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Old Yesterday, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default Grip On - I don't get it

I bought a pair of Snap On (Grip On) locking pliers thinking they would be an upgrade over Vise Grips. I am not impressed. I tried to twist and pull out a stuck roll pin, there is too much twist/flex in the rivets and the front of the jaws slipped right off. I tried to grip a rounded nut and the jaws slipped right off. The teeth are dull and don't bite into anything. they are useless for the 2 things I have always used Vise Grips for. I like the release lever though
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Old Yesterday, 02:45 PM   #2
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Default Re: Grip On - I don't get it

I prefer regular vice grips over these

I was issued a pair of of those Snap On style ones with a straight jaw at work.

So far they've sucked, and I just maintain them in the inventory in case I have to turn my tool box in. I use my Vice Grips instead.
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Old Yesterday, 04:09 PM   #3
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I thought it was just me. Bought a couple pair after reading about them here but other than the orange paint I didn't notice anything special. I got the ones with narrow jaws and thought maybe that was why there was so much twist/flex.
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I think people like Grip-On compared to the current China Vise-Grips, but not compared to the Petersen Dewitt Vise-Grips.
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I think the Proto badged welding clamps are pretty nice, but the others ( NN, curved ) are kind of overrated. Its not just you.

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Default Re: Grip On - I don't get it

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I think people like Grip-On compared to the current China Vise-Grips, but not compared to the Petersen Dewitt Vise-Grips.
They are much better than those for sure, I think people like the release mechanism a lot as well.

I have a mix of them including USA made Irwins. I have several original Petersens and I thankfully have none of the imported POSs.
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Old Yesterday, 07:42 PM   #7
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Purchased a set some time ago, not impressed either especially considering the premium. Its nice not having to worry about getting your fingers pinched but the jaws don't seem much better than Chinagrips. Isnt there a German company that makes a locking plier?
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Old Yesterday, 07:52 PM   #8
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The grip-on/snap-on are not as great as everyone rants and raves about them. I have two pairs and i hate them. Ive broken the jaws about 3 times on the one pair and the teeth dull down really fast. I prefer vise grips. Even the china made ones are better in my opinion. Have quite a few pairs of chinese pairs and there not that bad.
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The grip-on/snap-on are not as great as everyone rants and raves about them. I have two pairs and i hate them. Ive broken the jaws about 3 times on the one pair and the teeth dull down really fast. I prefer vise grips. Even the china made ones are better in my opinion. Have quite a few pairs of chinese pairs and there not that bad.
Maybe it depends on the teeth style of the Chinagrips. The aggressive toothed ones smash flat in no time.
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Old Yesterday, 08:46 PM   #10
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Maybe it depends on the teeth style of the Chinagrips. The aggressive toothed ones smash flat in no time.
Not sure ive had good luck with mine. Idk my peterson made vise grips deffinatly are superior for sure.
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Purchased a set some time ago, not impressed either especially considering the premium. Its nice not having to worry about getting your fingers pinched but the jaws don't seem much better than Chinagrips. Isnt there a German company that makes a locking plier?

Knipex makes locking pliers in the vise grip style, although I have never seen them in person.
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Old Yesterday, 09:13 PM   #12
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You'd think a USA manufacturer would start making these. There can't be any active patents anymore.
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It would be cool if someone made a locking plier that was forged instead of a bunch of bent sheet metal.
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It would be cool if someone made a locking plier that was forged instead of a bunch of bent sheet metal.
Stubai may still manufacture at least one style locking plier that had a single piece forged upper section. I'm not sure whether it's still in production.

I believe I've seen some older Facom locking pliers that were also mostly forged rather than using formed sheet metal. The Facoms have probably been out of production for decades though.
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I much prefer the Grip On release mechanism over any pair of Vise Grips i have used.
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I picked up a couple of the Milwaukee Locking pliers a few months ago, they have held up well with the few jobs I have thrown at them, best part is the price, I don't mind welding and grinding around them. I also like the tightening loop on the adjuster, put a large flathead in it and crank it in.

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Old Today, 12:44 AM   #17
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Default Re: Grip On - I don't get it

All locking pliers seem to grip about the same, and is totally dependent on how hard you can squeeze the handles together.

What makes the Grip-ons better is the lock release lever. You can squeeze the top handle and the release lever together lightly and it will unlock the pliers (you can do it with two fingers), the Vise-grips however is very stubborn to unlock and when it does release it likes to pop off very violently (injured myself a few times, now I use another pair of pliers to undo them).
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There's lots of brands to choose from. The following is compiled from Tools from the Old World and Show your new tool arrivals:

Locking Pliers:
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1. Grip-On (Proto rebrands these)
2. Gedore (Bollmann/Wezag?)
3. Dolex
4. Wezag
5. Stahlwille (Wezag?)
6. Aigo (Stainless Steel)
7. Rennsteig
8. Scangrip
9. Knipex
10. Bessey
11. Lockjaw
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Grip-on's release lever is great...petersen vice grips>grip-on's even lacking the "new style" release leaver
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