Wiha Takes 4 spots in Sparky Channel’s Top 15 Favorite Electrical Tools of 2017

Wiha Sparky Channel Award Winners - Tools for Eletrical Work

Bill over at the sparkychannel.com made a list of his top 15 Favorite electrical tools of 2017.  Four tools from Wiha were featured for electrical work, due their “extraordinary quality”.

Wiha is proud to be featured alongside some of the biggest brands in the electrical hand tool industry. Wiha is dedicated to improving the quality and safety of hand tools offered to men and women working in the electrical trades.

Wiha Tools Featured in the top 15 Electrical Tools

Watch Wiha’s winners in the full video

Custom Precision Screwdriver Holder

There’s nothing better than seeing Wiha screwdriver owners making their own storage solutions.  Thanks @miserygore for sharing this on Instagram.  Great use of simple parts to create a completely unique screwdriver holder.

The Finished Product

Use the hashtag #wiha on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter if you’d like to get your work featured on our blog in the future.

Wiha takes home German Brand Award 2018 & Focus Open Silver Award 2017

Wiha 26inOne wins German Design Awards

The Wiha 26-in-one screwdriver has now garnered four design awards. In October 2017, both the German Brand Award 2018 and the Focus Open Silver 2017 went to the Black Forest hand tool manufacturer for this product innovation. Combining 26 different screw fastening types in a single tool, it conveniently provides the user with thirteen easy-to-remove double bits in its handle and bit holder.

Its design offers a variety of advantages for users in trade and industry: this multitool not only helps users to save space and lighten loads when transporting tools, but also saves considerable time otherwise spent changing or searching for tools. Bits can be selected, removed and returned at the press of a button, bringing a true benefit in terms of increased efficiency and ergonomics. This Wiha innovation had already won the if DESIGN Award 2017 and red dot Award 2017 early this year.

The German Design Award is one of the world’s most respected design competitions and imposes exacting standards when it comes to selecting award winners. Only those products and communication design services which clearly stand out from rivals due to their design quality are invited to enter the competition during the comprehensive nomination process. All jury members are renowned experts in their fields. The award ceremony will take place in February 2018.

Presented by the jury at the Design Center Baden Württemberg, the Focus Open Silver 2017 award provides an equally valid confirmation of product quality. The expert jury evaluates all the international entries based on criteria such as design quality, appeal, functionality, innovation content, ergonomics, interface design, usability and sustainability. “We regard this award and the declared aim of this competition – highlighting tendencies in design and uncovering totally new solutions – as a very clear recognition of our design and development work,” says a pleased Ronny Lindskog, Marketing and Sales Director at Wiha Werkzeuge GmbH.

Wiha at STAFTDA 2017

wiha sales team at stafda 2017

The Wiha sales team is at STAFDA 2017 showing some of our new tools and the full range of our best tools. If you are there today stop by and see us at  Booth # 119 – 121.

@toolaholic showing how the new TY bits work

@mechanicalhub was impressed with the new Auto Pliers

Wiha Sales Team takes part in the Performance Representatives Invitational golf tournament

Wiha sales manager Bob Ash at the Performance Representatives Invitational golf tournament
Dennis Farley, Bob Ash, Kent Jones, Chris Esch

Director of Sales, Bob Ash, met with Wiha’s sales representatives in Texas  and discussed Wiha’s innovative tools and its commitment to supplying quality tools to professionals.  Bob combined business and pleasure by playing in the annual Performance Representatives Invitational golf tournament at the Garden Valley Resort and Golf Club in Lindale, Texas.

Wiha announces the appointment of Larry Short as the Vice President of Sales.

MONTICELLO, MN – 11/2/2017


Larry Short wiha portrait

Larry is a seasoned sales leader that joins Wiha with a wealth of experience and proven success, including the launch of the RIDGID brand at Home Depot while at Emerson Electric. After Emerson, Larry held senior sales positions at Custom LeatherCraft and Pramac/MAT Industries. Most recently Larry was responsible for strategic growth opportunities while at QEP.

“Larry brings our team leadership with a clear focus on driving sales across multiple customers and channels of distribution. His customer first approach and commitment to cultivating long-term relationships will fit nicely with our mission of driving market share. He has a fantastic mix of independent, professional, industrial and box distribution experience.” Said Wiha Tools Managing Director, Patrick Di Perno.

“I am looking forward to working with a first-class manufacturer committed to best in class products and solutions. Wiha is known in the industry for having impeccable service and commitment to customers. At Wiha everything starts with the end-user.” Said Larry Short.

Larry is Wiha’s most recent example of its commitment to investing in top-notch professional resources to ensure the growth of the organization and support our distribution partners.

