CHANNELLOCK – New Website, New Plier and Giveaway

By Todd Fratzel on Feature Story, Hand Tools, Product Reviews

CHANNELLOCK Website – New & Improved

CHANNELLOCK has been in business for almost 125 years and they are known for some of the best pliers that I’ve ever used. CHANNELLOCK recently introduced a new website featuring some great interactive videos and information to showcase all their products including pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers and an assortment of specialty tools.

The new Channellock.com was created in the same Americana voice as its current marketing campaign: Fiercely Made in Meadville, PA. The fresh design provides a more complete user experience that now enables visitors to purchase tools, learn about the company and interact with CHANNELLOCK® representatives like never before.

“We wanted to provide a more valuable interactive experience for both new and loyal Channellock customers,” said Ryan DeArment, vice president of sales and marketing at Channellock. “The new site celebrates our tool heritage, people and commitment to quality.”

CHANNELLOCK 6.5” 412 V-Jaw Plier

The folks from CHANNELLOCK were also kind enough to send us their new 6.5” 412 V-Jaw Plier to test out and also giveaway to one of our lucky readers! I’ve been using CHANNELLOCK pliers since I was a kid in my father and grandfather’s workshops. I’ve always said that once you own a pair of these they will be the last ones you ever buy and that’s still true today.

Press Release

The new 6.5” 412 V-Jaw tongue and groove plier from Channellock, Inc., is the latest from the company known worldwide for manufacturing quality pliers. This new tool offers professionals and DIYers the same quality design and right-angle, maximum-bite grip as the other CHANNELLOCK® V-Jaw pliers – only in a more compact frame, making it easier to work with smaller piping and tubing.

“Product innovation and quality manufacturing are our top priorities,” notes Ryan DeArment, vice president of sales and marketing at Channellock, Inc. “The development of the 6.5” V-Jaw plier was a direct response to feedback from trade professionals who said that a smaller plier would be helpful when working with smaller materials.”

Manufactured in Meadville, Pa., the 6.5” V-Jaw plier offers the same high quality and performance as the rest of the line but is designed to allow access to smaller spaces and provide a better fit for smaller pipes. Perfect for plumbers, HVAC contractors, electricians and DIYers, the 6.5” V-Jaw plier enables more points of contact on smaller round stock and tubing, and the right-angle teeth grip in all directions for maximum bite and minimum wear.

Further enhancing its performance is the undercut tongue-and-groove design of the 6.5” V-Jaw plier, which assures no slip jaw action. Additionally, its reinforced edge minimizes stress breakage, and the PermaLock® fastener eliminates nut and bolt failures. True of all CHANNELLOCK® pliers, the 6.5” V-Jaw plier is made from high-carbon C1080 steel for superior quality and performance, contains an electronic coating for rust prevention and includes the signature CHANNELLOCK BLUE® comfort grips.

Our Thoughts

What can I say? The new 6.5″ V-Jaw Plier is a really great “small” plier that’s able to get maximum grip in tight places. Traditionally pliers of this type have pretty long handles which is great when you need to get a grip on something large but often times those longer handles are hard to get into tight spots.

For me these are great in quite a few ways.

  • Much easier to fit these shorter 6.5″ long pliers in your tool pouch.
  • Much easier to fit into tight spaces like electrical boxes, under sinks, in cabinets, etc.
  • Great set of pliers to keep in that famous “junk drawer” that we all have in our kitchens for miscellaneous jobs.
  • Ultimately this list means the tools is great for plumbers, electricians, repairmen and even home improvement and DIY’ers.

Win A FREE Channellock 6.5″ V-Jaw Plier

One lucky winner is going to win the  new 6.5″ V-Jaw Plier. If you’d like a chance to win this great Channellock Plier then be sure to follow the directions carefully.

There are several ways to enter this giveaway. Please note that you only need to leave ONE comment for each method listed below. If that method gives multiple entries we will tally all your entries on our end. No need for 50 comments!

