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TOOLS OR BENCH DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, FOR FASTENING, CONNECTING, DISENGAGING OR HOLDING
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Vices
  • Hand vices; Pin vices
  • Clamps
  • Pliers; gripping tools with jaws on pivoted limbs
  • Hand-held gripping tools other than of the pliers type
  • Work holders, e.g. magnetic work holders, vacuum work holders
  • Spanners; Wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hand-driven gear-operated wrenches or screwdrivers
  • Impact wrenches or screwdrivers
  • Portable power-driven screw or nut setting or loosening tools
  • Attachments for drilling apparatus for screw or nut setting or loosening
  • Details of, or accessories for, spanners, wrenches, screwdrivers
  • Implements for fastening, connecting or tensioning of wire or strip
  • Hand tools, specially adapted for fitting together or separating parts or objects
  • whether or not involving some deformation
  • Portable power-driven joining or separation tools
  • Hand tools for applying fasteners other than screws, bolts, nuts or nails
Relationship between large subject matter areas

This subclass is to be understood as covering those hand tools for fastening, connecting, disengaging, or holding which are not provided for in another subclass such as B25C (nailing or stapling tools), B25D (percussive tools like hammers) or in an application class such as B65B (packaging) or B21F (working of wire)

Special rules of classification within this subclass

In B25B 5/00 are also classified clamps for mechanically clamping work-pieces on machine tool tables, even though they are not hand tools. B25B 5/00 takes precedence before B23Q 3/06 (Work-clamping means).

In B25B 11/00 also tables, like magnetic tables and vacuum tables are classified, even though they are not hand tools.

For more detailed information about the main groups of B25B check the sheets of these main groups.

Vices (specially adapted for tying flies for anglingA01K 97/28; specially adapted for machine toolsB23Q 3/00; { rope or cable splicing vicesD07B 7/162} )
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Vices with sliding jaws
  • Vices with pivoted jaws
  • Arrangements for positively actuating jaws
  • Arrangements for turning or tilting vices
  • Details of the vices, e.g. jaws of special shape, slideways
Relationship between large subject matter areas

B25B 1/00 deals with vices per se and details of vices. The function and functioning of vices in the context of machine tools as part of the machine tools is classified in B23Q 3/066.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Vices for tying flies for angling
Rope or cable splicing vices
Special rules of classification within this group

Vices for machine tool tables are classified in B25B 1/00 as far as the vice itself or details thereof are concerned. In that case B25B 1/00 takes precedence over B23Q 3/066.

The function and functioning of vices for machine tools in the context of the machine tool as part of the machine tool is classified in B23Q 3/066.

{around a vertical axis (B25B 1/2447 takes precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Jaw being pivotable around an axis to put one of the jaw faces in a position opposite to a second jaw
{around a horizontal axis (B25B 1/2447 takes precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Jaw being pivotable around an axis to put one of the jaw faces in a position opposite to a second jaw
Clamps (for holding or positioning work for welding, soldering, or cutting by applying heat locally B23K 37/04)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Thisgroup covers:

  • Combination of clamps
  • Supporting devices for clamps
  • Clamps with sliding jaws
  • Clamps with pivoted jaws
  • Arrangements for positively actuating jaws
  • Clamps for work of special profile
  • Details of the clamps, e.g. jaws, jaw attachments
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Clamping by using adhesive means
Clamping by using a solidifying liquid, e.g. with freezing, setting or hardening means
Clamps for turbine blades
Clamps for holding or positioning work for welding, soldering, or cutting by applying heat locally
Chucks
Gripping heads in robots
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Means for securing sliding members using a hydraulically controlled membrane in machine tools
Chucks
Chucks where the gripping means is a deformable sleeve
Special rules of classification within this group

In B25B 5/00 are also classified clamps for mechanically clamping work-pieces on machine tool tables as far as the clamps themselves or details thereof are concerned, even though these clamps are not hand tools. In this case B25B 5/00 takes precedence over B23Q 3/06 (Work-clamping means).

The function and functioning of clamps in the context of the machine tool as part of the machine tool is classified in B23Q.

