Need to get a grip? Pliers are your best bet. Resembling a pair of jaws, pliers have a multitude of uses including gripping, cutting, and bending. An essential for every toolbox, pliers are useful for the DIYer and pro alike with handles that multiply the user’s hand strength. Pliers come in a variety of designs suited for specific applications. While a multi-use pair of pliers is a great place to start, you may want to consider getting a pair made for specific tasks. They can help you work more efficiently.
At Zoro, we carry every type of pliers you can imagine, including tongue-and-groove pliers, lineman’s pliers, needle-nose pliers, diagonal-cutting pliers, long-nose pliers, locking pliers, slip-joint pliers, retaining-ring pliers, pliers sets, and many more types of pliers. Plus, we carry the brands you trust including Klein Tools, Knipex, Proto, Milwaukee, Apex Tool Group, Channellock, and more. Enjoy shopping Zoro for all the pliers, hand tools, and power tools your business needs at everyday low prices. Let’s explore some uses for some popular styles of pliers.
Popular Pliers and Their Uses
As discussed, pliers’ primary purpose is gripping. Standard utility pliers can be used for loosening and tightening nuts, bolts, and other fasteners. Tongue-and-groove pliers have an especially wide jaw capacity and are great for turning pipes and fasteners. Often used by electricians, lineman’s pliers can bend and cut wires and cables for tasks such as splicing. Diagonal-cutting pliers can grip and cut wires and fasteners such as nails. Slip-joint pliers have an adjustable jaw point to suit your application. Many slip-joint pliers have a cutting mechanism as well. Long-nosed and bottle-nosed pliers can help you grip small, hard-to-reach objects.