Originally Posted by mburch
Yes, that's what I was getting at... Milbar now has a model with one-hand locking.
This is a Snap-On video but I'm 99% sure the pliers shown here are actually made by Milbar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnocxjAS_7Y
I got a set of those. I don't think they are made by Milbar as they are made in France. When they say one-hand operation, you still have to slide the lock down manually, they are implying you can do it with the holding hand, just like the Milbar slider. Just in case anybody thought they were similar to the Milbar 7W Tigerwave Jaw auto-locking twisting pliers which toggles the lock/unlock with each squeeze cycle.
So These fancy new 8" Snap-On WTG8A safety wire pliers are a real disappointment as the jaws do not clamp both wires well, even if crossed well. They can't seem to clamp both wires with the equal clamping force so one end of the wire always comes out of the jaws after a couple of turns. They were super expensive too ($250!). Maybe I just got a bad set.
Going back, the aforementioned Milbar Tigerwave Jaw auto-locking type drive me and my friends nuts because the locking system is designed to automatically toggle from unlocked to locked and back to unlocked with each squeeze. Turns out that more often than not the human hand tends to squeeze a little when turning the pliers so they are always unlocking at inopportune times, requiring repositioning and re-locking the pliers to re-start the twisting. This might be a more prevalent problem with folks used to using legacy safety wire pliers for years but I find it maddening.