Dewalt has announced that they will be coming out with a whole new line of professional-grade locking pliers. The new pliers are made from chrome vanadium steel with a tough corrosion resistant finish, and feature a new Tough-Lock locking feature to help prevent unintentional release.
This news comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Stanley’s Proto brand offers relabeled Grip-On locking pliers, while the Blackhawk and Stanley MaxSteel brands offer imported Grip-On-style pliers. (Check out our review of Blackhawk’s locking pliers.)
Dewalt’s newly designed locking pliers feature aggressively toothed jaws. This helps improve gripping power, but will also increase the extent of damage or gouging the pliers will inflict on worked objects and materials.
Dewalt Locking Pliers Sizes and Styles:
- 6″ Long Nose, DWHT70864
- 7″ Curved Jaw, DWHT70862
- 7″ Straight Jaw, DWHT70863
- 9″ Curved Jaw, DWHT70865
- 9″ Straight Jaw, DWHT70866
- 9″ Long Nose, DWHT70867
The pliers will be approximately priced at $13 (7″ sizes) and $14 (all other sizes and styles), and will be available at mass retailers and independent retailers starting in December 2013.
Update: Dewalt’s new locking pliers are “on hold,” with no expected release date yet.
At these prices, the new locking pliers are almost certainly made in China.
These new Dewalt locking pliers look to be bulkier and more aggressively toothed than the Grip-On and Vise Grip locking pliers I use and love. The Tough-Lock secondary lock is an interesting feature, but I can’t say unintentional or premature handle release is an issue I have much experience with. Maybe it’s something I have come across but did not take note of.
I find it interesting that the curved jaw pliers have angled teeth. If the pliers are used to rotate a hard-to-grip material, the material might slip across some of the teeth. But on the other side, the opposing angled teeth might dig in deeper. So where’s the advantage compared to the not-so-aggressively-toothed locking pliers already on the market?