Jubilee Hose Clips and Clamps Guide
Jubilee Clips and Clamps
While Jubilee is a brand name, over the years it has become synonymous with hose clips and band clamps. And even though there are many manufacturers these days that produce reliable and durable bands, the name Jubilee clips and clamps is still commonly used.
Also called hose locks, Jubilee hose clamps or clips (the names are often used interchangeably) are usually used to attach tubing or hose pipe to a fixture, such as a spigot, barb, nipple or tap (basically any outlet that allows the flow of liquid or air through a hose once clamped). Hose clips typically come in the form of a steel, brass or nylon circular band with an external tightening mechanism. Often designed as a screw fitting, they often feature a worm gear for tightening (hence the name worm drive clamps).
How Do Hose Clamps Work?
Hose clamps are usually placed on the outside of a hose where it overlaps the outlet. The clamp can then be tightened using a hex key or a screwdriver until it creates a seal at the point where the hose and spigot meet. This, in turn, reduces the risk that the hose will leak or detach due to high water or air pressure.
Some hose clamps, such as wire clamps, ear clamps and spring clamps, feature different locking mechanisms. O-clips, which are generally the most affordable type of hose clamps, do not come with any locking mechanism and need to be pinched or crimped to tighten. Most hose clamps come with straightforward installation instructions.
What are Hose Clips Used for?
Hose clips or clamps are usually used to secure tubing around an outlet. They are also sometimes used as a crimp fitting to regulate water or air pressure in various settings and situations including automotive engine assembly. Since hose clips are typically extremely durable, they are also often used to secure ducting and wiring to walls and ceilings.
Hose Clip Specifications
Normally found on the packaging, hose clip specifications usually cover clip type and model, as well as a variety of measurements. These can include opening sizes, clamping widths (the minimum and maximum) and the clamp’s safe holding force.
Hose Clip Pressure Rating
Hose clip pressure rating outlines the maximum force that the tightened clamp can hold in place once installed. It is crucial that hose clips are not over-tightened and many clamp types come with a blocking feature that prevents this from ever happening. Hose clip pressure ratings depend on a number of factors such as what the clamp is made from, its length and band size as well as its fastening mechanism.
Hose Clip Types
Hose clips come in a variety of materials and sizes. They also have different tightening mechanisms. They are also made by different manufacturers, including Jubilee. With this in mind, here are the most common types of hose clips on the market today.
Bolt Drive Hose Clamps
Also called head bolt clips and T-bolt clamps, bolt drive hose clamps come with a bolt that runs across the band and is secured at both ends. They are typically made from stainless steel, which means they are strong and durable. Bolt drive hose clamps are usually tightened with a hex drive. They are typically used in industrial settings where liquid or air is under high pressure. Meanwhile, mini versions of bolt drive hose clamps are usually utilized in automotive assembly and repair.
Quick-Release Hose Clips
Also referred to as quick-release hose straps, quick-release hose clips are spruced up cable ties. Made from nylon or metal, quick-release hose clips usually need to be fully opened before they are looped around a hose or tubing. Once in place, one end of the open clip is pulled through a grip lock. As their name suggests, quick-release hose clips come with a quick-release mechanism, which makes them very easy and fast to remove.
Snap Grip Hose Locks
Made from sturdy plastic, snap grip hose locks are also sometimes called Herbie clips. They come with interlocking ratcheting teeth and usually need to be squeezed with pliers for optimal tightness around hoses or cables. Snap grip hose locks are often used in agricultural, automotive, marine and electrical industries.
Worm Drive Clips
Worm drive clips come with relatively short and thick worm drives or grub screws — this mechanism sits on top of the bands. This is the most recognisable clip design and is usually tightened with a hex driving tool. While not quite as strong as bolt drive clips, worm drive clamps deliver better sealing than many bolt and nut style clamps.
Jubilee Clip Sizes
Jubilee clips and clamps come in a variety of sizes, from mini clamps to large heavy-duty clamps for use in industrial settings. The width and length of each clip’s hose lock affect the firmness of the grip on the tubing or cable. These measurements are always outlined in the product specifications.
What are Jubilee Clips Made From?
While stainless steel hose clamps tend to be very popular, hose clips are also sometimes made from brass, nylon or zinc-coated steel. Nylon locks, such as snap grip clips or Herbie clips, sometimes come in a variety of colours to simplify the identification of different pipes and hoses. The type of Jubilee clips you opt for should depend on whether you are planning to use them indoors and outdoors and the amount of pressure you will need them to withstand. In addition, do keep in mind that hose clamps made from certain materials are easier to install and remove than others.
Specifically designed to safely suspend pipes and ducts from beams in indoor settings, caddy clips are usually hammered into place. They are fast and simple to install and relatively durable.
Usually made from nylon, Herbie clips come in a huge range of sizes and diameters. They are held in place with interlocking teeth. Herbie clips are highly durable and versatile, making them popular in various industries such as machinery and white goods.
Used to hold fixtures in position, toggle clamps work on a locking principle called toggle action or a series of levers and pivots. Toggle clamps usually feature a pair of clamping arms that hold the objects securely in place.
Pipe Clamps or Pipe Clips
Pipe clamps are normally used to support suspended pipes that run horizontally or vertically along a surface such as a wall. Pipe clamps hold pipes in place without restricting subtle pipe movements or pipe expansion.
The most popular alternatives to Jubilee clips are zip ties. Nevertheless, zip ties are often used only as a temporary solution since they are not as strong as Jubilee clips. Some other stronger alternatives to zip ties include pipe clamps, U-bolts, worm drive clips, saddle clamps, O-clips, P-clips, ear clips and V-band clamps. It is best to look at the specific pressure requirements of the job at hand before deciding whether to go with a zip tie, a Jubilee clip or another option.
Hose clamps are usually rated in line with their minimum and maximum clamping diameter. When purchasing a Jubilee clip, you need to ensure that the diameter of the fixture you are clamping will fit within the clip’s clamping diameter. To get your numbers right, start by measuring the outside diameter of the hose or tubing. Once you have your measurement, select a Jubilee clip with a diameter range that will fit comfortably around the fixture.