Are locking pliers the same as Vise grips?

Are locking pliers the same as Vise grips?

Locking pliers (also called Vise-Grips, a vice grip, or a Mole wrench) are pliers that can be locked into position, using an “over-center” cam action. Locking pliers are available with many different jaw styles, such as needle-nose pliers, wrenches, clamps and various shapes to fix metal parts for welding.

What is a locking pliers Vise grips used for?

Vice grips are the extra set of hands every DIYer needs. The locking feature allows them to be clamped tight and stay that way while you make a cut, measurement or free a stripped bolt. Common vice grips look like a heavy-duty set of pliers.

What is the difference between a vice grip and a wrench?

Like: a vise grip uses the principle of the lever and the principle of wedging and the pipe wrench uses the principle of a squashing rhombus, with sharp bitey teeth and levering and wedging to grab a pipe in one direction and release in the other.

How do you remove vise grips?

Pull or turn the object with the pliers until you loosen it or remove it. Press the tab on the inside of the handle to release the mouth of the pliers after you finish pulling or turning the object.

What do you use a vise for?

A vise, sometimes called the third hand, is an indispensable tool in the tool room or workshop. Vises are usually mounted on workbenches or similar firm supports to hold material in place.

How do you unclamp vise grips?

Do you need locking pliers?

Locking pliers can be used to handle materials whenever it would be awkward or uncomfortable to grip them directly, for instance when working with heat or maneuvering small components into position for gluing or soldering.

What size locking pliers do I need?

The two main sizes of locking pliers that should be considered for fireground usage are the 7-inch and 10-inch versions. The 7-inch version works well if the locking pliers will be carried as a personal tool. The 10-inch (or larger) may offer more versatility, but tend to be a bit bulky to carry in your pocket.

Can I remove a bolt with pliers?

Turn the pliers counterclockwise to break loose the stuck rounded nut or bolt. Apply as much force as possible until the fastener budges. Continue turning until you get it all out. Open the locking pliers to release the fastener.

What is a vise tool?

A vise, sometimes called the third hand, is an indispensable tool in the tool room or workshop. Vises are usually mounted on workbenches or similar firm supports to hold material in place. Most vises can be used for a wide variety of work. Select the most suitable vise which is strong enough for the work.

What can I use instead of locking pliers?

Mole grips/locking pliers are designed for general use in a number of situations, so instead of using them you could try using a different tool such as ordinary pliers or scissors. As an example, you could use scissors to take hold of an object, instead of using Mole grips/locking pliers.

What are the best locking pliers?

Straight jaw locking plier. With straight jaw pliers,you can grip flat surfaces with ease.

  • Curved jaw locking plier. Curved jaw pliers,unsurprisingly,have curved jaws with serrated teeth and are ideal for gripping onto cylindrical objects that can otherwise be quite hard to grip.
  • Needle nose locking plier.
  • C-Clamp jaw locking plier.
  • How to install woodworking bench vise?


  • Integrated dogs for clamping larger pieces
  • Clamps to just about any flat surface
  • Easy to install and remove
  • Are Vise Grips lifetime warranty?

    While each pair of GrooveLock pliers is versatile enough to handle a wide variety of tasks, Irwin offers GrooveLock pliers in a variety of sizes with straight, smooth, and V-shaped jaws, so you can select the configurations that best match your most common applications. The 8-Inch GrooveLock Pliers are backed by Irwin’s VISE-GRIP lifetime warranty.

    How to install Irwin woodworking vise?

    Toe-in toward top jaws helps ensure firm grip on work piece

  • Square body seating for easy under-bench mounting
  • Provision for installing wooden cheeks to protect work pieces