  • 1 Entry: Leave a comment telling us what home improvement project you’ll use the 6.5″ V-Jaw Plier for? Please be sure to leave your email address.
  • 10 Entries: Subscribe To This Site – Follow this link: Subscribe to Home Construction Improvement by Email This is a great way to keep informed about other giveaways and all the great content here on Home Construction Improvement. (We can only track email subscriptions, not plain RSS subscriptions)
  • 50 Entries: Blog About The Giveaway – Help spread the word about Home Construction Improvement and this great giveaway. Write a short post about Home Construction Improvement and this specific giveaway with a link (please use a nofollow link) back to this post. Be sure to leave a link to the post in the comments.

Dates

All entries must be received by 11:59 PM (Eastern) 24 July 2010. The winner will be announced on July 25th! So enter to win the CHANNELLOCK 6.5″ V-Jaw Plier giveaway contest today!

Fine Print

Only residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible. Spam entries will be thrown out. (Spam entries are determined at the sole discretion of Front Steps Media, LLC. All rules are subject to change without notice.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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100 Comments

  1. Jay says:

    I would use this to straighten some of my off axis doorknobs!

  2. Mike Whaley says:

    This would be a nice addition to my tool box.

  3. Mike Whaley says:

    10 entires for subscribing to your blog

  4. Sue D says:

    We have a lot of electrical work to do on a house we are remodeling–these look perfect for the the job.

  5. I would use it around the house to do “honey do” projects that come up on the weekends.

  6. Cindi says:

    My husband is planning on replacing old galvanized
    piping in our home. The size and right angle of these
    pliers would make the job much easier for him…
    Many thanks, Cindi

  7. Cindi says:

    I am an email subscriber to Home Construction by email!
    Again, many thanks…
    Cindi

  8. Ellerman Family says:

    These would be nice while we are replacing all the plumbing in the house this summer!

  9. John says:

    I always keep a couple channel locks in my tool box, their get for fixing the plumbing around the house or while plumbing the cabin water lines.

  10. Sarah says:

    What wouldn’t we use these for? I’ve (incorrectly) used Ken’s old, old, antique ones for so many jobs (pulling nails, etc.) that I’ve made a mess of them. He deserves a new pair – then I can have the old destroyed ones to do my bidding!

  11. Talex says:

    Not only would these pliers be a welcome addition to my toolbox, but they will come in handy tightening those big bolts on my new deck project.

    tgma2002@netscape.net

  12. Betty says:

    A handy addition to my toolbox. I’ll even let my husband borrow it now and then

  13. Betty says:

    email subscriber
    tjandbcd at optonline.net

  14. Darell M says:

    This would be a nice addition to my set of other Channellock tools.

  15. Gary Smith says:

    I’m already an email subscriber.
    I would use it for plumbing jobs around the house.

  16. Sue D says:

    I am an email subscriber to Home Construction Improvement.

  17. Catharine R says:

    Have a bathroom remodel project in the works. This would help!

    I’m an Email Subscriber.

  18. We plan to install a water filter under our sink. These would be a great help.

  19. I’m still a happy subscriber to your email newsletter.

  20. Joe K says:

    I’ll use this to help when I redo the kitchen.

  21. Shirley Hodge says:

    This one great tool that you don’t find in ‘ladies’ tool boxes and unfortunately it is one tool that gets swiped a lot so I really need a replacement.

  22. Nichol says:

    We are gutting our bathroom and kitchen and I’m sure this would be handy for hubby, he would love them!

  23. Jaque says:

    When I have plumbing problems I have a very hard time shutting off the water under the sinks, or near the toilets, these would definitely help my weak little arms perform better! :-) Thank you.

  24. Jerold Sauer says:

    One never has enough pliers in a toolbox

  25. GENEVA LOVE says:

    GREAT PRIZE

  26. John Rasmussen says:

    These would be helpful to have around.

  27. nicole says:

    We are replacing an old wooden fence and have to pull out nails/boards from the old one first.