{with fluid drive (B25B 5/087, B25B 5/122 take precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Fluid-driven clamps using toggle levers
Fluid-driven clamps using cams
Pliers; Other hand-held gripping tools with jaws on pivoted limbs; Details applicable generally to pivoted-limb hand tools (implements for fastening, connecting, or tensioning wire or strip B25B 25/00; adapted for other fitting or separating purposes B25B 27/00; for marking animals A01K 11/00; dentists` forceps A61C 3/00; bending wire eyes B21F 1/06; hand-held metal-shearing or metal-cutting devices B23D 29/00; hand cutting tools B26B; for punching or perforating B26F 1/36; devices for securing ends of binding material in bundling machines B65B 13/24; specially designed for watch-making or comparable work G04D 1/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Pliers construction in general
  • Jaws
  • Joints
  • Pliers involving special transmission means between the handles and the jaws
  • Locking means for pliers
  • Adjusting means for the operating arms
  • Pliers for sealing
  • Pliers provided with auxiliary tool elements, e.g. cutting edges, nail extractors
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Implements for fastening, connecting, or tentioning wire or strip
Pliers for assambling or disassembling purposes
Pliers for marking animals
Dentist forceps
Surgical forceps
Pliers for bending wire eyes
Hand-held metal-shearing or metal-cutting devices
Hand-held cutting tools
Pliers for punching or perforating
Pliers for securing ends of binding material
Pliers specially designed for watch-making or comparable work
Pliers for removing insulation or armouring from electrical cables
Locking means { (B25B 7/123 takes precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Self-locking toggle lever pliers
Hand-held gripping tools other than those covered by group B25B 7/00 (wrenches B25B 13/00; specially adapted for watchmakers` or like use G04D)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Gripping tools with sliding or pivotal connections
  • Gripping tools without sliding or pivotal connections, e.g. tweezers
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Gripping tools for light bulbs
Gripping tools for fluorescent lamps
Hand-held implements for removing litter
Hand-held implements picking up excrements
Load carriers
Gripping tools specially adapted for watchmakers
Dentist forceps
Surgical forceps
Gripping heads in robots
Work holders not covered by any preceding group in the subclass, e.g. magnetic work holders, vacuum work holders (for holding or positioning work for welding, soldering, or cutting by applying heat locally B23K 37/04; specially adapted to machine tools B23Q 3/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Work holders
  • Magnetic work holders
  • Vacuum work holders
Relationship between large subject matter areas

Magnetic means for holding work-pieces on tables of tool machines are partially classified as well in B23Q 3/154, B23Q 3/1546, B23Q 3/1546 as in B25B 11/005

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Electromagnets for lifting handling or transport
Load-engaging elements for lifting by magnetic means
Load-engaging elements for lifting by electro-magnetic means
Holding semiconductors by vacuum
Robot vacuum gripping head
Holding work-pieces by suction in cutting machines
Suction grippers for separating articles from a pile
Vacuum material handling devices associated with conveyers
Holding work-pieces on machine tool tables by magnetic means
Holding or positioning work for welding, soldering, or cutting by applying heat locally
Portble devices for holding doors
Implements for mounting doors
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Signs, plates, panels or boards being secured to a surface by magnetic means
Special rules of classification within this group

In B25B 11/00 also tables, like magnetic tables and vacuum tables are classified, even though they are not hand tools.

