it doesn't bend when tightening resulting in a higher clamping force. Rubber grips and padded faces are standard on these clamps and both are really important when choosing a bar clamp. Awesome clamp and perfect for all shops.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FDine Tool I immediately put this clamp to use on a set of end tables I was building and it worked great. I wanted this size because my other clamps were longer or shorter and this was the perfect size for my project. It's sturdy and high quality; I really appreciate the composite handle which gives you a much better grip than some of my older wood handled clamps. The soft plastic covers on the clamp ends are really great; I usually have to hassle with some piece of wood or something to keep from denting the project (see photo). Also the handle is much larger than my old clamps which is great (see photo). Don't get me wrong, my old clamps are fine, but this one is just much better. You really can't do any better than this series of clamps; highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 8 In. Bar Clamp with Composite Plastic Handle and 2-1/2 In Well well, the perfect tool when you need an extra hand. Currently building 15 benches for a reading garden in town for senior outside the library. Needless to day having to hold parts of lumber to construct the base can be difficult. The Bar Clamp works perfectly to hold them together while I drill holes and bolt together. With 15 benches to do and 2 bases for each bench the clap was just what I needed. Easy to use, just slide the bar, make the final tightening with the handle and you are set. Quality of product is definitely there. Great handle with a focus on ease of use and the contact points are great; in that they reduce any indentations. I did take some extra efforts and used scrap block to prevent dents. If you need a clap then this is the one to buy.
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Clamp I love these brand of clamps. They are indispensable in my workshop. They are very easy to adjust and tighten. They really grip tight, and are always very reliable. They will also last forever. There's no improvement needed.
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An outstanding 18-in. bar clamp. As the old saying goes you can never have enough wood working clamps. I have been an amateur woodworker for more than 40 years and have inherited many of my grandfather's old and heavy pipe clamps; he was a professional finishing carpenter. So having some experience with both old and new brands of wood clamps I stand by the opinion this TGJ clamp is exceptionally well-made and heavy duty. It is now the first clamp I reach for on both mid- to large-size jobs. Well done TGJ!
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Value Clamp This is a great clamp at a great price. I have a few of these that I have used on various wood working projects and they work great. Plenty of clamping force. These lack some of the nicer features of a parallel clamp, most importantly they don't stand up on their own. However, they are also half the price of a parallel clamp. So, unless you really need those features, these are a much better deal.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these clamps - Have a wall full of them I don't think any woodworker enjoys paying for clamps but we can all agree that you can never have too many. There have been times where I've had every one of my clamps tied up, so I just keep adding to the collection every now and again. I like this style and have several sizes in my shop. I wish the depth were better, but I have a couple of options for deeper clamping to handle those situations. I built myself a wall hanger for all my clamps and let me tell you that it is a real joy to be able to grab a clamp from the rack with no slow down on the task at hand. These clamps are a standard design and I have no complaints about that design. Sure, it's hard to one-hand-it, but that's the nature. You can use a quick clamp for the initial clamping and then build these up around the quick clamp, removing it along the way. They give great clamping pressure without any difficulty. Note that Bessey makes monster versions of this clamp which are much more expensive and have much better depth.
Date published: 2015-01-12
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