Updated March 25, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Locking Pliers Sets

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This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in April of 2016. Whether you need to remove a stuck nut or bolt, clamp together metal while welding, or bend hot steel in your metalworking project, you'll need strength, leverage, and a vise-like grip. The right pair of locking pliers can help you safely complete any of these tasks and more. Choose from our selection of various sizes and styles to find the set that's perfect for you. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best locking pliers set on Amazon.

10. Craftsman Evolv

9. Stanley 94-960

8. Irwin VISE-GRIP

7. Proto Blackhawk

6. MaxPower KitBag

5. Irwin 1078

4. Crescent CLP-5SETN

3. Grip-On GK500

2. WorkPro 3-Piece

1. Stanley Proto XL

Editor's Notes

March 22, 2019:

Locking pliers are commonly known as vise-grips, which happens to be the trademarked named of one of the original and wildly popular models. While Irwin's Vise-Grips are still a formidable choice, they're not necessarily the be-all and end-all of locking pliers, though. Depending on your use case, you can spend anywhere from a few dollars to a couple hundred on a good set. If you mostly need them for minor repairs around the house or small crafting projects, the WorkPro are hard to beat, due to their general reliability and extremely low price. The Crescent are of similarly high value. Stanley and Craftsman are another two very well-known brands, and their entry-level models are of good quality. If you'll be using them a lot, it may be worth the upgrade to the Proto Blackhawk, which are also made by Stanley, only to a slightly higher standard than others. The Grip-On set comes with great reviews from users and experts, and with 5 pieces, it offers plenty of versatility. If you've got specialized projects in mind, consider the MaxPower KitBag, which provides some unconventional jaw shapes that can make difficult jobs far easier. But if you're looking for the very best, Stanley's Proto XL line is it. It's crafted of the finest materials, and made with a close eye on quality and close tolerances.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on March 25, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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