The Ultra Driver 26inOne is #45 on This Old House Top 100 New tools of 2017

wiha ultra driver 26inOne This old house top 100

Add this to the list of the Ultra Driver’s accomplishments, making number 45 on TOH Top 100: Best New Tools of 2017.

We are happy to see the editors of This Old House magazine recognizing Wiha’s  innovation in hand tools and multi-bit drivers. The list is mostly power tools and we are proud to represent the hand tool category.

This is just another addition to the Ultra Driver’s accomplishments like winning the Red Dot Product Design award in 2017.

Have you replaced that messy drawer full of screwdrivers or the bulky pouch of bits and bit holders with an Ultra Driver 26inOne? They are currently on sale through the rest of 2017.

Wiha at the Atlas Machinery open house

Wiha was proud to be a part of the Atlas Machinery open house at their Islington location on Saturday 10-18-17 by supporting the show with Ultra Driverspliers, bits, folding rulers, screwdrivers and more for sale.

Wiha’s National Sales Director, Mihran Egavian, said

“it was one of the most satisfying moment s to see Wiha fans coming and specifically asking about our products, providing positive feedback, and engaging in passionate conversations about our latest innovations.”

 

Wiha Tools to Introduce a New Merchandising Program at the STAFDA show in Austin Texas

MONTICELLO, MN – 10/16/2017

Willi Hahn Corporation USA dba Wiha Tools will be attending the STAFDA Show in Austin Texas November 12- 14.

The focus of this year’s show is to introduce a new merchandising program designed for the professional dealer and user. The program is merchandisable friendly, functional and informative. The majority of the 300 + SKU’s are packaged with easy to open reusable packaging or include a storage solution. Wiha is focused on driving our business with the Professional Tradesman, we pride ourselves on having the best in class products and now have a merchandising concept that supports the channel.

During the show Wiha will be offering aggressive STAFDA only promotions to support the merchandising program and our dealers who attend the show. Kelly Ledin, Marketing Manager, said. “STAFDA members are important to our business and the industry, so we have worked hard to develop a promotional program to support them and abide by the requirements of our Minimum Advertised Pricing program.” To take advantage of these promotions and learn more about our Merchandising program please visit Booth # 119 – 121.wiha merchandising display

A detailed look at the Pliers Wrench and Auto Pliers

Review of Wiha’s New Soft Grip Combo pack with Pliers Wrench and Auto Pliers by David Altman 

Soft Grip Combo Pack With Wrench & Auto Pliers, 2 Piece Set
Pliers Wrench 10.5″/267mm OAL. Adjustable jaws – 1-3/4″ round / 46mm Hex
Auto Pliers 10.0″/250mm OAL. Adjustable jaws 2.0″ round / 50mm Hex.

I have used tools every day of my life since I was a little boy.   I am fascinated by all the different tools out there, from plumbing, electrical, woodworking, Surgery, Dentistry, Auto industry, Watch and Jewelry making, Cycling, motorcycle repair, etc.  There are literally millions of tools out there, for every discipline to every kind of product. There are some many specialized tools.

I work in the area of creating and building solutions for folks with disabilities.  I work with all kinds of machinery, all kinds of material and use all kinds of different tools.

I was very excited to get the new pliers combo set by Wiha.  I have used both the Pliers Wrench and the Auto Pliers for about two weeks now on a variety of fixes.

The Wiha Auto pliers features:

  • Jaw design, micro teeth to larger teeth.
  • Superior gripping, holding strength.
    Spring is just the right tension for ease of one hand operation.
  • Handle design has the right amount of curve to fit your hand.
  • Handle grip, IMO is the right material, Soft grip with just right thickness to the handles to protect the palm of hand.
  • Soft lock when gripping material and sliding locking mechanism when putting the tool away.
  • Lightweight but strong.
  • Oil hardened.

The Wiha Pliers Wrench features:

  • Has superior gripping, hold and bending strength.
  • Smooth jaws that won’t mar or round nuts or damage finishes.
  • Action of jaws that allows for variable gripping of widths to specified max size.
  • These Wiha pliers allow you to grip the workpiece firmly while maintaining a comfortable handgrip (i.e., hand grasp is not too wide).
  • Easy to adjust
  • Heavy duty to meet many challenges.
  • Non slip hand material
  • Oil hardened

The Bottom Line – Both pliers

I really like the overall design, weight, functionality, quality of both the Wiha Auto Pliers and the Wiha Pliers Wrench.  From my two weeks of continuous use, they are built to last.  Comfortable handle design on both pliers.  I thought the overall design and features on both the Wiha Auto Plier and Plier Wrench were well thought out.

