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What are the different types of concretor’s nippers and pliers?

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There are four types of concretor's nippers and pliers There are four types of concretor’s nippers and pliers available. These are the standard manual concretor’s nipping pliers, high-leverage manual nipping pliers, rotary tying pliers and electrically-powered rebar tying machines.

Standard concretor’s nipping pliers

Standard concretor's nipping pliers These are the most common type of concretor’s nippers and pliers. They are particularly suited to the DIYer or trades person who only occasionally needs to tie steel reinforcing bars together.
Standard concretor's nipping pliers are the least expensive type available. These are the least expensive type of concretor’s nippers and pliers and have a wide range of features available, including polished jaws, black phosphate, chrome- or nickel-plated surface finishes and PVC or bi-material handles.
Advantages and disadvantages of ADVANTAGES   DISADVANTAGES
  • Least expensive type of concretor’s nippers and pliers
  • Manually operated so require no external power supply or charging
  • Available with either bi-material or PVC handles
  • Requires more user effort than other types
  • Has a smaller cutting capacity than high leverage concretor’s nippers and pliers

High-leverage concretor’s nipping pliers

High leverage concretor's nipping pliers These are a larger version of the standard concretor’s nippers and pliers. Not only are the handles longer but the jaws are a shorter distance from the pivot bolt. These two factors greatly increase the leverage that can be applied, making cutting through thick tying wire easier than with other types.
High leverage concretor's nipping pliers are not available with bi-material handles They also share many of the same features as standard concretor’s nippers and pliers. However, bi-material handles are not available on this type.
Advantages and disadvantages of ADVANTAGES   DISADVANTAGES
  • Less effort required than with standard concretor’s nipping pliers
  • Manually operated so require no external power supply or charging
  • Less expensive than electrically powered rebar tying machines
  • Have the largest cutting capacity
  • More expensive than standard concretor’s nipping pliers
  • Not available with bi-material handles

Rotary tying pliers

Rotary tying pliers This type of concretor’s nippers and pliers is designed to both speed up the process of tying rebar together with wire and reduce the fatigue and muscle strain on the user. It does this with the use of a rotary handle. With the wire tie clamped in the jaws, pulling the rotary handle spins the tool around, quickly twisting the wire.
No twisting of the wrist reduces the fatigue of the user. This eliminates the twisting movement in the wrist that is required with other manual concretor’s nippers and pliers.
Wonkee Donkee says: 'These tools are not readily available in the UK.'
Advantages and disadvantages of ADVANTAGES   DISADVANTAGES
  • Manually operated so require no external power supply or charging
  • Less expensive than electrically powered rebar tying machines
  • Quicker at tying rebar than other manual concretor’s nippers and pliers
  • Causes less fatigue and wrist stain than other manual concretor’s nippers and pliers
  • More expensive than other manual concretor’s nippers and pliers
  • Has a smaller cutting capacity than high leverage concretor’s nippers and pliers
  • Not readily available outside the U.S.

Electric rebar tie machine

Electric rebar tie machine These tools are capable of tying wire around rebar in just 0.8 seconds, making them the quickest way of securing rebar. They also don’t require twisting movement of the user’s wrist, so they cause less strain and fatigue than manual concretor’s nippers and pliers. However, they do weigh more than manual types at around 2kg.
Electric rebar tie machines are only suitable for professionals who have to tie a lot of rebar. They also cost considerably more than manual concretor’s nippers and pliers, making them only suitable for professional concretors who are regularly tying a lot of rebar together.
Advantages and disadvantages of ADVANTAGES   DISADVANTAGES
  • Much quicker than using manual concretor’s nippers and pliers
  • Tie tension of wire can be adjusted
  • Cause far less user fatigue than manual concretor’s nippers and pliers
  • Cost considerably more than manual types
  • Require a power source to charge batteries
  • Weigh more than manual ones