Pliers

Pliers are hand tools designed for a wide range of applications and can be used for a wide variety of tasks to grip, lock, twist, hold, bend or cut materials like wires. Some pliers feature also a locking mechanism to securely hold the material in place, without the need to re-adjust.


Pliers are generally made from chrome vanadium steel, carbon steel, or other hardened steel alloys to ensure optimum durability, allow heavy-duty use without compromising the finish and prevent corrosion.


What are the most common types of pliers?


  • Cutters - occasionally called wire cutters, they are designed for cutting through wires and cabling and are available in variants like side cutting, end cutting and diagonal cutting

  • Longnose pliers - needle-nose pliers or snipe-nosed pliers, are suitable for multi-purpose tasks like bending and crimping and can be used in anything ranging from electrical work to jewellery making.

  • Combination pliers - designed to be both a functional pair of either round- nose, long nose or flat nose pliers with a built-in cutter that works with multiple applications

  • End cutter pliers - are designed to cut through or twist materials, such as wires, springs, nails, rivets and bolts

  • Waterpump pliers - occasionally referred to as a pipe wrench, are extendable and adjustable, which means they can adapt to fit almost any irregular shape due to their wide jaw, making them a versatile tool to have

  • Circlip pliers - a unique type of pliers that are used to install and remove internal circlips from a range of appliances

Who uses pliers?


Pliers are commonly used by professionals like electricians, plumbers, carpenters, gas engineers, car mechanics and DIY enthusiasts.


Note: If you are working with live or energised currents, ensure your pliers are VDE approved to ensure user safety.


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Description Price Cutting Capacity Plier Type Jaw Length Non Sparking Tip Style Material Cutting Capability Overall Length Material Number of Pieces Circlip Size Range ESD Safe Jaw Depth VDE/1000V Approved Height Safe
RS Stock No. 245-0536
BrandRS PRO
$37.89
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- Long Nose Pliers 17mm - Straight - 160 mm Steel - - Yes - - -
RS Stock No. 864-0814
BrandRS PRO
$108.62
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- Plier Set - - - - 150 mm High Carbon Steel 6 - Yes - - -
RS Stock No. 265-2625
BrandRS PRO
$57.05
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - - - - 3 → 5 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 161-164
BrandRS PRO
$42.85
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Piano Wire: 3 mm Combination Pliers - - Straight Medium Hard Wire 200 mm Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 833-5931
BrandRS PRO
$118.44
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm - 3 - No - - -
RS Stock No. 623-6407
BrandRS PRO
$75.62
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- Plier Set - - - - 150 mm Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 541-7267
BrandRS PRO
$90.23
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - - Steel - 6.4 → 25.4 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 606-529
BrandRS PRO
$31.08
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- Long Nose Pliers 32mm - Straight - 160 mm Steel - - - 1.2mm - -
RS Stock No. 847-3752
BrandRS PRO
$15.74
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 120 mm High Carbon Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 480-6802
BrandRS PRO
$120.57
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm Steel 4 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 541-7071
BrandRS PRO
$27.29
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 120 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 734-006
BrandRS PRO
$45.95
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 606-535
BrandRS PRO
$31.41
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3 mm Flat Nose Pliers 30mm - Straight - 140 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 541-6826
BrandRS PRO
$29.49
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 135 mm Chrome Molybdenum Steel - 3 → 10 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 536-357
BrandRS PRO
$14.30
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- Flat Nose Pliers 25mm - Straight - 130 mm Stainless Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 847-3734
BrandRS PRO
$66.04
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 182-436
BrandRS PRO
$87.27
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - - Steel - External: 7 → 48 mm, Internal: 6.4 → 25.4 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 541-6753
BrandRS PRO
$28.03
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 135 mm Chrome Molybdenum Steel - 3 → 10 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 851-7525
BrandRS PRO
$88.31
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- Circlip Pliers - - Bent, Straight - - Chrome Molybdenum Steel - 15 → 49 mm, 9 → 45 mm Yes - - -
RS Stock No. 864-0791
BrandRS PRO
$16.04
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 6 in High Carbon Steel - - Yes - - -
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