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Speaking of locking pliers

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300jk

02-20-2021 11:34:41




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Has anyone tried Milwaukee vise grips ? Wondering how they compare to the Irwin vise grips.




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Iowajohn

02-24-2021 09:09:45




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 Re: Speaking of locking pliers in reply to 300jk, 02-20-2021 11:34:41  
I've had a pair of milwaukee's for quite awhile. Use them all the time and the jaws are still good. They've been locked onto cotter pins and beat with a hammer, so far so good. I've never owned Irwin.



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Brian G. NY

02-23-2021 14:55:49




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 Re: Speaking of locking pliers in reply to 300jk, 02-20-2021 11:34:41  
Most of my "Vice-Grips" are made by Peterson. Like Ridgid Pipe wrenches, there ain't no substitute for the real thing. My F.I.L. had a set of "wannabe" vice-grips which I tried one time and the channel splayed when I put some heavy pressure on them.

BTW, I can't imagine that tightening the thumbscrew while the pliers are locked could result in a tighter grip than loosening and resetting.



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Greenfrog

02-21-2021 09:59:51




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 Re: Speaking of locking pliers in reply to 300jk, 02-20-2021 11:34:41  
Speaking of locking pliers.....

Those of you who have Apple iPhones....when you click it off....that sound is the sound of a vise grips clicking on! They recorded that sound.



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TimWafer

02-21-2021 07:03:01




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 Re: Speaking of locking pliers in reply to 300jk, 02-20-2021 11:34:41  
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Thats what the Milwaukee Salesman demonstrated to me once anyways. Like you, I always release to adjust. Seemed easier to me.



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svcummins

02-22-2021 22:40:57




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 Re: Speaking of locking pliers in reply to TimWafer, 02-21-2021 07:03:01  
Its so you can get a tighter grip than you could otherwise



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Dusty MI

02-21-2021 06:42:00




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 Re: Speaking of locking pliers in reply to 300jk, 02-20-2021 11:34:41  
I've seen the adjusting screw/bolt replaced with an eye-bolt, then a rope or cable hooked to the eye, to lift steel panels.



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Greenfrog

02-21-2021 10:02:14




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 Re: Speaking of locking pliers in reply to Dusty MI, 02-21-2021 06:42:00  
Yes but put in a swivel. The yanking around could cause the eyebolt to loosen and release the object.



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TimWafer

02-21-2021 06:13:25




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 Re: Speaking of locking pliers in reply to 300jk, 02-20-2021 11:34:41  
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True Value Hardware (where I work) stopped carrying Milwaukee tools much to my disappointment. They had closeout prices on a lot of their tools which I took full advantage of. I bought several of their locking pliers of various types and really like them. They grip well but release much easier than the Irwin. Supposedly you can adjust them while under some pressure too but Ive never really tried to do that. They have like a flat thumbscrew type adjusting screw with a hole to insert a screwdriver in to adjust under pressure.

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svcummins

02-21-2021 06:44:22




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 Re: Speaking of locking pliers in reply to TimWafer, 02-21-2021 06:13:25  
The new vice grips have have a hex key hole in the thumb screw fo tighten the pliers while latched or you can grab the screw with another pair of pliers and twist it



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Greenfrog

02-21-2021 06:34:28




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 Re: Speaking of locking pliers in reply to TimWafer, 02-21-2021 06:13:25  
So that is what the slot in the screw is for. I bet that could be twisted too much. Never thought about adjusting while locked. We all release, tighten a little, then clamp again. Hmmmmm? A locking pliers has to be one of the most useful tools ever made. FYI......
I saw a roofer modify one so as to grip sheets of metal roofing...... Remove the screw, and using a small piece of angle iron, drill a hole in each side, or you could bend a piece of iron into a L shape, insert the screw through one hole, and a quick link or small clevis in the other, tie a rope through this, then clamp this to end edge of the sheet tin, and pulled tin up on roof. Worked good. Could use one of the sheet metal style with the wide (duckbill) style also. A smaller version of this works well for holding items while spray painting them.

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Phil Tibbetts

02-20-2021 16:39:46




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 Re: Speaking of locking pliers in reply to 300jk, 02-20-2021 11:34:41  
Don't know about them but I have the old vice grips that the spring broke on. I called Irwin or Cooper tool, can't remember which, an they sent me a pack of 5 springs free. Said they have a lifetime warranty.



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Gambles

02-20-2021 11:40:07




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 Re: Speaking of locking pliers in reply to 300jk, 02-20-2021 11:34:41  
I'm waiting for the Malco locking pliers that will be made in the old Vise-Grip factory located in DeWitt, Nebraska, USA.



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