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Types of Pliers

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

Pliers have many functions, mainly for holding firmly, cutting, bending, twisting, and connecting parts. It is an indispensable hand tool for assembling, repairing, and installation work in various industries.

There are many different types and sizes of pliers in this market, and different types of pliers are used according to different industries and engineering needs. Below we have listed a few different types of pliers and their main uses, which can help you understand their differences.


1. Bent Nose Pliers

Bent nose pliers are similar to needle-nose pliers, but the difference is that the tip is curved. It provides better control and better materials to facilitate grasping. Bent nose pliers are suitable for picking up small parts that are placed parallel on a surface. Or use it for twisting the wire into a spiral.

2. Brake Spring Pliers

These pliers are mainly used as a tool for disassembly and installation, which can reset the springs on most drum brakes of family cars and trucks. The spring can be removed from the anchor at the socket end and the spring can be installed on the anchor at the gap.

3. Crimping pliers

The crimping pliers are device for joining two metals by deforming one or both of them to fix them to each other. Crimping pliers are mostly used in the electrical industry, and they are necessary tools for wire connection and crimping in the basic wiring maintenance.

4. Diagonal pliers

Diagonal pliers are a kind of cutting pliers that are mainly used to cut wires and are also commonly used to replace ordinary scissors to cut insulating sleeves and nylon cable ties.

5. Fencing Pliers

It is a tool for repairing various types of barbed wire. There is a hammer on one side and a tip on the other side. It can also be used to pull and cut the wire.

6. Flat Nose Pliers

Flat nose pliers are hand tools with tapered jaws, mainly used to clamp or bend metal parts. In repair work, wires and other wires can be twisted together. It is a commonly used tool for assembly of metal parts and telecommunications engineering.

7. Grommet Pliers

Grommet pliers have two main uses. The first is to punch holes, and the second is to reinforce holes by binding or inserted a ring into the hole. That can prevent damage and protect from sharp edges of holes. It can be applied in textile fabric, leather, or thin metal sheet.

8. Linesman’s Pliers

Linesman’s Pliers can be used to cut, twist, and straighten the wires, and it can also be used to connect the wires. The jaws have shallow serrations, which can firmly grasp the flat objects, such as metal sheets. Therefore, it is widely used in metal sheet industries.

9. Locking Pliers

Locking pliers are a kind of pliers used to lock and fix the parts firmly without using hands. There have many types in the market that can be used for different projects. These pliers can be used for holding a part when the part needs to be heated or welded.

10. Needle Nose Pliers

It is composed of a pointed tip, a knife-edge, and a clamp handle. It is mainly used for cutting and fixing parts. Some people also use it for bending and cutting electric wires. The material of needle-nose pliers is generally made of medium carbon steel.

11. Oil Filter Pliers

The oil filter pliers are mainly used to bite into the housing of the filter so that the oil filter can be removed easily and more quickly. The pliers have aggressive teeth and can be gripped without slipping, and the high-lever handle can remove stubborn filters.

12. Slip Joint Pliers

The shape of the slip joint pliers looks like a carp. Its characteristic is that the opening width of the jaw has two adjustment positions, which can be enlarged or reduced. It is mainly used to clamp or bend hard parts, and can also replace small nuts and small bolts with wrenches. The fine teeth at the front end are designed to hold small objects, and the coarse teeth behind the jaws can be used to cut the wire. It is generally used in the automotive maintenance industry.


The above is our classification of some types of pliers. If you want to find the type of pliers that suits your industrial needs or you would like to share your experience of using pliers, please feel free to call our service staff at 011-7001 7687 and we are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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