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11 in. Swivel Pad Locking Pliers

I seen these on sale at Harbor Freight and thought I'd pick up a few. Anybody have these and work okay. I also saw these at Northern Tool for the same price as well. Better/worse or all the same?
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I don't have the harbor freight ones....but I have one or two of another brand. They're pretty handy to have, and I've had moderate luck with harbor freight hand tools.....They've been OK....There isn't much that can be screwed up on something that simple....

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I don't have the harbor freight ones....but I have one or two of another brand. They're pretty handy to have, and I've had moderate luck with harbor freight hand tools.....They've been OK....There isn't much that can be screwed up on something that simple....
The reason I ask is I borrowed a couple at work and one wouldn't close/lock no matter what I did. So I didn't know if these things are know to fail when it comes to the imports or off brands...
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I have a different brand of welding clamps like that, that the jaws are about a foot long. They come in real handy with hard to reach places. Those HF clamps look good to. I will be looking to get me some.
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For 4.99 I think I may go pick up a few and try them out.....

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Rebel,we use the cheap ones as "donors" for custom applications,where we'll cut them up and reconfigure....tig'n back together.Or tig a half dz inline/spaced on a pce of bar stock.Cut and welded to a small pce of plate for a poor man's FF clamp.Holders on Tee track equip(slider TS).....etc,etc

We have a LOT of these,split about evenly between old vise grip brand and the newer Chinese vise grips and the HF donors.

The main issue with the cheapies is how BLOOMIN ROUGH the adj screw threads are.It's right up there with fingernails on a chalkbd as to it's effect.So take a little(or a lot) of time and wire wheel/clean up the male threads on the adjusters.Good luck with your project.

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Thk for the info. Will pick up some this week
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