Pliers: Guide to choose


The pliers are a basic tool in any shop or home. They have several functions and the most common to hold, cut, fold or rotate elements by force. It is said that its origin comes from the manipulation of iron in the process of forced.

There are up to 20 different types of pliers in the market. In this post we will review the most common pliers . All of them have in common the composition or parts of the pliers , formed by the head, with the jaws or clamps, the area of ‚Äč‚Äčarticulation and the handle.

Pliers types

Universal pliers

The pliers are the most common model and possibly have in your toolbox. You can use them to tighten and loosen mechanical joints, to stretch and bend pieces and to cut or strip wires and cables. Its clamps are robust and short. These have a cutting part and a jagged mouth. The serrated mouth serves to hold circular pieces. It is advisable that you do not use it to fix nuts because you could round out its hexagonal shape.

Cutting Pliers

Unlike the universal ones, the cutting pliers do not have the clamping function. They are generally used to cut and strip electric cables. They are not to be confused with the tongs, which serve to hold an object tightly.

Flat-nose Pliers

The flat pliers are also known as nose pliers or stork. They are characterized by having the tweezers more elongated than the universal pliers and flat. They serve to hold small pieces or to reach corners of difficult access and they are often used to manipulate cables and wires, but unlike the previous two, flat-nose pliers do not carry the cutting function.

Adjustable Pliers

The adjustable pliers have a mobile screw in the movable joint that serves to adjust the maximum opening of the jaws. In this way, they allow handling pieces of different sizes without having to have several pliers.

Within the adjustable pliers, we find the extendable pliers that move the joint in various positions. They are used to tighten large screws or to hold pieces of irregular shapes. They are often used in plumbing jobs and are also known as parrot beak pliers.

Another type of adjustable pliers are the planer pliers, which instead of several opening positions have only two positions.

Wire Stripping Pliers

As its name suggests, wire strippers peel the protective cover of electrical cables to handle the copper conductor. As the distance is regulated with a screw, they allow to work with cables of different sections.

Jaw or pressure pliers

The locking pliers are used to hold pieces. It’s main characteristic is that once blocked, they do not require that we are constantly tightening them so that they release our hands to perform other operations. Tightening the handles we lock the pliers and to unlock them we have a lever. They are also known as gag pliers.

Pliers for washers

The round – nose pliers or circlip pliers are distinguished from flat pliers because the tip is cylindrical. They are widely used in electricity (for bending and winding cables) and crafts (to create loops in wires or to bend rings). The round-nose pliers can also have a curved tip and are useful for the assembly of retaining rings or Seeger rings.

Mark Weaver
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