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?
Milwaukee China probably.
I assume since its not in the post it is not USA made but the other locking pliers they make are nice tools if that matters at all.
Is the red adjustment screw metal or plastic? From the picture it looks like it could be plastic.
They are metal…
From pics on the older gen ones I thought the same thing that it was some high grade plastic, then I picked up a set in HD, like others said it is metal.
Milwaukee tool Steve
I posted this comment before but for some reason I didn’t go through
look whats new in the Milwaukee world
Huh, funny. I have the same curved style from vise grip that i had to weld a 3/8″ nut onto to make just like this new milwaukee tool for that one time i did need that little extra to keep a project from slipping. I believe it was a brass nut that screws into the propane tank, it had been rounded off from an employee trying to “righty-tighty & lefty-loosey”
That kind do of modification is exactly what inspired the Milwaukee Torque Lock adjustment design.
What im saying is i got my idea from milwaukee. But they didnt sell a curved jaw locking plier like this so i had to make my own. And NOW they make it, a day late and a dollar short from when i needed it.
The adjustment knob looks goofy. I’ll stick with Grip-On
While I also like the Grip-On and Bessey varieties of what’s come to be generically known as “Vise Grips”, the Milwaukee adjustment knob is probably just in response to how folks have modified their old original Petersen (made in Nebraska) Vise Grips for years. Welding on a nut or replacing the adjusting screw with an eye-bolt was very common. Maybe less common was what I did by welding on a 1/4-20 stud on the body (top) of some of mine so I could screw on a Leica ball joint camera holder.
I welded a coupling but o to the adjustment bolt of a couple pair of my old Vise-Grips. I could then use them with a slide hammer. Also, thread in an eyebolt, attatch a cord, and they were great for pulling sheet metal into place on the roof of a warehouse. They had a lift to bring the sheets to roof level, but we had to pull the I dividual sheets I to position, up to the peak. Milwaukee took that idea and incorporated an eye in the bolt from the start.
Sort of like this add-on from Morgan:
Anybody else getting annoyed of these Google ads you slightly touch to scroll down and it opens up the page
Yours is the only complaint I’ve heard about it. I just checked and I can’t reproduce the problem. I’m scrolling right over the ads, back and forth, and none of them are registering as presses. I would have to very deliberately press and release an ad very quickly with no scrolling movement to register a key press.