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Triton SuperJaws Portable Clamping System Review

These are Handy!

Triton_XXLMany tools come into my shop with high expectations of use and strength.  Not all of them meet the expectations or have the uses I once thought they would.  That is not the case with the Triton SuperJaws.  From the minute they were delivered they have been set up and in use.  This unit is similar to a vise on legs and features hands-free clamping, an elevated work station, and a very sturdy work-piece support. The foot-activated 2,200 pound clamping mechanism provides controlled clamping pressure. The clamping system is reversible to provide for a wider clamping area. The tripod base is very stable, even for long and heavy pieces.

Features

  • Powerful 2,200 pound clamping force
  • Stand alone design allows 360° access to the work
  • Urethane jaw facings provide a protective, slip-resistant grip
  • Robust, all-steel construction with powder-coated finish
  • Foot-operated clamping frees up hands for full control
  • Tripod base for all-terrain stability
  • Lock / release switch allows fast, trouble-free release of the jaws
  • Folds down for storage and transport
  • Safety lock prevents unintentional release of jaws

Versatile

Triton_Clamping_PowerI have always needed some way of supporting large objects, but would have never thought the answer would be a three leg vise.  The first time I had a close look at one was when some agriculture equipment we broke in the field was being repaired.  I watched as the service technician set up this unit and I thought there is no way he could use this in the dirt to hold up a hydraulic motor.  I was wrong.

Many of our videos have this tool in them while we are drilling, screwing or cutting various materials.  The ability to use the SuperJaws for just about anything is what really makes them shine.  If you are careful with cleanup, there is no issue moving from metal to wood and back to metal.  They also have other jaws that can be attached to hold logs and pipe.  So if you were a wood carver, this could hold your log while you work away.  These also make a great place to sit and eat lunch or take a break.

Hands Free Clamping

Triton_SJA200_frontWhile getting used to this type of clamping system and using my foot to apply pressure, I learned a few important items that I will throw out as tips.  The amount of force that is applied to the jaws is probably two to three times the amount you feel you are applying.  You can crush plywood rather easily if you just put a piece in and started to clamp down.  That caught me off guard the first time we used the SuperJaws.  We never expected them to be that powerful.

The rubber pads on each jaw are removable and should be removed and cleaned if you plan to move back and forth from wood to metal.  These pads are important for woodworking as they provide a no-mar clamping surface.  Try to keep oil and solvents off them so they do not transfer it onto wood.

Use the lock only once you have the clamps up against the material you plan to clamp.  The SuperJaws have a nice locking system that allows you to move the jaws easily by hand.  There is no need to ratchet them closed with the foot pump.  That would take a lot longer as each stroke with your foot pump equals about one inch of jaw closing.

Uniqueness

Triton_Log_JawsEvery now and then, a tool comes along that is so unique it almost creates its own new category.  Three tools come to my mind right away.  First you had the Black & Decker Workmate that came out in the 80’s I believe.  This tool was the all-around portable work surface that was so much more than just a work surface.  Even if you haven’t heard of the Workmate, I am sure if I showed a picture of it, you would know exactly what I was talking about.

Then there is the Oscillating Multi-Tool that Fein invented and now nearly everyone produces.  This tool has changed the way we complete difficult to reach cutting applications.

Triton_ModelsLast but not least it the Triton SuperJaws.  There are other models out there that are very similar.  They vary in quality and features, but there is no denying their uniqueness and usability.  This tool truly reminds me of the Black & Decker Workmate in that it allows you to do so much more than just hold wood and metal.    When you talk to people who own one of these units, you will quickly find them raving about how useful they are and that they wouldn’t be without one ever again.   This used to strike me as weird and I couldn’t imagine using one enough to make such statements.  I am now understanding why I heard so much positive talk in the past.

Overall

Triton_TableYou will continue to see the SuperJaw used in our videos because there is nothing else like it that works so well.  There are other brands that have made tribute models, some as nice and some not, but there is nothing else on the market that give the versatility of the design.  The smooth power and two handed control over the items you are clamping make this unique.  John compared it to a third hand and I would expand on that and compare it to another body in the shop.

PRICINGTriton SuperJaws Portable Clamping System SJA200

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PRICINGTriton SJA300 Super Jaws Portable Clamping System, XX-Large

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4 Responses to “Triton SuperJaws Portable Clamping System Review”

  1. Paul Frederick #

    Triton Super jaws from the annals of way too f-ing expensive. I couple saw horses and quick grips do me just fine. kthanksbye

    October 25, 2015 at 12:37 pm Reply
  2. donny carter #

    Really nice looking and handy. Thanks for the review guys!

    October 26, 2015 at 12:27 pm Reply
  3. Glenn Kaniewski #

    You must take part in a contest for top-of-the-line blogs on the web. I’ll advocate this website!

    January 14, 2017 at 11:13 am Reply
  4. Mike terstriep #

    My Superjaw got locked in the full open position, and I cannot release it. HELP

    December 14, 2017 at 7:43 pm Reply

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