Fast-Locking Pliers Bring Comfort

Sept. 19, 2018
IRWIN's next-generation pliers reduce handle span by 20% to provide more comfort for the user.

VISE-GRIP Next-Gen Fast Release Locking Pliers are ergonomically designed to provide more control than ever before. Users will have an easier time gripping, squeezing, and releasing the locking plier because the handle span in the open position (the position most difficult to grab and operate a locking plier) is reduced by 20%. The pliers are more comfortable to use because the user is not forced to open their hands wider than their natural span.  The reduced hand span also allows the locking operation of the plier one-handed, leaving the other hand free for the end-user to support themselves on a ladder or while working under a vehicle.


Primary end-users for the pliers include automotive mechanics, welders, contractors (especially in the metal framing industry) MRO’s, and DIYer’s. Primary uses include holding/clamping, bolt and fastener removal, automotive repairs, welding, and soldering pipe. The design of the pliers allows for them to be used in most welding/metalworking applications, due to the absent upper grip and minimalist lower grip; a design that is less susceptible to weld spatter.