Spanners; Wrenches (hand-driven gear-operated B25B 17/00; impact wrenches B25B 19/00; portable power-driven B25B 21/00; {spanners or wrenches pecially adapted for osteosynthesis A61B 17/8875} ; machines for fitting together or separating metal parts B23P 19/00; {for mounting or dismounting wheels B60B 29/003} )
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Cross wrenches
  • Wrenches with rigid jaws
  • Wrenches with adjustable jaws
  • Wrenches of the chuck type
  • Wrenches of the ratchet type, for providing a free return stroke of the handle
  • Wrenches for special purposes
  • Wrenches for operating on work of special profile, e.g. pipes
  • Chain or strap wrenches
  • Spanner sets
  • Jaw attachments
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Wrenches or spanners specially adapted for osteosynthesis
Spanners and wrenches for mounting and dismounting wheels
Wrenches in earth drilling
Devices for removing threaded caps of containers
Tools for removing threaded caps from containers by use of a flexible loop gripping the cap
with rigid jaws (B25B 13/46, B25B 13/48 take precedence)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Ratchet wrenches
Wrenches or sockets for special purposes
with adjustable jaws (B25B 13/46, B25B 13/48 {B25B 13/5041} take precedence)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Ratchet wrenches
Spanners or wrenches for special purposes
Wrenches for pipes with adjustable jaws
{for operating on pipes or cylindrical objects (B25B 13/52 takes precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Chain or strap wrenches
Internal grip wrenches { (B25B 13/5083 takes precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Spanners and wrenches for internally gripping pipes
Screwdrivers (hand-driven gear-operated B25B 17/00; impact screwdrivers B25B 19/00; portable power-driven B25B 21/00; {screwdrivers specially adapted for osteosynthesis A61B 17/8875} )
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Screwdrivers characterised by material or shape of the tool bit
  • Screwdrivers operated by rotating the handle
  • Screwdrivers operated by axial movement of the handle
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Screwdrivers specially adapted for osteosynthesis
Screwdrivers specially adapted for watchmakers
G04D1/00B4
Hand-driven gear-operated wrenches or screwdrivers (ratchet-operated B25B 13/46 {B25B 13/467} , B25B 15/04; {for mounting or dismounting wheels B60B 29/005} )
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Hand-driven gear-operated wrenches or screwdrivers
  • Hand-driven gear-operated wrenches or screwdrivers providing for torque amplification
Gear-operated ratchet wrenches
Ratchet screwdrivers
providing for torque amplification
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Wrenches with torque amplification for mounting or dismounting wheels
Impact wrenches or screwdrivers (portable power-driven B25B 21/02)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Impact wrenches and screwdrivers that are not power-driven

Portable power-driven screw or nut setting or loosening tools; (details or components, e.g. casings, bodies, of portable power-driven tools not particularly related to the operation performed B25F 5/00; {for mounting or dismounting wheels B60B 29/006} ) ; Attachments for drilling apparatus serving the same purpose (machines B23P 19/06)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Portable power-driven screw or nut setting or loosening tools
  • Power-driven screw or nut setting or loosening tools for combined nut setting and crimping
  • Power-driven screw or nut setting or loosening tools for special purposes
  • power-driven screw or nut setting or loosening tools of the ratchet type
  • Attachments for drilling apparatus for screw or nut setting or loosening
  • Power-driven screw or nut setting or loosening tools with automatic change-over from high speed-low torque mode to low speed-high torque mode
  • Power-driven screw or nut setting or loosening tools with means for imparting impact to screwdriver blade or nut socket
Relationship between large subject matter areas

Details or components, e.g. casings, bodies, of portable power-driven tools not particularly related to the operation performed are classified in B25F 5/00

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Powered wrenches in earth drilling
Power-operated devices for removing threaded caps of containers
Power-operated devices for mounting or dismounting wheels
Multi-spindle power-driven screw or nut setting or loosening
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Screw or nut setting or loosening machines
Details or components, e.g. casings, bodies, of portable power-driven tools not particularly related to the operation performed
Details of, or accessories for, spanners, wrenches, screwdrivers (bolt tensioners B25B 29/02)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Connections or joints between tool parts
  • Screw guiding means
  • Socket or nut ejector means
  • Means for adjusting screwing depth
  • Abutment for screws or nuts
  • Reaction arms
  • Counter holding devices
  • Tools for placing nut or screw lock wires
  • Arrangements for handling screws or nuts
  • Arrangement of torque limiters or torque indicators in wrenches or screwdrivers
  • Handles
  • Devices for illuminating the head of the screw or the nut
Relationship between large subject matter areas

Details or components, e.g. casings, bodies, of portable power-driven tools not particularly related to the operation performed are classified in B25F 5/00. Even though there is a group B25B 23/16 for handles, details of handles for hand-driven screwdrivers and wrenches are classified in B25G 1/00 and details of handles for power-driven screwdrivers and wrenches are classified in B25F 5/02. Angular adjustment means between tool head and handle of a hand-driven fastening tool are classified in B25B 23/0028 as well as in B25G 1/063

