Tekton sent over a few new tools for testing last week, and while there weren’t really any ground-breaking new developments, there were a couple of pliers that caught my attention despite looking a bit utilitarian and otherwise unremarkable.
I gave them a quick go and found that the pliers were actually pretty nice. Their pivots’ open/close actions were smooth. Jaws were nicely ground and had clean-cut jaws. Handles were comfortable to grasp. Whoa, these are some good pliers.
And then something caught my eye – these new pliers are all made in the USA!
Tekton Slip-Joint Pliers
The new slip-joint pliers have three gripping zones – a parallel area for gripping flat or boxy objects, a small curved jaw zone for gripping round and irregularly shaped items, and a larger round jaw zone for when you need max gripping capacity.
As with other slip-joint pliers, the pliers can be adjusted for extra-wide work-holding needs. The pivot hardware can be adjusted so that you can tweak the tools to your preferred tension. I found that the pliers’ factory-set pivot tension was perfect.
Prices range from $9 and change for the smallest size, to $13 for the largest.
Models: 6-1/2″ (37122), 8″ (37123 ), 10″ (37124).
Buy Now: 6-1/2-inch | 8-inch | 10-inch (via Amazon)
These remind me of the Wilde flush joint pliers I tested a while back, and are similarly priced, only more easily available.
Tekton Groove Joint (Tongue and Groove) Pliers
While I’m no longer as much a fan of tongue and groove pliers as I am quick-adjust pliers, I found myself impressed with Tekton’s latest offerings. The adjustable pliers are very solidly built, the parallel jaws are well-formed, and seemingly durable teeth are angled and ground for aggressive gripping power.
Adjusting the pliers isn’t any slower or quicker than with my favorite Channellock tongue and groove pliers.
As with the slip-joint pliers, you can tighten up or loosen the pivot nut to suit your preferences or to compensate for wear over time.
Prices range from $9 and change for the smallest size, to $25 for the largest. The pliers are all very reasonably priced, and I’m hoping that Tekton comes out with a set that helps make them even more affordable.
Models: 5″ (37521), 7″ (37523), 10″ (37524), 12-2/4″ (37525), 16″ (37526).
Buy Now: 5-inch | 7-inch | 10-inch | 12-3/4-inch | 16-inch
Tekton has come out with some very nice USA-made pliers that are affordably priced. These pliers don’t have premium handle grips or fancy cutting-edge features, but they also don’t have any gimmicks. They’re robust pliers that seem very well-suited for day-to-day use.
If you’re building up your tool collection, looking for some upgrades, or just like to try new tools, these are some fine value-priced USA-made pliers.
Thank you to Tekton for providing the review samples unconditionally. Review samples are typically given away, donated, or retained for editorial and comparison purposes.