Irwin, now under Stanley Black & Decker ownership, has come out with a new line of Vise-Grip Fast Release locking pliers, featuring some changes and improvements compared to previous models.
The most significant improvement is made to the 10″ and 11″ Vise-Grip locking pliers, which have a reduced hand span design, meaning that the handles are closer together and easier to grip when open. Irwin says that smaller spread makes it easier for gripping, squeezing, and releasing the locking pliers. The reduced opening width is said to be 20% narrower, with their example showing a 5.32″ opening span with one of the new pliers, compared to 6.98″ with the previous generation of Irwin Vise-Grip Fast Release locking pliers.
The reduced span allows for one-handed operation, which frees up the user’s second hand to hold work, or to support themselves on a ladder or when working underneath a vehicle