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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 20, 9:36 PM Thread Starter
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U.S.A. Tools Again

I was at Home Depot today and seen some US forged steel tools, nice to see that on shelves again, or more of anyway
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Channel Lock always has been USA.

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Channel locks and Vise Grips have always worked well..
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I have a couple Irwin vise grips but thought they were made OS ? I'll have to take a look


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I have a couple Irwin vise grips but thought they were made OS ? I'll have to take a look
When Irwin Tools bought Vice Grips the first thing they did was offshore the manufacturing and close plants in the US.

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Yeah I couldn't find any USA marking on mine, my old 8" & 10" Channel locks are made here
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When Irwin Tools bought Vice Grips the first thing they did was offshore the manufacturing and close plants in the US.
I could be wrong but I believe Vise Grip tools were originally made in Hastings Ne. before Irwin bought them out

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Yep, I was wrong....Dewitt Ne.
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Yep, I was wrong....Dewitt Ne.
Yep, practically killed the town when Irwin closed the office and manufacturing in DeWitt.

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Channellocks when compared to Knipex (ˈknɪpɛks) a German manufactured plier, there is no comparison to any bodies pliers . As for vise-grips, they are the leader for locking pliers but there other pliers are also no comparison to Knipex.

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I have a couple of Knipex cobra pliers, great german made pliers, a few of the teeth have squished down on my vise grips, I need to hit a flea market or yard sale


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I have a couple of Knipex cobra pliers, great german made pliers, a few of the teeth have squished down on my vise grips, I need to hit a flea market or yard sale
I have a triangle shaped file that I use to clean up the teeth on my Visegrips and Channellocks that are damaged. I beat the cr#p out of my pliars when working and usually they clean up nice with a file without having to replace them.Right now I have a needle nosed vice grip that is due to get retired, it's beat up that bad.
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That's a good idea I think I have a triangle file or I'm getting one


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I've already held a broken leaf spring together with two pairs of Vise grips and drove home 40 miles.. The car 66 Fairlane GT390 was crabbing like crazy lol...
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I've already held a broken leaf spring together with two pairs of Vise grips and drove home 40 miles.. The car 66 Fairlane GT390 was crabbing like crazy lol...
Back in the 80's a buddy used a screwdriver and a pair of vice grips as a clutch rod on his CJ to get home, I used one once on something to hold an alternator bracket tight. I didn't have a wrench to tighten it, but levered it and clamped it.
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