Locking Pliers

Locking pliers are an essential hand tool for those working in applications where heavy-duty gripping is required, like clamping pipes, or twisting stubborn objects. Locking pliers are also commonly known as mole grips or vise-grip pliers and can be purchased in a wide variety of configurations, shapes and sizes, dependant on the application they are required for.

How do locking pliers work?

One side of the plier handle includes a bolt that is used to adjust the spacing on the jaws. This helps ensure that there is a secure fit around the object that is being gripped and that there isn't a risk of slipping off the object, especially when a large amount of torque or pressure is being applied.

On the other side of the plier, there is a lever that allows you to push the two handles together to apply pressure and securely grip the object, which normally functions with a locking mechanism and guarded lever to ensure security and safety for the user and the object being gripped. These two handles also double up to unlock the jaws when the task has been completed.

Types of Locking Pliers

There are many different variations of mole grips available, each of them having a distinct benefit for the applications they can be used in. Below are some of the most common types of mole grips:

  • Needle-nose or long nose - these are a precision locking plier that can be used for applications where hands may be too big, like bending or clamping small electronics wires
  • Straight jaw - these pliers have flat jaws and are ideal for gripping flat objects like sheets of metal or wood
  • Curved jaw - they can hold objects that are round like cabling, bolts, and fasteners or fixings securely
  • Long reach - ideal for use in applications where objects are difficult to reach in enclosed areas or with limited access

When would you use locking pliers?

Locking pliers or mole grips can be used across a wide variety of applications. Traditionally they are used to clamp, grip or twist parts of metal during the welding process, however because of their heavy-duty nature and ability to grip so securely with minimal effort, they have proven to be popular across a variety of maintenance and repair applications where a nut or bolt has been damaged or rounded, or even pulling nails out of object.


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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. 847-3759
BrandRS PRO
£10.93
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 254 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 418-6265
BrandRS PRO
£21.07
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 250 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 847-3740
BrandRS PRO
£7.49
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 178 mm Chrome Vanadium Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 418-6243
BrandRS PRO
£19.30
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 178 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 192-3656
BrandRS PRO
£9.82
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 240 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 665-8422
Mfr. Part No.0-84-811
BrandStanley
£17.77
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 225 mm Chrome Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 176-0674
Mfr. Part No.513.10
BrandFacom
£23.99
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 235 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 537-183
Mfr. Part No.C6NVN
BrandCrescent
£17.40
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 152 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 879-3072
Mfr. Part No.T05T
BrandIrwin
£22.25
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 250 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 124-6115
Mfr. Part No.TAH2958-250
BrandBahco
£24.94
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - Yes
RS Stock No. 123-0240
Mfr. Part No.T1402EL4
BrandIrwin
£20.68
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 150 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 876-5196
Mfr. Part No.501AMPPB
BrandFacom
£45.80
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 250 mm Chrome Molybdenum Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 835-3125
Mfr. Part No.445.10R
BrandFacom
£123.27
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 360 mm Stainless Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 176-0668
Mfr. Part No.513A.7
BrandFacom
£20.58
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 190 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 862-6473
Mfr. Part No.501APB
BrandFacom
£56.35
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 250 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 537-224
Mfr. Part No.C5CV
BrandCrescent
£11.55
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 127 mm - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 123-0238
Mfr. Part No.T0102EL4
BrandIrwin
£20.24
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 250 mm Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 665-8576
Mfr. Part No.0-84-809
BrandStanley
£19.02
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 225 mm Chrome Steel - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2021
Mfr. Part No.FMHT0-75409
BrandStanley
£19.78
Each
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- Locking Pliers - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 125-2022
Mfr. Part No.FMHT0-74886
BrandStanley
£22.84
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- Locking Pliers - - - - 247.6 mm - - - - - - -