Working on a project, whether at home or work, you reach for the stuff that works. When we first picked up the Irwin Groove Lock adjustable pliers, we were less than stunned, but they were a decent quality tool for the price so we threw them in the tool cart. Over time, we found we’d choose these over almost any other adjustable pliers out there.
Two things really drive this decision. The first is sheer convenience. The groove locks are just easy to adjust and manipulate; it’s that simple. Push the big round button, adjust the jaws, and let go of the big round button — simple.
The other reason we reach for these pliers is feel. Whether they’re removing a stubborn radiator hose clamp or grabbing hold of a messed-up fastener, the Irwin pliers just feel right in your hands. We like that.
The local big box sells ’em for around $23, which is on the high side of what we’d normally like to pay for something like this, but well worth the investment.