Suggestions for improvement on both pliers

Tools can always be improved upon.  I would like to see this Wiha line of pliers come in several other sizes. I would like to see a 12”, 7” and 5”.   Current pliers come in 10” overall length. Also the industrial finish on both the pliers is nice touch, but how about a nickel finish.  That certainly would not improve the functionality only the aesthetics.

 Wiha Auto plier 10” specifics

The jaw design has micro gripping teeth in the front and rear and larger gripping teeth in the middle. The design takes into consideration the variety of uses it could potentially have. The leverage is excellent, and the one handed ease of adjustability is just awesome. This Wiha plier rocks!

Auto plier & sliding lock mechanism

Most every time that I put the tool away in my bag or pocket, it would trip the sliding lock down to open the pliers.  Although the feature is very nice and even has one of the ribs raised so that the thumb has a place to slide the lock down (nice feature), I would like to see this slide lock with a little detent.  Or better yet the riveted hinge has part where the sliding lock, slides up on to hold the plier closed.  If that little “finger” had a curve on the end, the tool user would have to slightly pull the handles toward each other, which would allow the slide to easily slide down.  The reverse operation to close and lock the plier. A word of caution that might take away from the ease of use of this feature.

I would also consider having an accessory of “pliable  Jaw Protectors”. That would slip over the Alligator jaws for non marring situations.  Just a thought!

Since I only used them for a couple of weeks, it is yet to be determined if the oil hardening of the tool will hold up.  So far, the teeth of the jaws still maintain their integrity.  A user has to make sure that the toothed jaws are clean and sharp. Greasy or worn down jaws can result in compromised safety. Since the soft grip lock feature of holding the work piece, I feel this will decrease the risk of muscular fatigue and repetitive strain injuries.
Weight of tool is excellent, .30kg or 10oz.  This plier is light and strong.

Pliers Wrench 10.25″

Excellent design, and function.  This plier Rocks as well. I love this Wiha plier Wrench.  Again, I would like to see this plier in different sizes.  It would be nice to have a 7” and 5” for EDC (every day carry), as well as a 12” for larger fixes.

The one consideration or concern I have with this tool is the weight.  It comes in at 1 lb-4oz or .55kg.  It is strong, sturdy but a little heavy for continuous use.  For me personally, and I don’t want to sound contradictory, I like the overall weight of this tool.  But I do feel that tool users may have some difficulty, sustaining continuous use, b/c of the weight.  Fatigue in the forearm could be a factor.

Pivot area for this plier is a little thin on the back side. As you open the top handle of the plier, the back side edge is a little thin.  I agree there is not a whole lot of force placed in this area but something to consider. (see photo)

Wiha Pliers Wrench, showing thin area.

One other thought, I would like to see a little bit thicker handle grips to protect the palm of the hand.  I like the material, and the slight bends in the handle itself to fit the hand but I would like to see a little bit thicker grip. I would put thicker hand grips on the larger size pliers, 12” 10” and leave the thickness alone on the 7” and 5“ in the future if they will be manufactured.

Caveat: With the exception of tools for precision work (e.g., watch making, microsurgery, carving), the handles and grips of hand tools should be designed for a power grip. The belief that smaller tools should have smaller handles while larger tools have larger ones is debatable.

Wiha Auto plier Specifications
  • Gripping, Holding and bending applications
  • Strong Gripping power
  • Made from High Quality Forged C70 Tool Steels
  • Action of the jaws allows for variable gripping of a width to specified Maxium size
  • Induction Oil Hardened  Jaws
  • Soft Vinyl Grips on the Auto Lock Adjustable pliers
  • Country of Origin – Made in Vietnam, Designed in Germany,  High Quality Assurance Standards
  • Price $37-$44 depending on where you shop and if they are on sale
  • Wiha tools no hassle Guarantee
Wiha Pliers Wrench SPECIFICATIONS
  • Made from CV Steel, Chrome-vanadium steel, hot forged, hardened and tempered
  • Applications gripping, holding, pressing, bending and precise turning.
  • Soft vinyl Grip pliers wrench smooth jaws for protecting parallel surfaces.
  • Country of Origin – Made in Vietnam, Designed in Germany,  High Quality Assurance Standards
  • Price $43-$70 depending on where you shop and if they are on sale
  • Wiha tools no hassle Guarantee.

Price is just right, very reasonable for this high quality plier set.  I always have felt that it is not just the cost, it’s the quality.

The more I use these Wiha pliers the more I like them. These are high quality tools with very well thought out design.  Can they be improved upon, absolutely?  If everything was perfect, we would never learn therefore we would never grow.