ROCKLIN, Calif. — The Clecall Company has introduced a new cleco plier.
The traditional cleco plier has remained largely unchanged for over almost 80 years, company officials note. Whether you walk into a hangar or a garage, if there is a project involving sheet metal, plastic, and even fiberglass, it’s very likely you will find a cleco plier and an empty milk bottle filled with clecos close by.
A simple tool, the traditional plier is made from steel. It is heavy, lacks ergonomics to fit the user’s hands and wrists,and has never spring loaded to assist movement of the handles, and it has a large horizontal footprint when working in tight spaces.
The Clecall cleco pliers are named after their purpose, “cleco all,” company officials noted.
The pliers, which are made in the USA, are:
- 70% lighter than normal cleco pliers
- Vertical profile installs clecos in tight areas with ease
- Reduce fatigue and wrist pain
- Install clecos on upside down surfaces
Clecall Company President Christopher Braun developed the new tool while building his own homebuilt aircraft project, a Zenith 750 STOL, in his garage.
“The builders and mechanics that we have spoken to are very excited about the feel of the new cleco plier and the speed in which it can be used on projects,” he said.
Braun noted he started experiencing hand and wrist pain within weeks of starting his own project. He was told by fellow builders that this was just the way of the world when working with large quantities of clecos.
Working day after day, he began to worry that the numbness and wrist pain might develop into something more serious and long-standing, like carpal tunnel syndrome. So, one day, in 2012, he held his hand out like a handshake, and said, “How can I get my natural hand and wrist angle to activate a cleco?”
After creating various cardboard and aluminum designs, he had a working prototype created from the new plastic printing technology. This evolved into the aluminum prototype of the product, which is now for sale for $36.95.
For more information: Clecall.com