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Device for determining value of torque or twisting moment for tightening a nut or screw per se, when not in connection with the fastening process itself
Details of handles of hand-driven screwdrivers and wrenches
Details of handles of power-driven screwdrivers and wrenches
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Nail feeding devices for belts of nails
Bolts, screws, or nuts formed in integral series using disposable strips or discs per se
Nails formed in integral series using disposable strips or discs per se
F16B17/08
Breaking-bolts per se
Lightening devices for hand tools in general
Arrangements in machine tools for improving direct observation of the working space, e.g. using mirrors or lamps
Screw or nut setting or loosening machines
Torque limiting in screw or nut setting or loosening machines
Feeding or holding elements like screws or nuts in machines
Details or components, e.g. casings, bodies, of portable power-driven tools not particularly related to the operation performed
Torque reaction bars for portable rotary tools other than fastening tools
using built-in magazine (B25B 23/045 takes precedence)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Feeding screws or nuts using disposable strips or discs carrying the screws or nuts
{for hand-driven screw-drivers (B25B 23/105 takes precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Gripping device for the fastening element, where the gripping device is an integral part of the driving element
{by electrical means}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Tightening of fasteners, where the torque is controlled by ultrasound controlled.

Implements for fastening, connecting or tensioning of wire or strip
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Implements for tensioning of wire or strip
  • Implements for applying wire clasps to hose couplings
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Bundling articles

This group does not gover:

Tools for placing nut or screw lock wires
Turnbuckles and the like
Hand tools, specially adapted for fitting together or separating parts or objects whether or not involving some deformation, not otherwise provided for (machines for simply fitting together or separating metal parts or objects B23P 19/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Hand tools adapted for fitting together or separating parts or objects
  • Tools for fixing internally screw-threaded tubular fasteners
  • Tools for bonding or debonding brake linings
  • Tools for removing or installing seals
  • Hand tools specially adapted for fitting together or separating parts of motor-vehicles
  • Hand tools specially adapted for fitting together or separating parts of bicycles
  • Tools for wheel weights
  • Explosive-powered hand tools
  • Tools moving along strips, e.g. decorating or sealing strips, to insert them in, or remove them from, grooves or profiles
  • Tools for connecting objects by press fit or detaching same
  • Tools for assembling objects other than by press fit or detaching same
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Tools or implements for repairing chains using metal-working operations
Mounting or dismounting tyre valves
Wrenches for mounting or dismounting wheels
Spring positioning or withdrawing for watchmakers or watch-repairers
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Machines for assembling or disassembling
Machines moving along strips, e.g. decorating or sealing strips, to insert them in, or remove them from, grooves or profiles
Machines for installing or removing seals, e.g. O-rings
Hammers having the impacting head in the form of a sleeve slidable on a shaft
Assembling sealing arrangements with vehicle parts
Assembly, disassembly, repair or servicing of endless-track systems
Hand-held apparatus for delivering pressure-sensitive adhesive tape
Implements for finishing work on buildings, e.g. devices for fitting sealing strips or other finishing strips
Equipment for mounting belts, ropes or chains
Accessories for bringing two tubular members closer to each other
Auxiliary devices for flanged joints
Hand tools for crimping electric connectors
Coil spring compressors
{Tools for removing or installing seals (B25B 27/0092 takes precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Tools moving along strips, e.g. decorating or sealing strips, to insert them in, or remove them from, grooves or profiles
Accessories (specially for spanners, wrenches, screwdrivers B25B 23/00; tool boxes, tool positioning stands B25H)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Accessories
  • Bolt tensioners
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Bolt tensioners in machines
Screwed prestressed connection by means of liquid, grease, rubber, where the tensile strength is produced in the connection itself and not by a tool
Hand tools for applying fasteners (nailing or stapling tools B25C)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:
  • Hand tools for applying fasteners other than screws, bolts, nuts or nails
  • Hand tools for applying dowels
  • Hand tools for temporarily connecting sheets before or during assembly operations
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Attachments or adapters for portable power-driven percussive tools for placing dowels
B25B17/00B
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Devices for applying fasteners, e.g. clips, to bundles of sheets
Attachments or adapters for portable power-driven percussive tools for placing dowels
B25B17/00B
Hand tools not covered by any other group in this subclass
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Hand tools not covered by any other group

Chuck keys

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