Locking pliers


Locking pliers
Locking pliers
Small locking pliers holding a pencil

Locking pliers, Mole grips (Mole wrench) or Vise-Grips are pliers that can be locked into position, using an over-center action. One side of the handle includes a bolt that is used to adjust the spacing of the jaws, the other side of the handle (especially in larger models) often includes a lever to push the two sides of the handles apart to unlock the pliers. "Mole" and "Vise-Grip" are trade names of different brands of locking pliers.

Locking pliers are available in many different configurations, such as needle-nose locking pliers, locking wrenches, locking clamps and various shapes to fix metal parts for welding. They also come in many sizes. Leatherman manufactures a multitool, the Leatherman Crunch, which includes locking pliers instead of regular pliers, and which folds together to the size of other multitools.[1]

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Operation

The jaws are set to a size slightly smaller than what is to be gripped by turning the bolt in one handle with the jaws closed. When the jaws are opened and the handles squeezed together, they move a lever over its center point and lock the jaw of the pliers onto the gripped object. A typical usage would be to hold metal parts in place for welding.

History

The first locking pliers, named Vise-Grips, were invented by William Petersen in De Witt, Nebraska in 1924.[2] Mole grips were developed by Thomas Coughtrie in 1955, then managing director of M. K. Mole and Son.[3]

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