9 Top Tips for Using Pliers

A professional knows all the rules about using pliers, but a review of the following points may help you recall any you may have forgotten.

  1. Never use pliers to do another tool's job.
    Pliers should not be used as a hammer or pry tool or a wrench. Using pliers instead of the proper tools risks damaging the work, damaging yourself, and losing time.
  2. Never push pliers beyond their capacity.
    Bending stiff wire with light pliers or the tip of needle-nose pliers can spring them or break them. Use a stronger, blunt nose pliers. When you need greater leverage, use pliers with greater leverage. Don't extend the length of the pliers handles. Bolts should be cut with a bolt cutter, and large cable with a cable cutter.
  3. Never expose pliers to excessive heat.
    Direct flame on metal can ruin the tool. Cutting pliers are especially vulnerable to high, direct heat.
  4. Never cut hardened wire with ordinary pliers.
    Pliers should not be used for cutting hardened wire unless they are specifically recommended for this use.
  5. Never rock pliers from side to side when cutting wire...and never bend the wire back and forth against the cutting knives.
    Either practice can dull or nick the cutting edges. Cut wire at a right angle only. If it won't cut readily, the knives may need sharpening. Or you may need pliers with greater leverage.
  6. Never cut any wire or metal unless your eyes are protected.
    Goggles or other protective devices are an absolute must. Don’t take shortcuts. Operate safely...the professional way.
  7. Never cut any wire or metal unless your fellow workers' eyes are protected.
    The wire that doesn’t get you may get someone else. Think about the “other guy” as well as yourself.
  8. Never depend on plastic-dipped handles to insulate you from electricity.
    Plastic-dipped handles are intended for comfort and a firmer grip only. They are not intended for protection against electric shock. Never use any pliers or cutting tools on live electrical circuits. Only use insulated tools that are marked with the official international 1000-volt rating symbol if there is any chance that the tool will make contact with an energized source.
  9. Always wear approved eye protection such as protective goggles or a face mask.

Klein Pliers Provide Exceptional Performance and Durability

Klein High Leverage Side Cutting Pliers

All Klein pliers are made of the finest U. S. steel alloy. They are forged, precision machined, hardened, and carefully tempered for maximum strength. Klein pliers provide exceptional performance and durability.

All pliers mating surfaces and dimensions are precision machined for faultless performance. The pliers halves are precision matched and hot riveted for uniformly smooth opening and closing action, and the cutting knives are manufactured for long-lasting edges and perfect alignment.

The cutting knives on all Klein pliers are designed to meet according to the way each is used. Side-cutting and long-nose pliers with side cutters have knives that meet at the hinge first and then meet at least one-half of the knife length. Diagonal-cutting pliers meet at the tip first and then meet at least one-half of the knife length. These precise knife-closing designs increase knife life and facilitate resharpening.

Klein pliers are individually adjusted to meet performance standards far exceeding application requirements – ensuring that nothing less than outstanding quality ever carries the Klein name.

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High-Leverage Side-Cutting Pliers — Heavy-Duty Cutting

  • Cuts ACSR, screws, nails and most hardened wire
  • High-leverage design. Rivet is closer to the cutting edge for 46% greater cutting and gripping power than other plier designs
  • Streamlined design with sure-gripping, cross-hatched knurled jaws
  • Features combination polished and black-oxide finish

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