Irwin Vise-Grip Fast Release Curved Jaw Locking Pliers Review
The following are some of the most common questions and concerns about Irwin Vise-Grip Fast Release Curved Jaw Locking Pliers:
Q: What is the best way to care for these fast release curved jaw pliers?
A: Keep them away from direct sunlight, do not use them near water or other liquids, keep out of reach of children and pets. Do not store them in a closed cabinet.
Q: How long will they last after I’ve used them?
A: They should last at least 5 years. If you want to extend their life, replace the rubber parts with stainless steel ones (see above).
Q: Can I cut through solid wood without damaging it?
A: Yes, but only if you’re careful and don’t try too hard! You may damage your tools if you try to cut through solid wood.
Q: Will using these pliers hurt my hands?
A: No, but they might scratch the finish. So please, use caution when handling them.
Q: Can I use these fast release curved jaw pliers to cut a wire coat hanger?
A: Yes, but it may damage the finish.
Q: What is the difference between Irwin vise-grip locking pliers and Irwin curved jaw locking pliers?
A: The only difference between the two types is the curve in the middle of the jaw. They both perform the same functions and have the same quality.
Q: Can I cut through metal with these locking pliers?
A: Yes! They can cut through soft steel up to 10 gauge and 16 gauge aluminum. However, they may not be able to cut through harder steal such as a bolt.
Q: Will these locking pliers slip off the bolt?
A: No! The jaw of these locking pliers has an automatic release when pressure is released. This prevents slippage and damage to your hands.
Q: Are there any downsides to these pliers?
A: Not really, unless you are very concerned about the finish on your tools. These may leave a few scratches but they don’t actually damage the tools. If this is a major concern for you, Irwin also offers a hardened jaw version of these locking pliers.
Q: Are these locking pliers easy to use?
A: Yes, but you should always remember to use caution when using any tools. Remember to wear safety glasses and gloves.
Q: Do I need an allen wrench to adjust the pliers?
A: No, the allen wrench is only needed in extreme situations such as stripping or cross-threading.
Q: How do I clean the pliers?
A: Use a rag or old toothbrush with a liquid cleaner to remove dirt from the groves and crevices. If the locking mechanism is dirty, use a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol to clean it out. Do not submerge the tool in water; simply wipe the exterior with a damp cloth.
Q: What are some good uses for these pliers?
A: These locking pliers can provide extra grip and leverage when loosening or tightening bolts, nuts, and screws. They are good for holding or bending wire and in some cases can cut through thin metal. They make electrical work much easier. They are helpful when working with pipes, hoses, and other various hardware. These pliers can also be used as a hammer substitute in a pinch!
Q: Is it possible to adjust the tension on these locking pliers?
A: Yes. If the tool is slipping, you can slightly turn the screw on the handle to increase the pressure on the jaws. You can find this screw near the pivot point of the tool.
Q: What are some safety tips when using these tools?
A: Always wear eye protection when using tools and make sure they are stored safely after each use.
Q: Which material are these pliers made from?
A: The head and handles are made from forged steel, while the gripping surfaces are made of nickel/chrome alloy.
Q: How much do these pliers weigh?
A: They weigh 7.3 ounces, or 210 grams. This is not much heavier than a normal pair of pliers.
Q: Are these locking pliers covered by a warranty?
A: Yes, these pliers are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Q: What is the return policy if I am unsatisfied with these tools?
A: Contact the seller within 30 days of your purchase for a full refund.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Pliers with force augmentation and self-adjustment capability (A Bally, ER Colburn – US Patent 6,227,081, 2001 – Google Patents)
- Indentation vise-wrenches (M LaVallee – US Patent App. 11/381,120, 2007 – Google Patents)
- Pliers with force augmentation and self-adjustment capability (A Bally, ER Colburn – US Patent 6,155,142, 2000 – Google Patents)
- A novel and innovative technique for deformation of pre-contoured fracture fixation plates in orthopaedic surgery (J Malekani – 2014 – eprints.qut.edu.au)
- Elliptical Rolling Link Toggle Mechanisms for Passive Force Closures with Self-Adjustment (JR Montierth – 2007 – scholarsarchive.byu.edu)