  28. Francis Welch says:

    My house is over 150 years old and the pipes are about half that. I am going to put new ones in when the weather cools a little.

  29. susan varney says:

    to build a shed mverno@roadrunner.com

  30. NICHOLAS ELIAS NIEVES says:

    some of my water pipe need to be tighten

  31. Penny Snyder says:

    I would use this in installing a privacy fence around our patio!

  32. Bob F says:

    I would use the pliers when I do our bathroom remodeling.

  33. Bob F says:

    I’m a newsletter subscriber

  34. Jeremy Culver says:

    I think these need to be in my tool box.

  35. Jill L says:

    Would certainly use these in the bathroom project that we are currently trying to get started.

    I’m an email subscriber.

  36. Tari Lawson says:

    My husband wants to remodel our main bathroom. I am sure he will be able to use these on that project.

  37. mark arney says:

    Would love to add to my toolbox!

  38. Linda Lansford says:

    I will use it to tighen pipes

  39. JAMES LYNAM says:

    This would be a perfect addition to my small tool collection.

  40. Suzanne K says:

    I’ve got some DIY/fix it work to do in my bathroom! How cool would it be to have a small set of Channellocks to do the work instead of dragging in my big pair!

  41. david basile says:

    i have a kitchen sink to replace

  42. Karla Sceviour says:

    Im sure I could find some use of these for my husband to do around the house!! Lots of things to fix up around the house!
    karla.sceviour@nf.sympatico.ca

  43. Karla Sceviour says:

    I subscribe to this site (10 entries)
    karla.sceviour@nf.sympatico.ca

  44. OlyveOyl says:

    We will be starting the removal and rebuilding of our deck (as it was not originally put in correctly to meet code (by the building)! I am certain that this tool will be put to very good use!

  45. Timmy says:

    Install a water filtration system on outdoor pump!

  46. Jean F says:

    I need to tighten my hoses, they’re loose

  47. Brooke says:

    I would love these for my husband. He has a bunch of home-improvement projects he would love to work on around the house.

  48. joni says:

    We are planning on remodeling the bathroom and this would come in handy.

  49. John says:

    I will use this every day at work doing home repairs.

  50. laurie says:

    we will be using them for plumbing, and different things around the house

  51. laurie says:

    email subscriber

  52. Serge says:

    I really need to undo some old bolts and take apart some shelving int he garage!

  53. Patricia says:

    It would help put up a new backboard for our basketball hoop.

  54. Karla Sceviour says:

    my son would probably use it to pick apart his bikes!!
    karla.sceviour@nf.sympatico.ca

    ( Im not sure if I already entered this giveaway before, so please delete if I already did,,but I dont think I did though..lol..:) )

  55. Karla Sceviour says:

    Im subscribed to the site (10 entries )
    karla.sceviour@nf.sympatico.ca

  56. Jeffrey says:

    I subscribed too. Going to use these pliers to replace some leaky pipes below my sink.

  57. Nancy V says:

    I can always use tools. Thanks for a great contest!

  58. Analyst says:

    email subscriber. a 6.5 inch V-Jaw will fit well in one of the empty holes in my Veto Pro tool bag so it will go everywhere and will find itself loosening or tightening just about anything soon…

  59. Patrick Flahan says:

    This would be a big help with a sink replacement we have planned.

  60. Charles Opperman says:

    I would use for some work on some pipes in the basement.

  61. Marc-Andre Taillefer says:

    I really need to undo some old bolts and take apart some shelving int he garage!

  62. Daniel M says:

    i need to fix the drain on the bathroom sink

  63. Aisling says:

    We’re going to be running electrical service to our sunroom and would use these to tighten conduit into connectors and boxes.

  64. Aisling says:

    My apologies – can you delete the previous comment, please? We’re going to be running electrical service to our sunroom and would use these to tighten conduit into connectors and boxes. (I forgot to include that I subscribe to Home Construction Improvement by Email.)

