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IRWIN Tools VISE-GRIP Pliers, Long Nose Ergonomic Multi Plier, 8-inch Review

These IRWIN Long Nose Multi-pliers feature a 62 degree angled head containing ribbed needle nose end, indentations for 12AWG & 14AWG solid wire(14AWG & 16AWG stranded wire), a spot for wire crimping below that and the inner portion has a 3/4" long cutting strip. The handles are comfortable, they're molded rubber and contoured as well, providing cushion while cutting, crimping or clamping with the needle nose end.

The pliers also have a locking tab--shown above in yellow--for storing them in the closed position.. The item description advertises that it also prevent accidental drops.. It only locks in one position(completely closed) so it's not like you can apply pressure to a wire you're gripping and then switch on the locking tab to hold it in that position. Once locked, the pliers extend open a bit leaving a gap when closed. Makes it sort of worthless for that application to be honest. They also sport two lanyard holes on the bottom for strap attachments.

The cutting portion of the pliers is able to fit a number of wires at once into it making it useful for one clean cut across a set of wires. The wire crimper on the other hand isn't that great in my opinion. I tried using it for small gauge butt connectors and there's just not enough leverage in the handles to get a proper crimp with them.

The right side of the pliers can securely hold bolts as low as 10mm and up to 17mm. If you're like most handymen, you'll probably have sockets and wrenches for this purpose so you'll seldom use this additional feature, unless you're planning on using as few tools as possible

I've used these a number of times now for removing twist bulb sockets on vehicles; the angle is helpful for hard to reach areas. Aside from that, I have better choices in my toolbox when it comes to angled-pliers. These are in no means poor pliers, the build quality is quite nice and they are multipurose. But when it comes to cutting and crimping, my go-to is still my trusty old angled Blue Point pliers.



Ergonomic grip

Great cutter

Helpful angle



Poor leverage

Weak locking tab



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