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. 125-2048
Mfr. Part No.STHT0-74471
BrandStanley
TWD614.00
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- Plier Set - - - - 180 mm Forged Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2021
Mfr. Part No.FMHT0-75409
BrandStanley
TWD877.00
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- Locking Pliers - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2022
Mfr. Part No.FMHT0-74886
BrandStanley
TWD1,013.00
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 247.6 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2039
Mfr. Part No.STHT0-75094
BrandStanley
TWD1,250.00
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm Forged Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2028
Mfr. Part No.FMHT0-74892
BrandStanley
TWD1,688.00
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 304.8 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 813-4344
Mfr. Part No.fmht0-70812
BrandStanley
TWD870.00
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 205 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2036
Mfr. Part No.STHT0-75066
BrandStanley
TWD660.00
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 200 mm Forged Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 665-8416
Mfr. Part No.4-84-488
BrandStanley
TWD2,166.00
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2024
Mfr. Part No.FMHT0-74884
BrandStanley
TWD946.00
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 241.3 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 813-4356
Mfr. Part No.fmht0-72415
BrandStanley
TWD2,151.00
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- Plier Set - - - - 254 mm Carbon Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 665-8576
Mfr. Part No.0-84-809
BrandStanley
TWD844.00
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 225 mm Chrome Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 297-1516
Mfr. Part No.360C
BrandStanley
TWD3,763.00
1 Set
Set(s)
- Plier Set - - - - 400 mm Steel 4 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2044
Mfr. Part No.STHT0-74364
BrandStanley
TWD598.00
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 200 mm Forged Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2023
Mfr. Part No.FMHT0-75467
BrandStanley
TWD810.00
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- Locking Pliers - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 665-8422
Mfr. Part No.0-84-811
BrandStanley
TWD788.00
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 225 mm Chrome Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 136-7191
Mfr. Part No.4-84-489
BrandStanley
TWD3,505.00
Each
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- Plier Set - - - - 185 mm Steel 4 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2026
Mfr. Part No.FMHT0-74888
BrandStanley
TWD1,080.00
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 247.6 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2043
Mfr. Part No.STHT0-74363
BrandStanley
TWD539.00
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 150 mm Forged Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2035
Mfr. Part No.STHT0-75065
BrandStanley
TWD598.00
Each
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 150 mm Forged Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2027
Mfr. Part No.FMHT0-75408
BrandStanley
TWD1,013.00
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- Locking Pliers - - - - - Steel - - - - - -