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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:34 am    Post subject: Speaking of locking pliers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Has anyone tried Milwaukee vise grips ? Wondering how
they compare to the Irwin vise grips.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:40 am    Post subject: Re: Speaking of locking pliers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Speaking of locking pliers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:13 am    Post subject: Re: Speaking of locking pliers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-300jk wrote:
(quoted from post at 01:34:41 02/21/21) Has anyone tried Milwaukee vise grips ? Wondering how
they compare to the Irwin vise grips.


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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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:34 am    Post subject: Re: Speaking of locking pliers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:42 am    Post subject: Re: Speaking of locking pliers Reply to specific post Reply with quote


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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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:44 am    Post subject: Re: Speaking of locking pliers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:03 am    Post subject: Re: Speaking of locking pliers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Greenfrog wrote:
(quoted from post at 20:34:28 02/21/21) 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......

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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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:59 am    Post subject: Re: Speaking of locking pliers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:02 am    Post subject: Re: Speaking of locking pliers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes but put in a swivel. The yanking around could cause the eyebolt to loosen and release the object.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Speaking of locking pliers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Its so you can get a tighter grip than you could otherwise
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Speaking of locking pliers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:09 am    Post subject: Re: Speaking of locking pliers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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