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. 161-192
BrandRS PRO
MYR114.39
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Piano Wire: 2.5 mm Combination Pliers - - Straight Medium Hard Wire 160 mm Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 623-6407
BrandRS PRO
MYR256.27
1 Set
Set(s)
- Plier Set - - - - 150 mm Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 668-5938
BrandRS PRO
MYR122.98
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 541-7087
BrandRS PRO
MYR75.05
Each
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Hard Steel Wire: 1.6 mm Combination Pliers - - Straight Hard Wire 160 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 847-3005
Mfr. Part No.E6022.CRBG
BrandIdealtek
MYR243.33
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- Flat Nose Pliers 20mm - Straight - 135 mm Steel - - Yes 6.4mm - -
RS Stock No. 847-3759
BrandRS PRO
MYR79.82
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 254 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 665-8416
Mfr. Part No.4-84-488
BrandStanley
MYR347.80
Each
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 337-1456
Mfr. Part No.46 11 A0
BrandKnipex
MYR101.89
Each
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 140 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 3 → 10 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 396-6060
Mfr. Part No.88 06 250
BrandKnipex
MYR191.79
Each
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 614-794
Mfr. Part No.7890
BrandLindstrom
MYR385.30
Each
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- Long Nose Pliers 32mm - Straight - 132 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 769-1782
Mfr. Part No.470.MT
BrandFacom
MYR972.62
Each
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm - 14 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 158-5451
Mfr. Part No.87 01 250
BrandKnipex
MYR166.08
Each
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 297-1516
Mfr. Part No.360C
BrandStanley
MYR594.91
1 Set
Set(s)
- Plier Set - - - - 400 mm Steel 4 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 541-6876
BrandRS PRO
MYR70.46
Each
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 175 mm Chrome Molybdenum Steel - 19 → 60 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 541-6775
BrandRS PRO
MYR68.82
Each
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 175 mm Chrome Molybdenum Steel - 19 → 60 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 158-5423
Mfr. Part No.88 01 250
BrandKnipex
MYR121.36
Each
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 337-1361
Mfr. Part No.44 11 J1
BrandKnipex
MYR82.73
Each
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - 140 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 12 → 25 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 158-5445
Mfr. Part No.87 01 180
BrandKnipex
MYR170.03
Each
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 180 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 537-183
Mfr. Part No.C6NVN
BrandCrescent
MYR127.30
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 152 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 337-1428
Mfr. Part No.44 21 J21
BrandKnipex
MYR95.36
Each
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- Circlip Pliers - - Bent - 170 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 19 → 60 mm - - - -