Irwin 23EL5 Vise Grip 8-Inch Locking Sheet Metal Tool

IRWIN VISE-GRIP Original Locking Sheet Metal Tool, 8", 23

  • Makes bending, forming, and crimping sheet metal easier
  • Turn screw adjusts pressure to fit work
  • Constructed of high-grade heat-treated alloy steel for durability
  • Classic trigger release designed to provide maximum locking force
  • Stays adjusted for repetitive use
The IRWIN VISE-GRIP Original Locking Sheet Metal Tool, 8", makes bending, forming, and crimping sheet metal easier than ever. Constructed of high-grade heat-treated alloy steel for maximum toughness and durability, this metal bender also features the original locking mechanism that made VISE-GRIP famous. A turn screw adjusts pressure to fit work, and stays adjusted for repetitive use while the classic trigger release delivers maximum locking force. Backed by the IRWIN Lifetime Guarantee.

List Price: $ 22.40 Price: $ 13.43

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4 Responses to Irwin 23EL5 Vise Grip 8-Inch Locking Sheet Metal Tool

  1. Old Geezer says:
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    More Uses Than You’d Think, June 25, 2000
    By A Customer

    Vise-grip products are pretty sturdy and can take a lot of abuse. The sheet-metal tool is no exception. It not only will clamp and hold a wider surface area than other grips, you can use it to get a nice, crisp fold in a variety of metals. Sheets that are longer than the jaw of the tool are not a problem–you can just move the tool along and there is no buckle or fold between the placements.

    I’m a tinsmith, and I use this tool pretty regularly. There are more expensive such tools around, with compound action, etc., but unless you use such a tool professionally and/or on extremely heavy-duty material, this is the best bang for the buck. And, once you have one, you’ll wonder how you went so long without it.

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  2. Faithwalker says:
    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Every Coin Has Two Sides, March 10, 2012
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    Old Geezer (Silicon Valley) –

    This review is from: Irwin 23EL5 Vise Grip 8-Inch Locking Sheet Metal Tool (Tools & Home Improvement)

    In all fairness

    1. The jaws are indeed bowed – on purpose. Since the jaws are relatively thin (as compared to a bench vise), they can flex slightly when clamped. This has the effect of reducing the clamping force at outer corners of flat jaws. To compensate, the jaws are bowed slightly to preload them when clamped. So when the jaws are clamped, the bow flattens out to create 100% contact with the workpiece. You can see the same thing at work in big semi-trailers, especially the open flat beds. When empty, the trailer arches noticibly upward, but the arch flattens out when loaded with cargo.

    2. Newell Rubbermaid did indeed close the DeWitt, OK plant, and American jobs were lost, but the operations are now in Taiwan, which not exactly China (especially in the minds of the Taiwanese). In reality, mainland China can produce products of very high quality – when contracted and paid to do so. The Taiwanese can and usually do even better – look up semiconductor giant TSMC. Ultimately the sad truth is that chintzy tools can be made anywhere in the world.

    3. Having used vise-grips of all kinds for almost 50 years, I frankly don’t see any difference in quality between those made in the US and those made in Taiwan. The Vise-Grip brand still counts for better quality than the knock-offs. None of them are precision tools – they’re just four link pliers that lock. But like duct tape, vise grips fill a niche well enough that both have become icons.

    So bottom line, I give them four out of five stars – say an 85%, which is a “B” grade. Accordingly they will handle 85% of the work thrown at them.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good, April 14, 2011
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    This review is from: Irwin 23EL5 Vise Grip 8-Inch Locking Sheet Metal Tool (Tools & Home Improvement)

    Good price, good product, fine service, what else is there?
    Only “issue” is the flat area has a bit of a bow; clamps the outside edges without clamping the center of .040 or thinner materials.

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