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Are there any alternatives to concretor’s nippers and pliers?

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The alternative tools to using concretor's nippers and pliers are pliers, claw hammer, tile cutters, angle grinder, wire twisters and end cutting pincers depending on what task you are wanting to perform. There are several alternatives to concretor’s nippers and pliers. Which one you might choose to use is likely to depend on what task you are trying to perform.

What are the alternatives for tying rebar?

Pliers can be used instead of concretor's nippers and pliers for tying wire around rebar. There are a few alternative tools you can use for tying rebar together. If you only very rarely have to do this task then a pair combination of pliers is likely to be the most available tool you could use as an alternative to concretor’s nippers and pliers.
Using pliers instead of concretor's nippers and pliers for tying a lot of rebar is likely to cause fatigue and wrist strain. While these may actually grip wire better than concretor’s nippers and pliers, their cutting capacity is far less so you may have to use thinner wire to tie the rebar together and they will require more effort which can cause increased strain and fatigue.
End cutting pincers looks just like concretor's nippers and pliers. End cutting pincers and pliers can also be used if you don’t have any concretor’s nippers and pliers for tying rebar. The two tools look very similar but end cutting pincers and pliers have shorter handles and are not hardened to the same degree, so although you can physically fit the same size wire in the jaws, they have a smaller cutting capacity. Like pliers, these are only suitable for tying a small amount of rebar together as they will require more effort, which can cause increased strain and fatigue.
Most wire twisters are unable to cut wire. Wire twisters are the best alternative for someone who is tying a lot of rebar together. Wire twisters put less strain and fatigue on the user than concretor’s nippers and pliers.
Special pre-cut wire ties used with wire twisting tools. However, most wire twisters can not cut wire so special wire ties or pre-cut lengths of wire have to be used, or a second tool is required to cut the wire once it has been tied around the rebar.

What are the alternatives for cutting tiles?

Concretor's nippers or pliers may not be the best tool for cutting tiles. As concretor’s nippers and pliers are not primarily designed for cutting tiles there are many alternatives, most of which will be better suited to the job. What tool you should use for cutting tiles will largely depend on what sort of material the tile is made of.
Tile cutters will give a better quality finsh to the edge of a cut tile than using concretors nipper or pliers will. You can get tile cutters designed to cut most tile materials. They are easy to use, give a better finished edge and are much quicker than using concretor’s nippers and pliers. Most, however, only cut in straight lines so if you require a tile cut with a curve you will have to use a different tool.
Hand held tile cutters can cut curves in tiles. Hand held tile cutters with a tungsten carbide wheel for scoring tiles can be used to cut curves on tiles.
An angle grinder fitted with the correct disc will be much quicker and easier at cutting tiles than using concretor's nippers and pliers. Another alternative for cutting tiles is to use an angle grinder, fitted with an appropriate disc for the type of tile you want to cut. These will require a power source though, weather they be 240v, 110v or battery operated. They will also cost more than concretor’s nippers and pliers, but if you already own an angle grinder you may only have to purchase the appropriate disc.

What are the alternatives for cutting or removing nails?

Claw hammers are an alternative to concretor's nippers and pliers for removing nails from pieces of wood. The obvious alternative tool for removing nails from wood is a claw hammer. As most people already have a claw hammer in their tool box it is often not worth investing in another tool unless you have to regularly remove a lot of nails.
Like concretor's nippers and pliers fencing and twisting pliers can cut and pull nails from wood. Fencing and twisting pliers are another alternative. Like concretor’s nippers and pliers, they can be used to pull out nails and staples from wood, or cut them.
Heavy duty side cutters or mini bolt croppers are the best tools for cutting nails. Heavy duty side cutters or mini bolt croppers are a better alternative to concretor’s nippers and pliers if you only need to cut nails or staples. As these tools are specifically designed for cutting wire and nails they have a higher cutting capacity than even high-leverage concretor’s nippers and pliers.