Posts Tagged ‘Irwin’

Irwin’s New, Stronger, Vise-Grips

September 10th, 2010

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.

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Irwin adds Straight and Smooth Jawed pliers to its Groovelock line

August 13th, 2010


Irwin’s Groovelock line of pliers, a variation on the familiar ChannelLocks  used to only have one type of jaw, a V shaped all purpose jaw.  This type of jaw is great when the the object you’re trying to grab fits in the V well, but sometimes its not ideal and a straight jaw would grip better.   As anyone who’s ever used this type of pliers like has found out the hard way, the teeth in the jaw do a great job gripping onto the object, but can frequently dig in and mar the surface.  In these situations a smooth jaw might be a better fit.  Irwin has realized this and now offers three different types, their original all-purpose v-jaw, the straight jaw, and the smooth jaw.  All three come in a variety of  sizes, and they all feature Irwins ‘Magic Button’ which allows you to quickly and easily adjust the size.

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Irwin’s new SpeedHammer Power Masonry Drill Bit

June 24th, 2010

Irwin’s has updated their masonry bit line with the new SpeedHammer Power Masonry Bit.  The new bit features a carbide tip to go through concrete and re-bar with easy.  A new flute design allows for faster chip clearing.  They claim to have doubled the carbide in the tip, and that therefore the lifetime of the bit will also double.   Not sure I believe that there is a direct relationship between the amount of carbide and the life, however more is generally better.  The bits are available in a range of sizes from 3/16″ to 3/4″ and from 6″ to 12″ long.  They should start showing up in stores soon.

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Irwin Fiber Cement Blade

June 16th, 2010

Fiber cement siding is a great product that’s quickly gaining in popularity.  It takes paint well, never rots and looks great.  However installation is made more difficult by the lack of tools  specifically made for it.  That’s slowly changing and Irwin now has a new saw blade designed specifically to cut fiber cement siding.  the new Marathon blade has four diamond tipped teeth, as well as another eight chip clearing grooves.    Since cement siding dust can be hazardous to your health, the low tooth count creates large chips and very little dust.  The cement also quickly dulls conventional blades, so the diamond tips greatly extend the life of the blade.  Irwin says up to 15x more, or 9,000′ worth.  It’s not cheap though, with a street price of about $45 a piece.

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