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Picking Your Pliers Guide

Picking Your Pliers Guide

Pliers: They’re more versatile than you think. In fact, people with various industry backgrounds use this tool on a daily basis. From cutting to holding to clipping to severing, pliers are a multi-use instrument. So how do you choose the right pair of pliers for the job? Sifting through each kind to find the right one you need is both time-consuming and unnecessary. Instead, check out our guide that categorizes pliers by application to find the right tool for the task at hand.

 

For Basic Jobs...

Need to get those basic cutting jobs done? Whether it’s severing wires or punching holes, check out the right pliers for your everyday tasks.

  • Long Nose and Needle Nose: Use these pliers for cutting, holding, pulling and repositioning. These tools come in handy when working in cramped spaces as their thin and long length can compensate for areas most pliers cannot reach. If you’re working in electrical, be sure to note the size and gauge of the wires to make sure your instrument will comply.
  • Lineman’s Pliers: These instruments are used for gripping and contorting wires and cables. Typically found in electrical and lineman industries (hence the name), these tools are advanced and heavy duty for professional use.
  • Diagonal Cutting Pliers: This tool is used solely for cutting wire. The design of diagonal cutting pliers allows for strong indenting and wedging.
  • Revolving Punch: Punch through tough materials like leather, rubber, plastic and more with these pliers. Typically used for crafts and hobbies, this tool comes in handy for just about everyone.

For Manipulating Wire...

Sometimes you need a tool that will do the tougher work, like twisting and reshaping wire. Here are the tools that will help you get the job done safely and accurately:

  • Wire Twist Pliers: These instruments can mold and manipulate wire and metal. Wire twist pliers can be used for industrial jobs like iron or metalwork in a facility or hobbies at home like jewelry making.
  • Solid Joint Pliers: If you need to repair and install wire, solid joint pliers are for you. These tools can pull and twist wire while maintaining a firm grip for accurate results.

For Loosening, Tightening, Gripping, Clamping...

Say no more to slippage with the right pair of pliers. Check out the best tools to keep things in place while working:

  • Slip Joint Pliers: Hold onto materials firmly and safely with this tool. Slip joint pliers are meant for gripping and loosening various applications like pipe, wire and more.
  • Tongue and Groove Pliers: Use this tool to turn and hold nuts and bolts while maintaining a firm and safe grip. Tongue and groove pliers are commonly used in various industries, from plumbing to electrical work.
  • Hog Ring Pliers: Make installation easy with hog ring pliers. Designed to tighten metal rings around cords, hog ring pliers are perfect for fencing and furniture work.
  • Locking Pliers: Hold things in place with a pair of locking pliers. These tools are designed to make clamping seamless and can hold anything from nuts to bolts to heavy-duty equipment.

For Various Applications

  • Specialty Pliers: Several different applications can be tackled with specialty pliers. Safely accomplish any job from mechanics to plumbing to fencing and more.
  • Multi-tool Pliers: Hence their name, these pliers have multiple features. These tools are essentially 10 tools in one.

The right pliers for you is out there. By picking your tool out by its applications and features, you’re sure to get the job done—the easy and safe way.

Sources:

https://www.grainger.com/category/pliers/tools/ecatalog/N-15zz

http://www.globalspec.com/learnmore/manufacturing_process_equipment/hand_power_assembly_tools/pliers

http://www.primermagazine.com/2012/learn/pliers-a-modern-mans-guide-to-tools

Pub. 07/2017

The product statements contained herein are intended for informational purposes only. Such product statements do not constitute a product recommendation or representation as to the appropriateness for a specific application or use. W. W. Grainger, Inc. does not guarantee the result of product operation or assume any liability for personal injury or property damage resulting from the use of such products.