ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – September 2014 – The new, larger size pliers wrench, from KNIPEX, eliminates the need for a full set of wrenches by providing the functions of pliers and a wrench all in one tool. With a length of 16 inches and a capacity of 3-3/8-inches, the new pliers wrench XL features excellent gripping, holding, pressing and bending by employing a 10-to-1 lever ratio. The push-button, positive-locking mechanism allows for a wide range of adjustment positions while the gripping jaws remain parallel regardless of handle position. With smooth jaws, the pliers wrench holds the full surface of a nut or bolt and will not slip or round out the fastener. It will not damage or mar workpieces, making it ideal for work on chrome-plated fittings or soft metals. KNIPEX’s pliers wrench XL is lighter in weight and outperforms when compared to conventional open-end wrenches of the same capacity. Its unique ratcheting action allows for extremely fast turns of nuts and bolts without having to reset the tool. “This new, larger pliers wrench tool combination frees up tool box space by eliminating the need for a set of SAE or metric wrenches,” said Alan W. Sipe, president and general manager, KNIPEX Tools. “Having a pliers and a wrench in a single, innovative tool provides users with the function of gripping pliers and the versatility of a wrench, while also working like a ratchet.” Constructed from high-quality, chrome-vanadium steel that has been forged and oil-hardened for strength, the pliers wrench has a slip-resistant, plastic-coated handle. Its larger size makes it appropriate for applications in oil and gas, hydraulic piping, utilities, food and beverage industries, industrial and residential. The pliers wrench XL joins the KNIPEX line of pliers wrench models in sizes ranging from 5- to 12- inches, with capacities from 0 to 2-3/8 inches. About KNIPEX Tools KNIPEX Tools LP is the North American sales and marketing organization of KNIPEX‐Werk and is located in Arlington Heights, Ill. KNIPEX‐Werk, Wuppertal, Germany, is the largest manufacturer of professional quality pliers in the world, producing up to 65,000 pliers per day, or up to 325,000 pliers each week. The company concentrates its efforts on being the best pliers manufacturer in terms of quality, innovation and efficiency and its pliers satisfy the highest expectations in terms of performance, ergonomics and service life. www.cetshop.com