Gedore’s 137 Grip Wrench is a special style of locking pliers that’s designed for use in tight spaces and on worn fasteners. Gedore calls this a problem-solver for vehicles and industrial purposes. These pliers are available in a range of sizes, from 10mm to 27mm.
This looks like a cross between Irwin’s Vise Grip wrench and a line wrench.
While the Gedore wrench does look compelling, I wonder as to its real-world usefulness. Then again, Gedore wouldn’t make this in 15 sizes if there wasn’t a market for them.
I’ve owned a 7″ Irwin Vise Grip wrench, model 7LW for over 7 years now. 7-1/2 years, and I cannot remember one time when it was the only tool that could get a job done. I’ve used it a number of times – none in recent years – but those times I was thinking that I really should just use this tool for something.
Gedore’s wrench looks to have more tight-space-friendly jaws, and the line wrench style jaw profile could be handier. But, when the GAS (gear acquisition goggles) are off, it looks like another tool that’s better suited for very specific specialty applications rather than general purpose needs. Especially when you consider that the jaws aren’t very adjustable and that you need a different size for different sized metric fasteners.
File this tool in the back of your memory, for when you come across mangled or hard-to-remove fasteners of the same size over and over.
These pliers aren’t cheap – they start at about $100 each.
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