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. 769-1782
Mfr. Part No.470.MT
BrandFacom
MYR779.82
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm - 14 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 417-1689
Mfr. Part No.180.CPE
BrandFacom
MYR186.12
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 176-0668
Mfr. Part No.513A.7
BrandFacom
MYR126.12
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 190 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 910-3173
Mfr. Part No.180.CPESLS
BrandFacom
MYR168.90
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - Yes
RS Stock No. 876-5196
Mfr. Part No.501AMPPB
BrandFacom
MYR190.26
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 250 mm Chrome Molybdenum Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 734-8851
Mfr. Part No.MOD.CPEA0PB
BrandFacom
MYR687.38
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- Plier Set - - - - 150 mm Chrome Molybdenum Vanadium Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 876-4923
Mfr. Part No.431.LE
BrandFacom
MYR291.20
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- Long Nose Pliers 35mm - Straight - 135 mm - - - Yes 9mm - -
RS Stock No. 503-9867
Mfr. Part No.VE.A3
BrandFacom
MYR569.74
1 Set of 1
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- Plier Set - - - - 300 mm - 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 762-1540
Mfr. Part No.181EF.25CPE
BrandFacom
MYR138.99
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 401-090
Mfr. Part No.181.18CPE
BrandFacom
MYR200.33
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 185 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 910-3161
Mfr. Part No.181A.18CPESLS
BrandFacom
MYR228.25
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 15 mm - - - - - - Yes
RS Stock No. 910-3209
Mfr. Part No.187.16CPESLS
BrandFacom
MYR154.31
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- Combination Pliers 34mm - Straight Modern Material, Piano Wire, Soft Wire, Wire 165 mm Chrome Vanadium Molybdenum Steel - - - - - Yes
RS Stock No. 734-8863
Mfr. Part No.90370
BrandFacom
MYR548.15
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- Plier Set - - - - 125 mm - 2 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 910-3199
Mfr. Part No.195.20CPESLS
BrandFacom
MYR210.99
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- Long Nose Pliers 69mm - Straight - 200 mm Steel - - - 3.6mm - Yes
RS Stock No. 794-7767
Mfr. Part No.401.MT
BrandFacom
MYR218.19
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- Long Nose Pliers 48mm - Straight - 160 mm - - - - 1mm - -
RS Stock No. 910-3206
Mfr. Part No.179A.13SLS
BrandFacom
MYR150.95
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 140 mm Steel - 12 → 25 mm - - - Yes
RS Stock No. 111-6724
Mfr. Part No.170A.25PB
BrandFacom
MYR76.90
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- Water Pump Pliers 46.0mm - - - 200 mm - 1 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 194-2703
Mfr. Part No.485.17
BrandFacom
MYR349.68
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 170 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 176-0674
Mfr. Part No.513.10
BrandFacom
MYR156.98
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 235 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 530-756
Mfr. Part No.MODM.CPEA1PB
BrandFacom
MYR767.86
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- Plier Set - - - - 440 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel 4 - - - - -