What are combination pliers used for?
The primary purpose of pliers is usually to provide a tight grip, or grip things it would be difficult to hold with your fingers, allowing you to bend, twist, or otherwise manipulate a material.
The gripping jaws of pliers are designed to produce a more forceful grip than just using your hands. The design and size of the jaws determine what they can grip and where they can reach. Combination pliers come in various sizes with differences in jaw shape.
Gripping flat or round stock
Combination pliers have jaws designed to be especially versatile. The flat part can easily hold flat stock, while the rounded cut-out section is designed to hold rounded stock, such as small tubes and pipes, without crushing it.
The gripping jaws of combination pliers can be used to compress materials. They can be used, for instance, to tighten a ferrule (a clamping collar used to fix parts together) or close chain links, such as those used to make jewellery or chainmail.
Bending, twisting or straightening
Once a material is held firmly in the gripping jaws of pliers, it can be manipulated in various ways. This can be done with the help of your hand, a clamp, another pair of pliers, or other tools, depending on how you want to shape the material. Applications include the straightening or twisting of wires.
The firm grip provided by pliers means you can pull objects, usually to remove them from something. Pliers are often used to extract things like staples or thin nails. Some combination pliers can also be used to pull out larger nails, depending on their specifications or added features.
The cutters of combination pliers, sometimes called side cutters, are positioned near the pivot point, this is the position in the jaws where the most force is exerted. These cutters are usually designed to cut cables and soft wires, rather than flat materials. They are short blades, not designed to make long cuts. The thickness and hardness of materials you can cut with pliers depend on the individual tool's specifications.