  65. Carol G says:

    Right now, the major work that has to be done in the house is to hook up my grandson’s new turtle tanks. This would help hold things in place until they could be fastened down.

  66. Lona W says:

    My husband and I are remodeling our house. We will be tackling the bathrooms next, so this would really come in handy!

  67. Amanda D. says:

    I’d use them to build a bookshelf for my daughter’s bedroom.

    macd9900 at gmail dot com

  68. Rachel Higgs says:

    I would use it to put a new faucet in my kitchen

  69. Reg Herzog says:

    I have some projects in the garage like I really need to undo some old bolts and take apart some shelving.

  70. Erica C. says:

    I’m an email subscriber :)

  71. loni says:

    I have some projects in the basement that this might work well on .

  72. B.E. says:

    These would be a gift for my husband. He works construction and does handyman work, so I know he would have many uses for them!

  73. Christina S says:

    tighting the bolts on the lean-to

  74. Christina says:

    It would help when replacing the plumbing under the sink in the bathroom!

  75. Louis says:

    we are gonna fix up some kitchen cabinets

  76. Grant Bennett says:

    I will keep the 6.5″ V-Jaw Plier on my mower for various adjustments.

  77. Grant Bennett says:

    I will keep the 6.5″ V-Jaw Plier on my mower to use for various adjustments.

  78. Sarah Z says:

    I need to replace my bathroom faucet – this would be perfect!
    Thanks

  79. Lisa H says:

    I’d use it for my sink project.

  80. Michael says:

    We are about to embark on an interior foundation job in our home that will involve both plumbing and electrical work – an ideal time to have a 6.5″ V-Jaw Plier available! ;)

  81. barbara wright says:

    When we bought a shed, I moved all the organizational thingees from our tiny carport shed to the big shed in the back. Unfortunately, it’s not particularly convenient because we need a special key for that shed and it’s all the way in the back of the yard. So I really need to move a bunch of the stuff we use all the time back to the small carport shed.

  82. Kim H. says:

    My husband is the one who does the projects, and he has a bunch lined up. I see him struggling when he is under the sink working. I bet this would be very helpful to him. Thanks for the giveaway!

  83. amy d says:

    my husband could really use this,thanks
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

  84. Breanne says:

    We could use these when we install a new vanity and sink in our bathroom.

  85. Lia says:

    Bathroom work we have alot of that to do yet

  86. Chrystal says:

    I would use these to put some new pipes under the sink.

  87. Scott Dickinson says:

    Have some bolts to tighten up around the house and in my car too!

  88. Sonya Allstun says:

    we would use it to fix the faucet outside that goes through the foundation. It sprung a leak when you turn it on and these would work great to fix it

  89. Mary G. says:

    We need to make some shelving in our basement for storage.

  90. Betty C says:

    We have a 100 year old home so something always needs to be repaired or replaced. I’m sure this would be put to use right away, probably in the basement.

  91. Betty C says:

    I’m an email subscriber.

  92. Jane Hoh says:

    My wife has several plumbing project lined up for me but none of my pliers grip tight enough. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  93. Jeanne White says:

    I ‘personnaly’ will probably not use this as much as my Hubby, as he’s the one that does most of the ‘honey-do’s’ around here and he LOVES tools, so I am sure this would get a good amount of use.

  94. Kelly Grant says:

    installing a new bathtub fixture

  95. brian e. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…I am replacing a handrail on a stairway up to a raised deck & need to tighten some bolts in the process !

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  96. Buddy Garrett says:

    I am replacing the sink in our kitchen.

  97. Michelle H. says:

    We are going to replace the kitchen faucet and could use this.

  98. Michelle H. says:

    1. Newsletter subscriber.

  99. Gianna says:

    A plumbing project.

  100. Frankie A says:

    I would use the Channellock 6.5″ V-Jaw Pliers on helping to build a playground gym in our local community park. It would be wonderful to see the smiles on the children’s faces when they plan on the playground equipment that Channellock helped to build.

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