Irwin’s New, Stronger, Vise-Grips

September 10th, 2010 by Jim German Leave a reply »

Irwin has updated the vernerable Vise-Grip locking jaw pliers.  Originally designed in 1924 by William Petersen, the Vise-Grips haven’t changed much in almost a century.  Of course there have been a plethora of supposedly improved versions, but few of them worked better than the original.    Irwin (who through the wonders of corporate mergers is now the same company as the  Petersen Manufacturing) however has tried their hand at improving the design.  They seem to have gone the smart route though, and kept the improvements simple, added a cushioned grip, and a new one-handed trigger-less release.  They claim the new design provides 3x the locking power of the traditional too.

Source: Irwin

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3 comments

  1. Rick says:

    Just please don’t tell me that they are Made in China!

  2. ToolGuyd says:

    A while back Irwin shifted partial production overseas, and Vise Grip labels said “made in USA with global components.” Now, after closing the factory in Dewitt, Nebraska, Vise Grips are made entirely in China.

    The one-handed release Vise Grips aren’t exactly new, but from what I’ve seen they’re okay. I won’t be trying them out. Unless production is brought back to the USA, they’re no better than any other generic import locking pliers.

    I’ve read a few reports that the imported Vise Grips don’t deliver the same quality as older USA-made ones and that they have softer more easily deformed jaws, but it’s hard to say whether those accounts are accurate or not.

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