Milwaukee recently released a new line of Torque Lock pliers and clamps. Instead of the usual adjuster screw they have a thumb screw with a hole through it. The greater width of the thumb screw makes it easier to apply force while tightening the grip by hand. When that’s not enough there’s the option to put a screwdriver through the hole and really crank down. The thumb screw looks like it’s made from plastic, but is in fact made from steel with some kind of red paint or powder coat finish. The idea for the thumb screw came from the jobsite, where Milwaukee observers saw locking pliers that tradesmen had altered by welding loops onto the ends of the screws.
Each Torque Lock tool has hardened jaws, a chrome-plated forged steel body, and plain steel grips. The steel grip models listed below are currently available and cost between $12 and $23. If Home Depot’s website is to believed (click here and scroll down the page), a series of regular and long nose Torque Lock pliers with nonslip molded grips is on the way.
48-22-3420 10" TORQUE LOCK Curved Jaw Locking Pliers
48-22-3510 10" TORQUE LOCK Straight Jaw Locking Pliers
48-22-3507 7" TORQUE LOCK Straight Jaw Locking Pliers
48-22-3521 11" TORQUE LOCK Locking C-Clamp Swivel Jaws
48-22-3522 6" TORQUE LOCK Locking C-Clamp Swivel Jaws
48-22-3531 11" TORQUE LOCK Locking C-Clamp Regular Jaws
48-22-3532 6" TORQUE LOCK Locking C-Clamp Regular Jaws
Country of origin: Taiwan
Price: $12 to $23