VamPLIERS Solve Problems

In our many decades building (wrenching on) airplanes, we've run into our fair share of stripped and buggered up screws. Getting them out has always been a challenge - especially since the typical "EZ-Outs" tend to be for bolts and fasteners larger than #6 or #8. So we were excited to give the VamPLIERS a try when an evaluation set showed up in the mail. We were impressed with the units (we got a large and small one) robust and finishes appearance, and they felt solid in the hand - a good sign for any tool. The secret to these pliers seems to be flat-cut edges and corners, curves in the right places, and teeth inside the jaws - the look mean and ready to go to work!

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In the box were a couple of demo blocks - thick aluminum cubes that had been drilled and tapped, with screws inserted - and the Phillips heads stripped out. Chucking them up in the vice, we found that even the thin pan-head screw was easy to grab with the VamPliers. The pliers grab just about any protruding fastener better than anything we have ever used.

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One thing they won't do, of course, is to grab a countersunk screw that is set tight with a stripped out head - you need to have something protruding for the VamPliers to grip. But I have often run in to cases where I have had to drill out a countersunk screw and then remove the rest of the shank from a nut plate from the front or back side - and the VamPLIERS did a great job of gripping the remains to get it out.

We think these are a very useful addition to the tool box, and worth a look if you have stubborn or stuck fasteners that need to be wrestled into submission.

More information: Aircraft Tool Supply Company.

 

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