Crescent has recently come out with new Pivot Pro compound leverage pliers and cutters. The new Crescent pliers are identical to the Gearwrench Pivot Force pliers and cutters, which isn’t surprising since both brands are owned by the Apex Tool Group. There is an exception – the Crescent pliers have thicker comfort-grip handles.
In addition to the diagonal cutter and long nose pliers that are also found under Gearwrench branding, Crescent has also come out with Pivot Pro Linesman pliers.
Prices: $18-$20 each, $35 for 2-piece set
I was somewhat impressed with the performance of the Gearwrench PivotForce cutters, and assume that these Crescent pliers and cutters roll off of the same assembly line. While I am okay with simple vinyl-dipped handles, I like the idea of Crescent’s thicker handle grips.
The downside to compound-leverage pliers like these is that the handles spread further apart and the jaws open to a lesser extent, than with ordinary pliers. But, this is pretty much the only way to multiply leverage without stepping up to larger pliers with longer handles.
These pliers, like the Gearwrench ones, straddle the line between innovation and gimmick, but I find them to be well within the innovation side of things. The concept behind these pliers isn’t exactly new, as I’ve seen similar designs in NWS Fantastico cutters and Knipex TwinForce cutters, but the execution looks sound.