Rockler Bandy Clamps – Spring Clamps That Don’t Suck!

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases (more).

Spring clamps. I have a love/hate relationship with them. For years and years, I only bought the old school metal spring clamps for a few specific uses around the shop. Inevitably, the little rubber boots crack, and end up falling off. If they were in a jobsite toolbox in the van, they get rusty and the rubber gets brittle even faster from the change in temperature. So, like most folks I moved to the plastic or nylon jobees, which also tend to crack and lose their pads over time. But spring clamps are so handy! What to do? When I received the Rockler Bandy Clamps for review, I took them out of the box and immediately thought… “Hey, these look like they actually might not suck!”

Cheap clamps suck. BAD. Bandy clamps DO NOT.
Cheap clamps suck. BAD. Rockler Bandy Clamps DO NOT.

UNDERSTATEMENT. These spring clamps are WAY beyond any of this type of clamp you have used before, and that is before I get to the special added feature of these clamps. These puppies have all of the features of the higher quality spring clamps on the market. Soft rubber grips, high impact plastic, no-mar jaws, strong spring etc… but there is a new feature included in these for about the same price as other high quality clampd. They feature a nifty inner rubber band that makes them the perfect tool for gluing on solid wood edging when you are doing woodwork or cabinetry.

Even uneven profiles are no problem.
Even uneven profiles are no problem for the Bandy Clamp.

The Rockler website describes it best:

The Bandy Clamp combines the easy one-handed operation of a spring clamp with the even pressure and no-mar qualities of a super-tough rubber band. Just open the clamp and stretch the band over your edging material—the deeper you set it, the tighter the pressure. Once the Bandy Clamp is in place, its jumbo ultra-grippy clamp pads simply will not slip, allowing all the clamping force to be transferred into the material. Since every contact point is a no-mar surface. the clamp is ideal for delicate moldings, even from soft materials like white pine. What’s more, the clamp works great for keeping power cables, extension cords and pneumatic lines out of your way as you work. You’ll find countless uses for it around the house as well as the shop!

A pair of these babies will benefit any shop where edging is done.
A pair of these babies will benefit any shop where edging is done.

Now, I will not argue with Rockler at all about the performance of these clamps as edging clamps. They beat the heck out of those annoying 3-way c-clamps or using bungees or rubber bands. But using them for managing cords and hoses? Sure they will work if they are handy, but they are a little pricey for that. The two-dollar CCC (Cheap Chinese Crap) clamps are fine for holding cords out of the way. These are edging clamps, and damn fine ones. If you build cabinets, buy as many as you can afford. They will change your life! If you are not a cabinet maker, a half a dozen or less will serve you well (you save 17% if you buy 3 pair). My point is, I wouldn’t pay the premium price for these if you aren’t using the edge clamp feature regularly, but if you are, they are a bargain!

Grab yourself a pair (or two or three) of Rockler Bandy Clamps at around $17-$20 per pair:

Buy Now - via Rockler

Photo of author

About Rich

Rich Dana loves to build things, to tinker on things, and to grow things. After more than a decade as a historic building remodeler in Brooklyn, New York, he and his wife Ericka moved to their back-to-the-land dream home (and fixer-uper nightmare), an 1870s farmhouse on 15 acres in eastern Iowa that they call “Catnip Farm.” For the last 18 years, Rich has specialized in super-efficient historical renovations and solar PV installation. He is working to convert much of the farm into perennial food crops like nut trees and berries, and he helps Ericka out with her heirloom seed project. His latest passion is learning to sew.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get access to free prizes, product sneak-peeks, reviews, how-to's and much more!

More Info | Email Privacy

1 thought on “Rockler Bandy Clamps – Spring Clamps That Don’t Suck!”

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.