Milwaukee has added a new style of locking pliers to their Torque Lock locking pliers product line: MAX BITE curved-jaw pliers that are said to provide greater gripping force compared to standard curved jaw locking pliers.
These new Milwaukee Max Bite Torque Lock locking pliers will be available in 7″ and 10″ sizes, and you have the choice between bare metal and overmolded comfort handle grips.
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Milwaukee says that the new design is ideal for the professional tradesman working extensively with round pipe, smaller diameter iron pipe, or places where a pipe wrench can’t reach.
The MAX BITE part refers to the powerful lower jaw that increases the pliers’ gripping power as force is applied to the handle. Milwaukee says that it gives users 3X the gripping power.
From the looks of it, I’d say that you definitely shouldn’t use these on softer materials, or where marring would be undesirable. Then again, nothing about “MAX BITE” suggests that they’d be okay for use on delicate or finished materials.
Models, Options, and Pricing
- 48-22-3607 7″ MAX BITE ($13)
- 48-22-3610 10″ MAX BITE ($14)
- 48-22-3707 7″ MAX BITE Gripped ($14)
- 48-22-3710 10″ MAX BITE Gripped ($15)
ETA: April 2016
If you need super-strong locking pliers for gripping onto pipes and similar materials, these look to be worth trying.
Milwaukee says that they grip materials up to 3X stronger compared to traditional curved jaw locking pliers. I’ve slipped locking pliers on black pipe before. A stronger grip sounds good to me!
If you give these a try, please let us know how well you like them! It’s been a while since I’ve used locking pliers on steel or iron pipe, and I don’t think a lab test would do them much justice.
I’m quite fond of Milwaukee’s Torque Lock locking pliers, although I do wish they went with Grip-on-style release lever, rather than Vise-Grip’s style. That brings up another reminder – did you know that Milwaukee also makes quick release locking pliers?