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    I am trying to find what we used to call Speedy slip joint pliers (or channelocks). These are just like regular channelocks but they slide open and closed without having to fully open the handles.

    I have been told by my wholesaler that Ridgid has discontinued these and I am trying to track down a few pair of them, even if they are used.

    Can anyone help?

    Thanks

  • #2
    Re: Speedy Channelocks

    Are you talking about the Robo Grip?



    http://www99.epinions.com/pr-Shop_To...p_Pliers_RG10V

    I think sears still sells something like the RoboGrip but its not RIDGID anymore.

    Josh

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    • #3
      Re: Speedy Channelocks

      Maybe these?

      http://www.robogrip.com/index.html - Applied Concepts, Inc.

      http://www.knipex.com/index.php?id=7...#37;2011%20250
      Last edited by Woussko; 03-16-2007, 11:18 AM.

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      • #4
        Re: Speedy Channelocks

        Wheeler/rex makes 3 different sizes. www.wheelerrex.com
        or rothenberger tools make similar ones
        Good Luck

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        • #5
          Re: Speedy Channelocks

          I have used Channelocks #420 & #440 for many years.
          Recently I got a pair of Knipex Mini-Cobra #87 01 180 pliers. They have some advantages over slip-joint pliers like Channelocks. The small pair (180mm/~7") are great to keep in your pocket. They open wide and adjust fast with just a push of the button on the side. The jaws are narrow so they can fit into tight spaces too.

          http://www.knipex.com/index.php?id=16&L=1&grpID=17
          "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
          John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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          • #6
            Re: Speedy Channelocks

            I've used them, and to be honest with you, I like the traditional Channel Locks.
            the dog

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            • #7
              Re: Speedy Channelocks

              Originally posted by plumbdog10 View Post
              I've used them, and to be honest with you, I like the traditional Channel Locks.
              the 426,430 and 460 are the ones that i use most.

              the 420 is 1 notch under a 1.5'' slip nut or trap. the 426 is great for repairs and the 460 is my monster to get off 4'' blind plugs

              i've tried the rest and channelocks are the best

              rick.
              phoebe it is

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              • #8
                Re: Speedy Channelocks

                I've got 2 toolbox drawers full of Snap-on and Knipex pliers, mostly for automotive work.
                For everyday use I like my Channellock Griplock and the 400 series pliers.

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                • #9
                  Re: Speedy Channelocks

                  The Irwin GrooveLock Pliers are really cool in that you can just push the button to release the lock mechanism and adjust the plier to the necessary size. They have them from 8" to 20" sizes.
                  Phil
                  Tools Rule

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                  • #10
                    Re: Speedy Channelocks

                    When you need tuff groove & tongue pliers to "Bust It Loose" these are great.
                    http://www.channellock.com/acb/store...8482__P1C6.cfm
                    They work wonders on rounded off hex heads and nuts.

                    When I don't want teeth marks, these are what I like.
                    http://www.channellock.com/acb/store..._Tongu_P93.cfm
                    Last edited by Woussko; 03-23-2007, 09:06 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Speedy Channelocks

                      I value my Channellock 430 and V-jaw 442 tonge & groove pliers over any other. In pliers I've found genuine Channellock pliers to be one of the highest quality tools still available. The best part is that they are relatively very inexpensive and easy to find at any hardware store or big-box home center, and they are still "Made in the U.S.A." You just can't go wrong with a genuine Channellock, my opinion.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Speedy Channelocks

                        I believe that Plumbest makes a set other than the traditional channelocks. The ones I have seen have red handles usually and are sold at plumbing supply houses.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Speedy Channelocks

                          Red Handle Channel Locks ( I believe they were Channel-Lock Brand , anybody seen Channel Lock Brand with a textured red handle?).... I just turned in a set of these back to the supply house.

                          I actually busted one of the slip joint ridges while turniing a 3/4" nipple, I'm not superman either...

                          I'm gonna stay away from the red handles...
                          Last edited by OkieBill; 02-11-2010, 03:35 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Speedy Channelocks

                            I think the Knipex Cobra is the best plier out there.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Speedy Channelocks

                              Rick, you use those whimpy little 460's?

                              I use the Big Azz pliers myself!
                              www.ClinkscalesSeptic.com

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