So recently I was doing some work and I decided to open my American made tool box that I bought recently to look at my American made locking pliers. Then I realized, that given there is several variations and some have even been discontinued, I figured why not take a picture of the styles I do own. I am not sure if I currently have images of all the styles, but I do have some.
Essentially these are all the locking pliers I below and all of them are American made as I mentioned earlier. I don't have complete sets though of any style. But time permitting I would like to post some images of the ones I own individually.
EDIT: Photobucket keeps on providing invalid links to the images, so I am not sure what to do as I continue to type in the same URL over and over again. I'll do what I can, but not sure what else I can do.
To start I'll list the 20R chain Vise Grip I once owned.
Now I think this was made well before Petersen became one with American Tools, but I don't have the original box to prove that. The lever doesn't even mention the coo or anything but the patent numbers. I literally can only guess the age here, but I'd say 80's.
Secondly, is the 4 inch bent nose needle nose Vise Grips I own. Apparently these have been discontinued, but I am not sure how long. I've heard 1992 as well as 1994, but no clue. Apparently there were two other sizes, 6BN and 9BN as well. I've only seen those with the 1994 date stamp.
Third is swivel clamp style and the one I own is 6 inches. There are several other sizes such as 4 inch and larger as well.
Next is the discontinued style 6LC large jaw Vise Grips. Mine was made in USA as well as in the year 2000 by American Tools. There is larger version 12LC as well.
Below is a image of my USA made Crescent 11 inch clamps without the swivel pads. I think these were made in the early 90's.
Apparently there is only one style of sheet metal Vise Grips and I own these as well. Although these say Irwin, these are American made and I think these were made in 2003.
I recently found out wrench variations of Vise Grips exist and managed to pick up a old stock USA made American Tool 7 inch locking wrench. There is a 4W, 7W and 10W style.
I believe these are the curved line of Vise Grips and the smallest that I know without the wire cutter is 5 inches, but there is a 7 inch and 10 inch variation as well. Mine are from the 80's though I think.
The next style that I personally own is the regular needle nose design. There is a 4 inch, 6 inch and 9 inch style of these. For some reason Irwin in 2003 decided not to state these are six inches, so I'll do so here.
Here is a image of a Petersen made, but Wilde branded 4 inch toggle locking pliers. I spoke to Lucas who is the grandson of the original Mr. Wilde and these were made in early 1980's.
Apparently locking pliers are also called toggle lock pliers as well.
There is also the curved straight variation of Vise Grips and I think they come in 4, 5, 7 and 10 sizes. The one you see below is the before Rubbermaid truly took over American Tools.
These are all the locking pliers I currently own. Below is a better image of my USA made Craftsman 5 inch seemingly curved jaw locking pliers and a better image of my USA made Crescent 7 inch straight locking pliers.
Now for the seven inch Crescent locking pliers.
There are other styles of locking pliers, such as pinch off, welders, parallel and at one time a Vise Grip multi tool with a 6LC large jaw and a 5WR curved jaw. Not sure if I missed any other styles though.