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. 734-258
Mfr. Part No.8224IP
BrandBahco
R 966.66
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 120 mm - - - - - - -
RS stock no. 239-8438
Mfr. Part No.2628S-200
BrandBahco
R 777.14
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3.0 mm Combination Pliers 39mm - Straight Iron Wire; Piano Wire 200 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS stock no. 305-7419
Mfr. Part No.9897
BrandBahco
R 3,066.47
1 Set
Set(s)
- Plier Set - - - - 200 mm - 4 - - - - -
RS stock no. 418-9315
Mfr. Part No.8223
BrandBahco
R 1,045.33
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 210.0 mm - - - - - - -
RS stock no. 876-6571
Mfr. Part No.2855
BrandBahco
R 3,712.88
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- Wire Twisting Pliers - - - - 224 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS stock no. 876-6584
Mfr. Part No.28-29/S4
BrandBahco
R 2,867.09
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm - 4 - - - - -
RS stock no. 519-844
Mfr. Part No.7224
BrandBahco
R 708.22
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 146 mm - - - - - - -
RS stock no. 876-6587
Mfr. Part No.9938
BrandBahco
R 3,796.39
Each
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- Plier Set - - - - 300 mm - 3 - - - - -
RS stock no. 876-6534
Mfr. Part No.9853
BrandBahco
R 1,879.68
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- Plier Set - - - - 300 mm Steel 3 - - - - -
RS stock no. 687-9940
Mfr. Part No.2521V-160
BrandBahco
R 612.97
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- Round Nose Pliers 42.0mm - - - 160.0 mm Steel - - - 7mm - -
RS stock no. 469-7030
Mfr. Part No.8231
BrandBahco
R 1,144.03
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 225.0 mm - - - - - - -
RS stock no. 876-6575
Mfr. Part No.2855D
BrandBahco
R 4,706.25
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- Wire Twisting Pliers - - - - 282 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS stock no. 184-7620
Mfr. Part No.2628 G 160 IP
BrandBahco
R 640.33
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2.0 mm Combination Pliers 33mm - Straight Iron Wire; Piano Wire 160 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS stock no. 733-851
Mfr. Part No.2628 G-180
BrandBahco
R 685.60
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2.5 mm Combination Pliers 36mm - Straight Iron Wire; Piano Wire 180 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS stock no. 361-3126
Mfr. Part No.9893
BrandBahco
R 3,082.93
1 Set
Set(s)
- Plier Set - - - - 235 mm - 5 - - - - -
RS stock no. 184-7670
Mfr. Part No.2430 G-200 IP
BrandBahco
R 687.49
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1.5 mm Long Nose Pliers 74mm - Straight - 200 mm Steel - - - 17mm - -
RS stock no. 184-7692
Mfr. Part No.2430 G-160 IP
BrandBahco
R 709.96
Each
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1.5 mm Long Nose Pliers 50mm - Straight - 160 mm Steel - - - 16mm - -
RS stock no. 124-6116
Mfr. Part No.TAH8224
BrandBahco
R 988.98
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - Yes
RS stock no. 687-9922
Mfr. Part No.2430V-160
BrandBahco
R 903.39
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3.0 mm Long Nose Pliers 49mm - Straight - 160 mm Steel - - - 8mm - -
RS stock no. 876-6593
Mfr. Part No.7223
BrandBahco
R 600.44
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- Water Pump Pliers 46.0mm - - - 135 mm Alloy Steel - - - - - -