Types of pliers and their uses

There are more than 15 different types of pliers and each one has its specific use. Although we often use them for most household tasks, it doesn’t hurt that we know them all. In this article, we are going to talk about the most important types of pliers like Accu-Cut.

Pliers are a multifunction tool, generally used for clamping other elements, for cutting, or for applying bending forces and/or torque. They were invented more than 4000 years ago somewhere in Europe to manipulate hot iron in the forging process.

The design of pliers has evolved since then and different types have appeared as tasks that required a particular design arose. The parts that all types of pliers have in common are the head, with the jaws of pliers, the joint area, the clamping screw, and the handle.

In this article, we will talk about the following types of pliers and Precision Cutters and we will give you a couple of tips to work safely with them.

Types of pliers

Universal pliers

We start with the most common type and the one you probably have in your toolbox. It is the most common because it allows multitasking and hence its name.

It can be used to tighten and loosen mechanical joints, to stretch and bend parts, and to cut or strip wire and cable. For this, the jaws are robust, relatively short and at the same time have a cutting section and a toothed mouth.

This serrated jaw is very useful when holding circular pieces. Don’t use it for nuts because you could dent their hexagonal shape by rounding them. For this operation, a wrench would be the best option.

Pointed or stork pliers

Point or stork pliers are characterized by having slightly longer and thinner pliers than universal pliers. By contrast, they do not have a cutting section.

The length and flat shape of the jaws make this type of pliers ideal for holding small parts or for reaching places that are difficult to access.  

Its main functions are to hold and apply torsional forces. They are widely used by electricians to handle cables and wires. 

They can be distinguished between straight and angled, referring to the shape of the tweezers.

Cutting pliers

If the nose pliers were similar to the universal ones without the cutting section, they would be like the universal ones but without the clamping function. That is, as the name suggests, they are pliers intended for cutting and stripping, usually electrical cables. They are not to be confused with pliers.

Wire stripping pliers

These pliers are specifically designed to remove the protective covering from electrical cables in order to manipulate the copper conductive core and thus create the necessary connections.

They allow working with cables of different sections since the minimum distance between the clamps can be adjusted with a screw. This distance will define the cutting hole and, in this way, we avoid sectioning the entire cable by mistake.

Round nose pliers

they are distinguished from nose pliers or stork pliers only by finishing in two cylindrical or conical pieces.

Curiously, these pliers are widely used for two sectors so different from each other, such as crafts and the electrical sector.

In the world of crafts, and especially jewelry, they are used to create loops on pieces of wire or bend them into a ring.

In the electricity sector, they are also used for handling cables. For example, bend the connector and wrap it around the terminal.

Seeger ring pliers

Like needle nose pliers, round nose pliers can also have angled noses. This type of pliers is very useful for the assembly and disassembly of retaining rings (also known as Seeger rings, circlips, elastic rings, or circlips). There are even more specialized pliers for this function with the end of the pliers of various sizes to properly engage the ears of the retaining rings.

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