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New soft tip clamping lever range launched

29th July 2021

WDS Components has launched a range of soft tip clamping levers, designed for clamping without causing damage or marking. The levers are ideal for clamping tubing or sheet metal on applications such as jigs and machinery, as well as office equipment stands and camera tripods. Nylon or brass tips provide a secure, mark-free clamp and the L or T shaped levers enable clamping in confined spaces when the handle cannot make a complete rotation.

Clamping levers and indexing clamping levers have long been a staple part of the WDS range. Now, new soft-tip versions enable clamping when marking isn’t desirable, whether to minimise wear that could impact operational longevity, or for cosmetic appearance. Nylon tips provide the softest clamping tip but are slightly faster wearing, while the brass tips are longer lasting but slightly harder. The choice of tip depends on the combination of materials being used and WDS’ customer service team can advise on the optimum combination.

Designed by WDS, the functional advantage of the locking mechanism is that the handle can be lifted and spins freely to move to the operator’s choice of position, enabling tightening similar to how a ratchet is operated. The advantage is that space requirement can be minimised, or obstructions can be removed, whether tightening a clamp on a machine or a desk.

With the L shaped clamping handle for example, if the operator is closing the mechanism but an obstruction such as a wall prevents further tightening, the handle can be lifted and moved back 180° in order to continue tightening. The T handle levers operates in the same way and while not offering the same level of free movement, it enables fine adjustment with a two-sided grip option. Both handles offer 24 indexing positions.

For L handles, coded WDS 8244, sizes include M5 to M10 with thread lengths ranging from 10mm to 45mm. The handles are made from a robust, yet lightweight zinc die cast construction, with a black oxide coated alloy steel screw to help prevent corrosion, as well as a stainless steel spring. The L handles are available in a pure orange, jet black and light grey.

T handles, coded WDS 8242, are based on thread sizes that also include M5 to M10, and thread lengths this time range from 14mm to 45mm. Constructed from the same materials, the T handles are available in pure orange and black grey.

The clamping handles are available in stock across all sizes and options and can be despatched UK and worldwide on a same day basis. WDS’ large stock availability also means that prices are very competitive and additional handle options are also available, including full 316 stainless steel, various colours and styles, and sizes including inch-size threads. The full range can be located on


Image 1: Pic1. Soft Tip Clamping Levers

Image 2: Pic2. Black Steel Set Screw with Nylon Tip

Image 3: Pic3. Black Steel Set Screw with Brass Tip

Image 4: Pic4. & Pic5. Clamping Lever: Suitable for clamping without causing damage or marking.

Image 5: Pic4. & Pic5. Clamping Lever: Suitable for clamping without causing damage or marking.

About WDS Components Ltd

WDS Components is the home of standard parts and machine accessories. Established in 1952 ‘Woodside Die Sinking Company’ made jig and die parts to speed up production in tool rooms, WDS Components has grown from humble beginnings to become a leading European manufacturer and global distributor of high quality durable parts at competitive prices. We supply components, standard parts and machine accessories to original equipment manufacturers, maintenance engineers, small businesses and individuals all over the world. Over 98% of our range is available from stock and can be shipped the same day from our global distribution centre in the UK, using best in class worldwide logistics companies.We provide unrivalled choice and unequalled availability.

WDS Components are proud to support some of the most prestigious engineering companies and brands in the world, who all trust WDS Components to service their needs.

We are committed to engineering excellence and continuous improvement. Our team of in-house engineers has expertise spanning several decades and is a blend of highly experienced and new generation graduate engineers who focus on the latest developments in design and manufacturing technology.

Our entire range of products is available to purchase on our website WDS COMPONENTS.COM where designers and manufacturers alike can download 3D models of all components in the widest range of formats available.

WDS Components provide solutions for customers who require a wide and growing range of high quality, competitively priced products, coupled with incredible product availability and same day despatch, backed up by easily accessible technical support.

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