Are there any alternatives to combination pliers?

 

Are there any alternatives to combination pliers?

         
         
  Shop for Combination Pliers  
         
         
  Combination pliers come in different sizes and often have various additions  

Combination pliers are simple but versatile. They can be used for various tasks, some of which can be performed by tools with more specific functions. 

 
         
     

Alternatives to combination pliers for gripping 

 
  Combination pliers can be used for gripping and cutting  

Combination pliers offer better grip than hands for many things, including objects which are small or difficult to reach. 

 
         
  Pliers come in different designs. Pliers are used to grip  

Other types of pliers

Combination pliers are just one design of pliers available. For more specific gripping tasks, you might need a particular design. Combination pliers are for general use, but there are a huge number of specialist pliers, catering for various industries and tasks. 

 
         
  Pliers come in different designs and sizes  

For example, for reaching into a long, tight space, long-nose or needle-nose pliers might be more suitable. Other designs include pliers with adjustable pivot points, so the jaws will open at different widths. For a more permanent grip, you can get pliers which can be locked into place. 

 
         
  Adjustable wrenches can be used to grip tighly  

Slip-joint, water pump and multi-plier

Combination pliers are typically designed for gripping smaller objects, like wire and pins. To grip larger objects, slip-joint pliers, water pump pliers, or multi-pliers might be more appropriate. These come in various sizes, and each have jaws which can be set at different sizes. These types of pliers are usually suited to more heavy-duty gripping.

 
         
  Vices are usually attached to a table or bench. They grip objects firmly  

Vices

Another tool which can offer a secure grip is a vice. Larger vices are usually mounted on benches, but there are various designs and sizes. 

 
         
     

Alternatives to combination pliers for cutting 

 
  Combination pliers are used to grip and hold things and cut  

The small cutting blades on combination pliers are designed to cut small cables and soft wires. 

 
         
  Cutting pliers have cutters in their jaws usually  

Other types of pliers

Most designs of pliers often include a cutting function, either in the jaws, as with combination pliers, or on the handle side of the pivot point. Because combination pliers are designed for a multitude of tasks, their cutting capability is limited, as the cutting edges don’t extend across the length of the jaws. So, sometimes, other types of pliers may be more suitable.

 
         
  Side cutters and diagonal cutters can cut wire  

Side and diagonal cutters 

Often referred to as a type of plier, side cutters are specifically designed for cutting wire and similar materials. Unlike combination pliers, side cutters and diagonal cutters are designed specifically for cutting and aren’t suitable for gripping.

 
         
  Nippers, end cutters, end cutting pliers.  

End cutting nippers

End cutting nippers are sometimes called end cutting pliers or pincers. These are more heavy-duty wire cutters, used for larger diameter and harder wires.

 
         
  Wire cutters and bolt cutters can cut thicker things than most pliers can  

Wire and bolt cutters

There are types of shears which are specifically designed for cutting wire and small bolts. They are usually more heavy-duty than pliers, and can cut thicker and tougher materials. They are usually characterised by extra long handles and particularly short jaws.