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Grip-on designed the Door Wizard for the maintenance and installation of doors.  Like a smaller version of the heavy-equipment lift bags, the Door Wizard’s bag raises or lowers the door, while two door-grip pliers keep the door aligned with the hinges.

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Grip-on’s oddly shaped locking plier not only gives you 50% more force when you’re twisting it — the 70º-angled design also reduces strain on your wrist by keeping it straight.  What’s more, the compact design lets this locking plier fit in places where no other plier can go.

You operate this 8″ plier one-handed, gripping it between your palm and fingers and using your thumb to adjust and release the jaws.  The jaws open as wide as 1-5/8″, and they’ve got both straight and curved portions for use in multiple applications.

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This totally looks like something we’d cook up in the shop a week before Christmas when we’re under massive pressure from the family to put the tree up because we’ve been, um, busy with something or the other and haven’t yet gotten around to it. 

We found this when we were poking around Grip-on’s (incredibly infuriating totally Flash-based) website looking at their clamps.  Besides trying (in vain, we believe) to ride Snap-on’s coattails with their “Trademark infringement?  Who me?” name, Grip-on’s strategy seems to be develop and sell anything we can think of and do with locking pliers.

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Here’s an idea we wish we’d thought of:  It’s a simple device that slips over a 5″, 7″, or 10″ locking tool — read Vise Grip or similar — and turns it into a handy vise.  It’s essentially a C-clamp (with a standard swivel pad and butterfly screw) with a holder for the locking tool.  Clamp it to your workbench (or whatever), insert the pliers, and you’re ready to go.

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At one time or another we have all managed to find ourselves in the middle of a project with a clamping nightmare that requires logic of epic proportions to solve.  Either the clamp is too big, the angle is too great, or the space is just too small to work with. 

Now here comes Grip-on Tools going big with “the world’s smallest locking tool” called the Micro Grip.  At 3.6 inches the Micro Grips’ advantages are immediately clear:  It fits into places other clamps can’t go.  But the real advantage is the straight line motion of its mobile jaw.

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