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. 158-5388
Mfr. Part No.26 26 200
BrandKnipex
HK$352.49
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- Gripping Pliers 73mm - Straight - 200 mm Vanadium Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 444-0008
Mfr. Part No.03 06 200
BrandKnipex
HK$267.76
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Medium Hard Wire: 3.8 mm; Hard Wire: 2.5 mm; Standard Wire: 13 mm Combination Pliers - - Straight Medium Hard Wire; Hard Wire; Stranded Wire 200 mm Tool Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 500-1317
Mfr. Part No.49 21 A31
BrandKnipex
HK$248.44
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- Circlip Pliers - - Bent - 210 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 40 → 100 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 665-6218
Mfr. Part No.35 42 115 ESD
BrandKnipex
HK$291.48
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- Gripping Pliers 22.5mm - Straight - 115 mm Tool Steel - - Yes - - -
RS Stock No. 469-7030
Mfr. Part No.8231
BrandBahco
HK$516.44
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 225 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 442-0925
Mfr. Part No.26 12 200 SB
BrandKnipex
HK$296.72
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- Gripping Pliers 73mm - Straight - 200 mm Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 265-2625
BrandRS PRO
HK$268.00
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - - - - 3 → 5 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 623-6407
BrandRS PRO
HK$448.92
1 Set
Set(s)
- Plier Set - - - - 150 mm Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 772-4292
Mfr. Part No.RZB1-3
BrandGedore
HK$1,737.59
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel 8 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 184-7670
Mfr. Part No.2430 G-200 IP
BrandBahco
HK$296.68
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Hard Steel Wire: 1.5 mm Long Nose Pliers 74mm - Straight - 200 mm Steel - - - 17mm - -
RS Stock No. 537-224
Mfr. Part No.C5CV
BrandCrescent
HK$113.03
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 127 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 763-8148
Mfr. Part No.13 86 200
BrandKnipex
HK$521.96
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Standard Wire: 15 mm Combination Pliers - - Straight Medium Hard Wire 200 mm Tool Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 123-0240
Mfr. Part No.T1402EL4
BrandIrwin
HK$237.70
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 150 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 337-1456
Mfr. Part No.46 11 A0
BrandKnipex
HK$153.12
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 140 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 3 → 10 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 487-230
BrandRS PRO
HK$157.59
Each
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1 mm Combination Pliers 34mm - Straight - 150 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 327-0729
Mfr. Part No.2427G-160
BrandBahco
HK$391.89
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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. 158-5653
Mfr. Part No.35 22 115
BrandKnipex
HK$389.45
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9.5 mm Gripping Pliers - - - - 115 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 541-7065
BrandRS PRO
HK$97.46
Each
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- Combination Pliers - - Straight - 125 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 487-246
BrandRS PRO
HK$200.81
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1.6 mm Combination Pliers 39mm - Straight - 200 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 158-5451
Mfr. Part No.87 01 250
BrandKnipex
HK$395.74
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
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