How to Choose the Best Mole Grips
Whether you refer to them as mole grips, vice grips or locking pliers, this is an incredibly handy tool that allows the user to apply great force in a controlled manner.
As with many tools, the mole grips’ core strength comes from high carbon steel. In order to protect them, they are often plated with chrome or nickel to avoid rust.
Mole grips are available in a wide range of sizes and jaw shapes. The more basic versions have straight jaws for gripping flat objects or bolt heads, but curved and serrated jaws are much more versatile when it comes to gripping obscure objects.
Locking pliers’ grip strength comes from their lever action. Unlike regular pliers, you are applying a mechanical advantage to your hand strength for an extra-secure grip.
The other brilliant feature of mole grips is the ability to leave the pliers locked onto the workpiece without holding on. Acting like a “third hand”, these are vital tools for the solo worker.
By setting mole grips to a slightly smaller diameter than the workpiece that needs clamping, you can grip parts tightly together without damaging the workpiece.
Mole Grips FAQ
How Do I Use Mole Grips?
With the locking pliers closed, turn the bolt at the foot of the adjustable grips until the jaw grips are open enough to accommodate the workpiece.
Now, turn the bolt to close the locking pliers slightly and open the mechanism. When you close the pliers onto the workpiece, they will grip firmly and remain in place. When you want to release them, pull the lever and they will spring off.