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Pliers

Grainger's selection of pliers ensures you'll find the right grip for the job. With a flick of the wrist, locking pliers snap into ready position for quick independent tool rotation. For confined areas, try long-nosed or thin needle nose pliers. The long handle makes this tool ideal for turning small and hard-to-reach objects, while the bent-nose model reaches around obstructions. Grainger also offers a pliers set with multiple pieces and variance for any job.

Choosing the Right Type of Pliers
Click on a set of pliers below to learn more about them.
Long Nose and Needle Nose Pliers
Lineman's Pliers
Wire Twist Pliers
Retaining and Lock
Ring Pliers
Slip Joint Pliers
Solid Joint Pliers
Locking Pliers
Tongue and Groove Pliers
Specialty Pliers
Hog Ring Pliers
Multi-Tools
Long Nose and Needle Nose Pliers
Long Nose and Needle Nose Pliers
Uses for Pliers: Cut, hold, pull, twist, bend and re-position wire
Features: Long, short, narrow nose and screw shearing
Things to Consider: How tight of a space the tool needs to fit in and what gauge wire needs to be cut?
What Kind of Application Does This Apply To?
Electrical work and network engineering
Lineman's Pliers
Lineman's Pliers
Uses for Pliers: Grip, twist, bend, crimp, cut wire and cable
Features: Long, short, heavy duty and multi-tool
Things to Consider: What type of material needs to be cut and what tool length is needed?
What Kind of Application Does This Apply To?
Linesman work and electrical work
Wire Twist Pliers
Multi-Tools
Uses for Pliers: Wire wrapping and metal work
Features: Long, short and heavy duty
Things to Consider: What size wire needs to be twisted and how heavy of a tool is desired?
What Kind of Application Does This Apply To?
Ironwork, other metal work and small applications like jewelry
Retaining and Lock Ring Pliers
Retaining and Lock Ring Pliers
Uses for Pliers: Loosening and tightening retaining rings
Features: Long, short, straight, 45 degree and 90 degree
Things to Consider: What bore size and length is needed and what depth do the pliers need to reach?
What Kind of Application Does This Apply To?
Holding a round cylinder shaft and holding items on a shaft
Slip Joint Pliers
Slip Joint Pliers
Uses for Pliers: Gripping wire and other material, loosening screws
Features: Wide jaw, long, short, straight and tongue-and-groove
Things to Consider: How large of a jaw is required and what tool length and leverage is needed?
What Kind of Application Does This Apply To?
Gripping and loosening pipe, wire and other materials
Solid Joint Pliers
Solid Joint Pliers
Uses for Pliers: Gripping, cutting, pulling and twisting wire
Features: Long, short, high leverage, thick jaw and thin jaw, etc.
Things to Consider: What tool size and head shape is needed and what leverage is required for the job?
What Kind of Application Does This Apply To?
Any cutting, bending and gripping needed for repairs or installs
Locking Pliers
Locking Pliers
Uses for Pliers: Clamping parts together to hold in position
Features: Locking jaws come in different types such as needle nose, locking wrench and clamps
Things to Consider: What size of material needs to be clamped and how wide do the jaws need to open?
What Kind of Application Does This Apply To?
Holding rounded nuts/bolts, holding parts for welding, temporary
locking of levers on equipment and machinery
Tongue and Groove Pliers
Tongue and Groove Pliers
Uses for Pliers: Turning and holding nuts and bolts, gripping irregularly shaped objects and clamping materials
Features: Long, short, wide jaw and narrow jaw
Things to Consider: Weight of tool, knurl thickness and ease of use when adjusting jaw
What Kind of Application Does This Apply To?
Plumbing and electrical work
Specialty Pliers
Specialty Pliers
Uses for Pliers: Screw gripping, clasping, work in tight spaces and micro tools
Features: Varies
Things to Consider: Is the job impossible to complete without a specialized plier head or feature?
What Kind of Application Does This Apply To?
Specialty work such as small electronics, auto work, etc.
Hog Ring Pliers
Hog Ring Pliers
Uses for Pliers: Tightening metal rings around cords
Features: Long, short, large or small nose
Things to Consider: How much metal needs to be bent, what size is it and how big of a tool is needed?
What Kind of Application Does This Apply To?
Automotive work, fencing and furniture work
Multi-Tools
Multi-Tools
Uses for Pliers: Efficiency, saving time and decreasing weight of tool bag
Features: Pliers, crimpers, stripping holes, screw shears, tape pulling, etc.
Things to Consider: What jobs use several tool functions that could be done with one multi-tool?
What Kind of Application Does This Apply To?
Electrical work, wire cutting and stripping

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