Skil’s new 8-inch Ratch-N-Lock pliers are self-adjusting ratcheting locking pliers that just came out for the 2013 holiday season. Skil claims that they replace a whole assortment of pliers, wrenches, locking pliers, clamps, and sockets, and even say that this may be the most useful tool ever developed.
The pliers look a little bulky to me, but you can’t really judge a tool by how it looks. For instance, the new Kobalt Magnum Grip locking pliers and Kobalt Triple Cut multi-cutters are great examples of tools that look useful but perform terribly.
After Fred mentioned the Ratch-N-Lock pliers in a comment earlier today, I placed an order for one and will soon be on my way to pick it up at the local Home Depot. Fred mentioned not being impressed with the pliers, but I feel compelled to test them out for myself.
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
The 8″ Skil Ratch-N-Lock pliers are priced at $20.
These pliers are made for Skil by Iron Bridge Tools, an OEM company I typically associate with cheap gimmicky tools. Hopefully the Ratch-N-Lock is able to change my feelings about the brand.
Here’s a quick TV commercial-style video that shows how they work: