Kobalt has come out with new Magnum Grip pliers. You might remember the Kobalt Magnum Pliers from last year, but these to me look sturdier and more functional.
Kobalt’s original Magnum Grip self-adjusting kind-of-locking pliers were okay, but I didn’t really like them much. They were somewhat clunky and not very comfortable to use.
Update: Check out our review of the Kobalt Magnum Grip Locking Pliers!
These new Magnum Grips look substantially better, with their beefier jaws, larger handles, and seemingly better cushioned handle grip liners.
The new pliers are self-adjusting, so a quick squeeze is all you need to grab onto small parts and workpieces, and a thumb screw at the base of the handle is used to adjust the jaw pressure and gripping strength.
For $20 you get two Kobalt Magnum Grip locking pliers – small (6-inch), and large (9-inch).
Update: Special holiday price is $15.
These new Magnum Grip self-adjusting locking pliers might actually find a place in my tool box, but possibly not – it depends on how well they’re made. I was optimistic about the original Kobalt Magnum Grip pliers that came out a year ago, but ultimately liked Husky’s auto-adjusting pliers a lot better. They sold quite well and appear to be reasonably positively reviewed by Lowes customers, so my opinion is in the minority.
The new Kobalt pliers seems more akin to CH Hanson Automatic locking pliers and Kreg Automaxx locking clamps than the last year’s original Magnum Grip pliers, but I suppose the execs at Lowes and Kobalt really liked the Magnum Grip name. Personally, I think the new pliers should have received new distinct branding.
It’s difficult to gauge the pliers’ quality without testing them, but it looks like the jaws are beefier, construction is more robust with thicker steel, and the handles look more comfortable.