Gadgets have always been something that I am drawn to, and when I walked by a display of Task Force 4″ Locking Pliers at my local Lowe’s store, I showed them to my husband. He replied “Well, get one!”. I did, and I was able to use it that very day, showing him that this was indeed a very smart purchase, for only $1.98.
If you have ever used a pair of Vice Grips, these Task Force 4″ Locking Pliers are very similar, only they are in miniature form. The pliers are only four inches long, and are a silver color. They are made from carbon steel with a silver colored nickel finish.
There is a small screw at the end of one of the handles that opens or closes the jaws or teeth when you turn it, and it has a capacity of holding objects just over an inch in diameter. When you get the clamps or jaws onto your object, you then squeeze the handles together and this locks the teeth in place. You can then use the tool to tighten, clamp, twist or turn your object.
Today my husband and I were installing new light fixtures in our newly remodeled master bathroom, and the base of the light was sticking out too far from the wall. We needed to turn the screws back into the wall slightly, but the area we had to work in was very limited and the screw would not turn my hand or by using a regular pliers. I remembered we had the Task Force 4″ Locking Pliers and my husband got them for me. I was amazed by the holding and turning power of this little 4 inch tool! It worked perfectly. I needed to be sure that I didn’t clamp too close to the end of the screw, because I didn’t want to ruin the threads for when we needed to place the finials on the front of the light fixture.
We have a full sized tool called a Vice Grips, and it looks identical to this Task Force 4″ Locking Pliers. The smaller version is perfect if you are working in tight quarters, or need a tool for a small object. Both tools are valuable to have in ones tool box, and I am sure I will come up with a lot of uses for this mini vice grips since I am a home owner. For the price, you can’t beat it!