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. 815-6362
Mfr. Part No.86 03 400
BrandKnipex
$238.76
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 130 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 911-1042
BrandRS PRO
$119.61
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2.5 mm Combination Pliers - - Straight - 270 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 541-6832
BrandRS PRO
$30.19
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- Circlip Pliers - - Bent - 125 mm - - 3 → 10 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 487-090
BrandRS PRO
$31.39
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Medium Hard Wire: 2.5 mm; Hard Wire: 1.6 mm Long Nose Pliers 51mm - Straight - 160 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - 8mm - -
RS Stock No. 158-5423
Mfr. Part No.88 01 250
BrandKnipex
$50.12
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 847-2999
Mfr. Part No.E6014.CRBG
BrandIdealtek
$75.68
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- Flat Nose Pliers 30mm - Straight - 145 mm Steel - - Yes 6.4mm - -
RS Stock No. 337-1513
Mfr. Part No.46 21 A11
BrandKnipex
$46.98
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- Circlip Pliers - - Bent - 125 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 10 → 25 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 161-237
BrandRS PRO
$61.67
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Piano Wire: 1.8 mm Long Nose Pliers - - Straight Piano Wire 200 mm Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 187-8220
Mfr. Part No.35 42 115 SB
BrandKnipex
$66.75
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- Long Nose Pliers 22.5mm - Straight - 115 mm Tool Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 524-3476
Mfr. Part No.87 51 250
BrandKnipex
$73.08
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 500-1244
Mfr. Part No.48 11 J2
BrandKnipex
$40.41
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 180 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 19 → 60 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 606-513
BrandRS PRO
$24.20
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 140 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 161-215
BrandRS PRO
$35.52
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Piano Wire: 1.6 mm Long Nose Pliers - - Straight Piano Wire 160 mm Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 772-4255
Mfr. Part No.8000 J 0
BrandGedore
$34.74
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 141 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 8 → 13 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 297-1904
Mfr. Part No.03 07 180
BrandKnipex
$60.48
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Medium Hard Wire: 3.4 mm; Hard Wire: 2.2 mm; Standard Wire: 12 mm Combination Pliers - - Straight Medium Hard Wire; Hard Wire; Stranded Wire 180 mm Tool Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 847-3715
BrandRS PRO
$36.26
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- Combination Pliers - - Straight - 200 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 878-3214
Mfr. Part No.SCMT70452
BrandSidchrome
$158.11
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- Locking Pliers - - - - - Stainless Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 327-0729
Mfr. Part No.2427G-160
BrandBahco
$66.84
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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. 847-3765
BrandRS PRO
$13.13
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 120 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 600-8123
Mfr. Part No.34 22 130 ESD
BrandKnipex
$88.53
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- Long Nose Pliers 22.7mm - Straight - 135 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - Yes - - -
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