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Irwin Industrial Tools 2077704 Locking Pliers Set with Nylon Tool Bag, 5-Piece
- Vise-grips are manufactured with high-grad alloy steel and are heat treated for maximum durability
- Hardened teeth and jaw tips are designed to grip from a multitude of different angles
- A micro adjusting screw allows a variety of clamping pressure depending on the force required for the job
- A guarded release trigger protects from accidental release
From the Manufacturer
The Irwin Industrial Tools Vise-Grip 2077704 is a set that contains one 10WR locking plier, one 7CR locking plier, one 10R locking plier, one 5WR locking plier and one 6LN locking long nose plier. Since 1924, the Vise-Grip brand has been the leader in locking tool manufacturing. This set comes with a life time guarantee on all five tools. The 10R locking Plier features a straight jaw design that provides maximum contact on flat, square or hex surfaces. The 10WR and 5WR locking pliers feature a curved jaw design that provides maximum contact on round, square or hex surfaces and has a built in wire cutter. The 7CR locking pliers feature a curved jaw design that provides maximum contact on round, square or hex surfaces. The 6LN long nose plier allows easy access in narrow hard to reach places.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The biggest difference between these and the older ones is that Petersen no longer makes them, and they are now made by Irwin in China. The old ones were made in Nebraska. Other subtle differences include more robust rivets on the handle's release mechanism. I didn't see anything at all that was lower in quality, but comparing them to my older tools made me realize that these do show signs of wear after enough years, so even though I already had several of the ones in this set, it would have been worth getting the entire set anyway.
This set comes with a tool bag that goes beyond what's needed just for this set, and can be used for a larger collection of tools.
These are the tools that I think of when I hear the name Vice Grips, but Irwin uses the term for other tools too. There are also off brand versions that vary in quality, but it's probably not worth getting them. You won't save enough money to warrant giving up quality. There are also other types of locking pliers on the market, such as Viper Grip 2-In-1 Locking Plier that also work well, but are more expensive and don't give the versatility of this set. The Viper Grips have a different way of working and are less intuitive to use, but can be easier to adjust when you know how. But the large jaws often leave you without enough room to maneuver in cramped places. That makes the Vice Grip set a more practical, versatile and affordable solution overall, and there are enough shapes and sizes to cover a big range of jobs.
I grew up working with tools and have developed an appreciation of good ones. This 5 piece set is as good as it gets. I earned my living for 45 years as a mechanical designer. Good design is timeless. They feel wonderful in the hand and still work their magic. One of my favorites is the straight jawed humped back 10R model.
In 1975 The end pulled off the clutch cable on my Volkswagon Van. I inserted the cable thru the lever arm and clamped it in place with my vice grips and forgot about it. I drove the van another 3 years. The Michigan winters and salt were not kind to the vice grips but they never let go. When the engine blew up I retrieved the vice grips from under the van, cleaned them up oiled them and threw them back in my tool box. When my shop burned down 35 years later all my tools burned. I recovered the vise grips and once again cleaned them up. They are looking a little rough and they don't work as smooth as when new, but they still work.
This five piece set is like a trip in a time machine. Every time I pick one up it gives me pleasure. For some reason they feel much better in my hands than any of the copies The tool bag that comes with them is a very nice touch. These are tools that will outlive the average owner. These are as good as hand tools get. There is no plastic or rubber grips to wear out. Just solid steel and hardened jaws that don't round over. Oh yes, I like them a lot.
I knew I wanted a couple a vice-grips, not having any in my current tool collection, but hadn’t used them much in the past and was no expert on which ones were appropriate for my needs. Lo and behold, Irwin makes a variety set of the most common uses.
I am very familiar with the Irwin brand of tools, having purchased many of them in the past few years, and am (in general) pretty happy with them. These are no exception. They are all machined well –even the gripping ends of the smallest tools, which I have sometimes found ‘not perfect’ in other Irwin tools.
So after testing each of these tools, and gripping the heck out of my fingers, water pipes, pieces of wood, and whatever else I had lying around in my basement, I have to say I am pleased. The tools were very easy to open and close (via the smooth spinning screw knob at the end), and the teeth seemed exceptionally sharp and grippy. (They will put tiny dents in what you are gripping if you apply too much pressure.)
I have not used them long enough or hard enough to tell how long they’ll last, but with Irwin’s lifetime guarantee, and my experience with their other tools, I am pretty comfortable with recommending these to anyone who asks. In some ways I find these to be my generation’s replacement for Craftsman, which I really feel has taken a nosedive over the past 10 years. I now look elsewhere, like Irwin, when I want nice and MEATY tools.
Additionally, the tools come with a very heavy duty fabric tool bag with a zipper that closes it up. This is really overkill for the set, as there is a lot of extra space. You can easily make this your portable tool bag and take out a couple of the vice grips and add a variety of other tools for work around the house. Or, better yet, make an emergency kit for your car or truck... This bag is a nice add on, and not a piece of junk that you’ll toss aside.