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IRWIN Vise-Grip Reduced Hand Span Fast Release 3-Pack Locking Plier Set $15 + In-Store Pickup

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https://www.lowes.com/pd/IRWIN-Vi...1001340222 has Irwin Tools Vise-Grip Reduced Hand Span Fast Release 3-Pack Locking Plier Set for $14.98. Select free store pickup where available.

This is a clearance item so stock will vary by location.
  • 20% reduced hand span helps provide more control (10-in pliers only)
  • One-handed, triggerless release is easier to open than traditional locking pliers
  • Hex key adjustment screw tightens to adjust pressure and draw materials together
  • Hardened teeth are designed to grip from any angle
  • Includes 3 locking pliers: 7-in (7R), 9-in (9LN), 10-in (10WR) and a soft carrying case
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Since Stanley B&D moved Vice-Grip production to China and let the quality drop significantly, I'd rather go with practically anything else, like this Kobalt set for $13: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-1...s/50029420
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Since Stanley B&D moved Vice-Grip production to China and let the quality drop significantly, I'd rather go with practically anything else, like this Kobalt set for $13: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-1...s/50029420
I have a set of the kobalt and for my around the house and shop useage they have been great. But these at $15 I don't think you can go wrong either.
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HD used to be 10 usd?
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The Husky set is decent option and like the Kobalt's I mentioned above are probably similar or better quality and much easier to warranty than the Vise-Grips. However, the HF link you posted goes to mini-pliers.
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Husky has the lifetime guarantee.
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Husky has the lifetime guarantee.
I can confirm that they do support their guarantee, BUT - they wanted the packaging, the receipt and it required 6 - 7 emails before they finally approved a refund. They wanted to give me a similar set of pliers, because the ones I bought was no longer available. I declined because the build was so cheap, that's why they broke in the first place.

These days, I am leery about Husky, but the Greatfixer's HD link seems like a good deal.
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Husky has the lifetime guarantee.
Almost all retail hand tools are lifetime guarantee, including Kobalt, Husky, Harbor Freight, and these Vise.
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As folks have pointed out on this thread and older Irwin-related threads, the quality is average or lower. They LOOK great in the package and even in your hands. But the quality is poor and the metal is soft and strips easily. Spend a bit more and get something that will last.
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So of all the vice grips kits linked, Husky, Irwin, Kobolt and Harbor Freight, they all are about equal in quality? If that's the case I leaning towards one that has a molded handle added to it.
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As folks have pointed out on this thread and older Irwin-related threads, the quality is average or lower. They LOOK great in the package and even in your hands. But the quality is poor and the metal is soft and strips easily. Spend a bit more and get something that will last.
Sad it's come to this. I used to think of Vise/Irwin being the top brand when it came to locking pliers.

Other than the box store brands mentioned, any other good ones?
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Sad it's come to this. I used to think of Vise/Irwin being the top brand when it came to locking pliers.

Other than the box store brands mentioned, any other good ones?
Buy Used USA versions on eBay. Or buy New Grip-On brand. Everything thing else is cheapened up junk.
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Sad it's come to this. I used to think of Vise/Irwin being the top brand when it came to locking pliers.

Other than the box store brands mentioned, any other good ones?

I've been really surprised and impressed with the two new Harbor Freight lines of hand tools Bremen and Doyle. It's not the cheap junk Harbor Freight used to make. The Bremen 10" locking pliers are like $8, but there have been several recent 30% off everything under $10 sales that make the whole line very inexpensive. All the other brands seem to be making their quality worse, but Harbor Freight is going the other direction. Plus they are expanding like crazy and will likely be around a while. All the Bremen and Doyle products have a lifetime guarantee so if you do break it or wear it out they will exchange it no problem. I don't see any downsides. I would exclusively buy premium harbor freight hand tools unless 1) You really want something made in the USA or 2) You want to spend big money for Knipex etc., but even there returning if it breaks is going to be a hassle. Most of the Doyle line of pliers and wrenches (the things with cutters) are made in Taiwan which as I understand it is much better than China for quality steel.
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Sad it's come to this. I used to think of Vise/Irwin being the top brand when it came to locking pliers.

Other than the box store brands mentioned, any other good ones?
Klein or Knipex. But they're not cheap.
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