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. 158-5439
Mfr. Part No.88 05 250
BrandKnipex
MYR200.76
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 536-341
BrandRS PRO
MYR41.44
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- Flat Nose Pliers 25mm - Straight - 130 mm Stainless Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 606-529
BrandRS PRO
MYR103.36
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- Long Nose Pliers 32mm - Straight - 160 mm Steel - - - 1.2mm - -
RS Stock No. 228-4115
Mfr. Part No.RX7893
BrandLindstrom
MYR475.84
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- Flat Nose Pliers 20mm - Straight - 146.5 mm Steel - - Yes - - -
RS Stock No. 876-6607
Mfr. Part No.2970G200
BrandBahco
MYR101.41
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- Water Pump Pliers 33mm - - - 130 mm Alloy Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 541-6832
BrandRS PRO
MYR85.22
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- Circlip Pliers - - Bent - 125 mm - - 3 → 10 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 768-7070
Mfr. Part No.82108
BrandGearWrench
MYR1,246.22
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm - 7 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 864-0788
BrandRS PRO
MYR52.06
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 6 in High Carbon Steel - - Yes - - -
RS Stock No. 536-335
BrandRS PRO
MYR43.44
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- Round Nose Pliers 25mm - - - 130 mm Stainless Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 325-6228
BrandRS PRO
MYR498.73
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 500 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 876-6537
Mfr. Part No.9733
BrandBahco
MYR2,438.62
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm Steel 8 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 541-6797
BrandRS PRO
MYR78.96
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- Circlip Pliers - - Bent - 125 mm Chrome Molybdenum Steel - 8 → 25 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 158-5293
Mfr. Part No.02 06 180
BrandKnipex
MYR164.32
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Hard Wire: 2.5 mm; Piano Wire: 2 mm; Standard Wire: 11.5 mm Combination Pliers - - Straight Hard Wire; Piano Wire; Stranded Wire 180 mm Tool Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 337-1490
Mfr. Part No.46 21 A01
BrandKnipex
MYR110.85
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- Circlip Pliers - - Bent - 125 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - 3 → 10 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 186-5527
Mfr. Part No.00 20 12
BrandKnipex
MYR1,127.12
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- Plier Set - - - - 320 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 876-4923
Mfr. Part No.431.LE
BrandFacom
MYR325.57
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- Long Nose Pliers 35mm - Straight - 135 mm - - - Yes 9mm - -
RS Stock No. 541-6781
BrandRS PRO
MYR86.52
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- Circlip Pliers - - Bent - 125 mm Chrome Molybdenum Steel - 3 → 10 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 517-8530
Mfr. Part No.87 01 150
BrandKnipex
MYR140.06
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 150 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 297-1954
Mfr. Part No.26 27 200
BrandKnipex
MYR259.51
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- Gripping Pliers 73mm - Straight - 200 mm Vanadium Electric Steel - - - - Yes -
RS Stock No. 182-335
Mfr. Part No.2411P
MYR420.85
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- Long Nose Pliers 33,5mm - Straight - 146 mm Tool Steel - - - - - -