Pliers

Pliers are hand tools designed for a wide range of applications and can be used for a wide variety of tasks, including to grip, lock, twist, hold, bend or cut materials like wires. Pliers come in many sizes and styles depending on their application, from wire strippers and tin snips to bolt and pipe cutters. Some pliers feature a locking mechanism to securely hold the chosen material or object in place without the need to re-adjust, also eliminating the risk of cramp or injury in the user's hand from long-term use.

Pliers can be made from several different materials, but are generally made from chrome vanadium steel, carbon steel, or other hardened steel alloys to ensure optimum durability. This also allows for heavy-duty use without compromising the finish and prevents corrosion, keeping the blades strong. To ensure user comfort, there are many styles of pliers designed with soft-grip handles. These may be especially useful for frequent users as these handles will cushion the palm and fingers and prevent strain or cramping.

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

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What are the most common types of pliers?

  • Cutters - also known as wire cutters. As the name suggests, these tools are designed for cutting through wires and cabling and are available in application-specific variants such as side cutting, end cutting and diagonal cutting.
  • Longnose pliers - (needle-nose pliers or snipe-nosed pliers) These tools 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.
  • Water Pump pliers - occasionally referred to as a pipe wrench, these are extendable and adjustable so that they can adapt to fit almost any irregular shape. Due to their wide jaw, they are an incredibly versatile tool to have in your collection.
  • 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 and car mechanics, but are also handy tools for anybody to have in their home. They are also popular with DIY enthusiasts and craftspeople, such as jewellery makers and miniaturists.


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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. 305-7419
Mfr. Part No.9897
BrandBahco
$286.90
1 Set
Set(s)
- Plier Set - - - - 200 mm - 4 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 239-8438
Mfr. Part No.2628S-200
BrandBahco
$81.66
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Iron Wire: 3 mm; Piano Wire: 2.5 mm Combination Pliers 39mm - Straight Iron Wire; Piano Wire 200 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 184-7670
Mfr. Part No.2430 G-200 IP
BrandBahco
$86.04
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Hard Steel Wire: 1.5 mm Long Nose Pliers 74mm - Straight - 200 mm Steel - - - 17mm - -
RS Stock No. 361-3126
Mfr. Part No.9893
BrandBahco
$251.23
1 Set
Set(s)
- Plier Set - - - - 235 mm - 5 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 469-7030
Mfr. Part No.8231
BrandBahco
$102.60
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 225 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 876-6587
Mfr. Part No.9938
BrandBahco
$422.65
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- Plier Set - - - - 300 mm - 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 876-6537
Mfr. Part No.9733
BrandBahco
$738.41
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm Steel 8 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 184-7692
Mfr. Part No.2430 G-160 IP
BrandBahco
$94.82
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Hard Steel Wire: 1.5 mm Long Nose Pliers 50mm - Straight - 160 mm Steel - - - 16mm - -
RS Stock No. 184-7636
Mfr. Part No.2628 G-200 IP
BrandBahco
$54.77
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Iron Wire: 3 mm; Piano Wire: 2.5 mm Combination Pliers 39mm - Straight Iron Wire; Piano Wire 200 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 184-7664
Mfr. Part No.2430 G-140 IP
BrandBahco
$64.16
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Hard Steel Wire: 1.25 mm Long Nose Pliers 40mm - Straight - 140 mm Steel - - - 15mm - -
RS Stock No. 734-258
Mfr. Part No.8224IP
BrandBahco
$84.44
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 519-844
Mfr. Part No.7224
BrandBahco
$67.88
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 687-9931
Mfr. Part No.2430V-200
BrandBahco
$88.55
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Copper: 3 mm; Iron: 1.6 → 1.8 mm Long Nose Pliers 72mm - Straight - 200 mm Steel - - - 9mm - -
RS Stock No. 327-0729
Mfr. Part No.2427G-160
BrandBahco
$59.75
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Medium Hard Wire: 3.8 mm; Hard Wire: 2.5 mm; Copper and Aluminium Cable: 13 mm Long Nose Pliers 46mm - Straight - 160 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 243-516
Mfr. Part No.4430
BrandBahco
$82.56
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- Flat Nose Pliers 26mm - Straight - 135 mm Steel - - - 7mm - -
RS Stock No. 456-8055
Mfr. Part No.2430S-200
BrandBahco
$99.38
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Hard Steel Wire: 1.5 mm Long Nose Pliers 72mm - Straight - 200 mm Steel - - - 9mm Yes -
RS Stock No. 243-544
Mfr. Part No.4530
BrandBahco
$66.23
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- Round Nose Pliers 22mm - - - 135 mm Steel - - - 7mm - -
RS Stock No. 184-7658
Mfr. Part No.2421G-180
BrandBahco
$74.58
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- Flat Nose Pliers 64mm - Straight - 180 mm Steel - - - 17mm - -
RS Stock No. 544-415
Mfr. Part No.2411RS
BrandBahco
$65.38
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Medium Hard Wire: 3.2 mm; Hard Wire: 2.2 mm Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 130 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 876-6597
Mfr. Part No.7225
BrandBahco
$76.70
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- Water Pump Pliers 90mm - - - 140 mm Alloy Steel - - - - - -