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IRWIN Tools VISE-GRIP Locking Sheet Metal Tool, Original, 8-Inch (23)

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  • Makes bending, forming, and crimping sheet metal jobs easier.
  • Constructed of high-grade heat-treated alloy steel for maximum toughness and durability.
  • Adjust pressure and work fit with turn screw that stays adjusted for repetitive use.
  • Classic trigger release designed to provide maximum locking force.
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Makes bending, forming, and crimping sheet metal jobs easier. Constructed of high-grade heat-treated alloy steel for maximum toughness and durability. Adjust pressure and work fit with turn screw that stays adjusted for repetitive use. Classic trigger release designed to provide maximum locking force. IRWIN Tools VISE-GRIP Locking Sheet Metal Tool, Original, 8-Inch (23)

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Sheet Metal Locking Tool, measures 8 inches, and a jaw width of 3-1/8 inches and throat depth of 1-3/4 inches, locks to the work with a powerful grip, makes bread-pan corners, and can crimp and double crimp and stretch upholstery webbing. Irwin tools are made of only the finest materials, manufactured to exacting tolerances.

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Technical Details
Part Number 23
Item Weight1.1 pounds
Product Dimensions8 x 3 x 2.2 inches
OriginUSA
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Item model number23
ColorSilver
MaterialSteel
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?No
Batteries Required?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB0000TFGFU
Best Sellers Rank #6,202 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableOctober 3, 2003
  
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Old Geezer on March 10, 2012
In all fairness

1. The jaws are indeed bowed - on purpose. Since the jaws are relatively thin (as compared to a bench vise), they can flex slightly when clamped. This has the effect of reducing the clamping force at outer corners of flat jaws. To compensate, the jaws are bowed slightly to preload them when clamped. So when the jaws are clamped, the bow flattens out to create 100% contact with the workpiece. You can see the same thing at work in big semi-trailers, especially the open flat beds. When empty, the trailer arches noticibly upward, but the arch flattens out when loaded with cargo.

2. Newell Rubbermaid did indeed close the DeWitt, OK plant, and American jobs were lost, but the operations are now in Taiwan, which not exactly China (especially in the minds of the Taiwanese). In reality, mainland China can produce products of very high quality - when contracted and paid to do so. The Taiwanese can and usually do even better - look up semiconductor giant TSMC. Ultimately the sad truth is that chintzy tools can be made anywhere in the world.

3. Having used vise-grips of all kinds for almost 50 years, I frankly don't see any difference in quality between those made in the US and those made in Taiwan. The Vise-Grip brand still counts for better quality than the knock-offs. None of them are precision tools - they're just four link pliers that lock. But like duct tape, vise grips fill a niche well enough that both have become icons.

So bottom line, I give them four out of five stars - say an 85%, which is a "B" grade. Accordingly they will handle 85% of the work thrown at them.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2000
Vise-grip products are pretty sturdy and can take a lot of abuse. The sheet-metal tool is no exception. It not only will clamp and hold a wider surface area than other grips, you can use it to get a nice, crisp fold in a variety of metals. Sheets that are longer than the jaw of the tool are not a problem--you can just move the tool along and there is no buckle or fold between the placements.
I'm a tinsmith, and I use this tool pretty regularly. There are more expensive such tools around, with compound action, etc., but unless you use such a tool professionally and/or on extremely heavy-duty material, this is the best bang for the buck. And, once you have one, you'll wonder how you went so long without it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ELEVATORMAN on January 4, 2014
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Vise Grip tools has always had a place in my toolbox. The price listed for these pliers was lower than usual so I sent for the pliers and they were delivered promptly but upon reading the box I found that these pliers are now made in Taiwan. You can tell from the feel that they are inferior to the older ones made in America. If you need these type of pliers and don't care where they are made then these should meet your needs. I don't like to support offshore jobs.
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This allowed me to make floor mounting tabs to fasten to concrete floor and attach 3/4" plywood to form interior walls in a metal building.
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By Onigami on October 25, 2014
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The Irwin name lives up with these duck bills, if you're in sheet metal, you should have one of these in your arsenal. Although the bill itself may need to be customized with something. Most use Duct Tape or Electrical Tape but I'm sure there's some other means of coating you can use to soften the grip on painted metal. Overall, it's a very good tool to use, but for wider or deeper surfaces, you may want to get something more formidable, like some Fairmonts or one with a changeable bill. For 15$ though, you can't go wrong with the many applications this wondrous tool has.
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By S on March 11, 2013
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After having a terrible time receiving this product as promised, I have finally had the product received and it is everything expected! It was a birthday present for my son and he absolutely loves it!

Shower door direct is the company that this was ordered from via amazon and has responded with information concerning the shipping and why it was delayed. After emailing with shower door direct, I may order from them again as they have made things right and the product was as great as expected.
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I bought this to try and straighten out the rain gutters on my SUV after someone bent them up stealing the roof rack off my truck.

I think these work as well as should be expected, but they did not really work well for what I was trying to do.

I expect I'll have much better luck using these to work with much thinner sheet metal than what I was using them on.

As for the rain gutters, I'll need to pay a body shop to tinker with them or just have ugly drip rails.
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These locking pliers are much like other "vise grips", except for the end that grips sheet metals or the like.

I was a little surprised at the modest size of these -- eight inches refers to the overall length, not any other dimension.

Still within their (size) limits these are super useful for bending straightening, and otherwise manipulating sheet metal material. They are also useful for some clamping tasks if you are not too fussed about marking the work.
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