Vise Grip 5 Pc Locking Plier Tool Set: Made in USA
Aug 27, 2011 (Updated Aug 27, 2011)
Review by George Chabot
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Useful, Made in USA, Guaranteed for life, Assorted sizes
The Bottom Line: Vise Grips are a highly useful hand tool that every homeowner should have in their bag of tricks
Vise Grips 5 - Pc Locking Pliers Set
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Vise Grips are close to a hundred years old. Today they are manufactured by Irwin. The original patent by Peterson, is long expired and look alike brands can be found but I buy the originals (still marked VISE-GRIP) because they seem to have maintained the quality and the price is moderate. I have had good use over many years out of my Vise Grip locking pliers.
Vise Grip tools are made in the USA and guaranteed for life; just return to place of purchase.
I have always admired the design and construction of Vise Grip pliers as they remind me of post industrial development, showing the transition from the old fashioned labor intensive drop forged technology still available in lots of wrenches and pliers to the folded sheet metal, arc welded and forged jaw composite tools hardened in the fires of hell that are Vise Grips. Both types of tools still do the same job, but the Vise Grips have to be easier, quicker, and cheaper to manufacture taking advantage of machines to do work that used to be done by hand.
Vise Grip pliers are screw adjustable with a toggle action that can be tightened down until the jaws lock on to the work like a bulldog's bite when the handles are squeezed together. This clamping action provides a rigid vise grip that is very helpful in many situations. The jaws are immediately released when you press on the release lever.
Vise Grip pliers have very hard jaws and will grip the most oddly shaped shaft or part and hold it so you can apply a wrench to loosen the fastener. They can also be used to clamp things together as necessary.
These pliers are used for gripping, holding, and turning various fasteners or shafts and provide that badly needed third hand that you so often need when turning wrenches. You simply lock the pliers onto the shaft and rotate the fastener until the locking pliers jam up against the frame. Then you can work with the nut or bolt. The idea is so simple and yet without Vise Grips you've got to get somebody to help you, which is not always possible. I can say that Vise Grips have made many "two-man" jobs into solo efforts and that is a valuable achievement when you are working solo.
These locking pliers are essential in any homeowner's toolbox for assembling bicycles, and household goods like barbecues, outdoor furniture, automotive mechanics, etc.
If you need several pairs for your tool kit then this is a good set to consider.
This set has sizes ranging from 5" to 10" in length with various types of jaws for gripping different types of work.
There are five pairs of Vise Grips, housed in a convenient plastic tool bag to keep them together and clean. The tools are formed out of high strength steel alloy, heat treated for hardness and durability, and plated for rust resistance.
The 10" model jaws will adjust between 0 - 1 5/8" so they are very versatile around the shop. There are two 10" pairs included in the set - one with straight jaws and the other with curved jaws for round surfaces like shafts or pipes.
There are also 7-inch and 5-inch Vise Grips included in the set with sizes appropriate to varying work you will encounter, just choose the proper tool to fit the job.
The fifth pair of pliers are long nose Vise Grips that are designed for working in tighter spaces and are often used for electrical work, with the power disconnected, of course.
These are made in America and guaranteed for life so they are an excellent buy.
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