Pliers

Pliers are hand tools designed for a wide range of applications and can be used for a wide variety of tasks to grip, lock, twist, hold, bend or cut materials like wires. Some pliers feature also a locking mechanism to securely hold the material in place, without the need to re-adjust.


Pliers are generally made from chrome vanadium steel, carbon steel, or other hardened steel alloys to ensure optimum durability, allow heavy-duty use without compromising the finish and prevent corrosion.


What are the most common types of pliers?


  • Cutters - occasionally called wire cutters, they are designed for cutting through wires and cabling and are available in variants like side cutting, end cutting and diagonal cutting

  • Longnose pliers - needle-nose pliers or snipe-nosed pliers, 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

  • Waterpump pliers - occasionally referred to as a pipe wrench, are extendable and adjustable, which means they can adapt to fit almost any irregular shape due to their wide jaw, making them a versatile tool to have

  • 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, car mechanics and DIY enthusiasts.


Note: If you are working with live or energised currents, ensure your pliers are VDE approved to ensure user safety.


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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. 623-6407
BrandRS PRO
£34.79
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- Plier Set - - - - 150 mm Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 541-7071
BrandRS PRO
£12.55
Each
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 120 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 541-6781
BrandRS PRO
£12.15
Each
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- Circlip Pliers - - Bent - 125 mm Chrome Molybdenum Steel - 3 → 10 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 541-7267
BrandRS PRO
£32.01
Each
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - - Steel - 6.4 → 25.4 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 833-5931
BrandRS PRO
£50.46
Each
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm - 3 - No - - -
RS Stock No. 847-3759
BrandRS PRO
£10.19
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 254 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 851-7525
BrandRS PRO
£41.24
Each
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- Circlip Pliers - - Bent, Straight - - Chrome Molybdenum Steel - 15 → 49 mm, 9 → 45 mm Yes - - -
RS Stock No. 487-236
BrandRS PRO
£17.46
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1.0 mm Combination Pliers 37mm - Straight - 180 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 182-436
BrandRS PRO
£30.85
Each
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- Circlip Pliers - - Straight - - Steel - 7 → 48 mm - - - -
RS Stock No. 487-145
BrandRS PRO
£13.98
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2.5 mm Long Nose Pliers 40mm - Straight - 160 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - 2.5mm - -
RS Stock No. 847-3765
BrandRS PRO
£6.03
Each
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - 120 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 445-8841
BrandRS PRO
£8.59
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2.5 mm, 3.0 mm, 3.5 mm, 4.0 mm, 4.5 mm, 5.0 mm Punch Pliers - - - - 288 mm Carbon Steel 6 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 847-3803
BrandRS PRO
£11.45
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- Long Nose Pliers - - Straight - - High Carbon Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 847-3734
BrandRS PRO
£30.84
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel 3 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 480-6802
BrandRS PRO
£55.47
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm Steel 4 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 833-5972
BrandRS PRO
£37.97
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- Plier Set - - - - 250 mm - 3 - No - - -
RS Stock No. 847-3819
BrandRS PRO
£48.47
Each
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- Plier Set - - - - 300 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel 5 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 734-006
BrandRS PRO
£19.22
Each
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- Water Pump Pliers - - - - 130 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 847-3728
BrandRS PRO
£6.82
Each
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- Flat Nose Pliers - - Straight - 130 mm Carbon Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 245-0536
BrandRS PRO
£17.00
Each
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- Long Nose Pliers 17mm - Straight - 160 mm Steel - - Yes - - -
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