|Item Weight||13 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||9.3 x 2.2 x 0.5 inches|
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|Item model number||4|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
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IRWIN Tools VISE-GRIP Locking Wrench with Wire Cutter (4)
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- Curved jaw delivers maximum gripping power and won't slip or strip on any style of nut or bolt.
- Built-in wire cutter means you don't have to switch tools. Constructed of high-grade heat-treated alloy steel for maximum toughness and durability.
- Guarded trigger gives you a quick release while helping prevent accidental release.
- Adjust pressure and work fit with turn screw that stays adjusted for repetitive use.
- Backed by the IRWIN lifetime guarantee.
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These locking wrench pliers are very different from the standard Vise-Grip locking pliers. The jaws are designed to fit a hex-head fastener (bolt, nut, etc.)and hold it tightly in place. They are excellent for breaking lose extra-tight or rusted-on nuts and bolts. The special jaws provide a much more secure grip than standard Vise-Grip pliers or a wrench. (But beware; those special jaws make this tool less versatile than the standard Vise-Grip pliers.)
Be sure to get the size you need. It has been my experience that using the wrong size, even though the fastener may fit, increases the risk of rounding off the corners of the fastener.
These "wrenches" come in three different sizes. The smallest (Vise-Grip 4LW 4" The Original Locking Wrench) has a jaw capacity of 1/4" (6.4mm) to 9/16" (14.3mm) which is great for small fasteners on consumer electronics, toys, etc. The medium sized model (7LW) which is the subject of this review, has a jaw capacity of 7/16" (11mm) to 3/4" (19mm) which I find works well for most of the fasteners I encounter as a home-owner and hobbyist. I have not (yet) purchased the larger model (Vise-Grip 10LW Locking Wrench with Wire Cutter) which has a jaw capacity of 5/8" (15.9mm) to 1 1/8" (28.6mm). But it is on my wish list!
( It's a good gift idea for someone who already has a full tool box. )
I used mine just yesterday while working on restoring an old car for my daughter. I had to remove the heat shield from the exhaust manifold, and after 10 years of service those bolts were not in good shape at all. One of them was so bad that my sockets and box wrenches would just spin, getting no bite at all. My usual pair of locking pliers didn't help either. The unique jaw shape on the Irwin "Locking Wrench" grabbed the head of the bolt from three sides and fastened firmly enough to do the job. In just a few seconds I had that old bolt out without having to resort to cutting it with an angle grinder or torch.
I've seen these on-line for less than fifteen dollars, and for the amount of headache they save I'd call it well worth adding to any tool box. If you've ever used regular locking pliers to try to get a stripped bolt out, you'll find this new style of "locking wrench" works wonders.
I'd never even heard of this style of vice-grip before reading about it in an online forum, but glad I got it. I have regular vice grips, but they need to be locked on super tight to keep them from slipping on bolt heads The angled plier head on these vice grips fit the nut perfectly and I didn't risk crushing the brake line from having to squeeze super tight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worked well - used this and one of another size to remove a brake line fitting I had been soaking in penetrating oil for months.Published 1 month ago by Jim T
PERFECT for stubborn brake or fuel line fittings! I very nearly rounded off the fuel line fitting on my Monte Carlo SS while trying to remove the fuel filter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by stiv2k
A well made and effective tool for undoing those awkward connectors.Published 3 months ago by David Aldis