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A good set of pliers can make any hobbyist, DIYer or crafter a better tool.

They are something we all need. They are indispensable. What other tasks could pliers be useful for? What else could pliers do for you that they aren't yet doing?

It turns out that quite a lot.

Since 1944, Maun has been creating exceptional tools. Our pliers have been used in a variety of ways for nearly 80 years. You can use your pliers to grip wires, fastenings and rods. But they also have many other uses, such as jewellery making, furniture construction, fishing and farming.

Below are some key uses for a plier. To help you get inspired. Get the most from your tools. Get more done faster.

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what are pliers used for?

Pliers come in many sizes and shapes to suit different purposes. There are pliers that can grip objects such as rods and pipes as well as those that can twist or grip wires.

Multi-purpose pliers, also known as combination pliers, are made to perform multiple tasks. You can also find sub-types that are designed for specific tasks.

For gripping
The most common design you will find in DIY shops is the gripping, scissor-shaped version. They are a multi-purpose tool and their metal limbs give extra leverage for difficult tasks.

What are parallel pliers for?

The short answer is that they do the exact same thing but are better.

Parallel pliers can grip the entire length of the jaw using their compound box joint system. They are useful for many different jobs.

Flat Nose Parallel plier: Holds square and hexagonal bolts, nuts and fastenings securely. These are ideal for metalwork, electrical work, and other tedious DIY projects due to their strong jaws.

Smooth Jaws Flat Nose Parallel Plier : Use the smooth jaws to hold and work on jewellery or craft pieces that have been damaged.

Here's a video of our Smooth Jaw Parallel Plier.

Use plastic jaw inserts to clamp parallel plier: Save your hands and keep your design protected by using jaw covers made of plastic.

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Bending/Straightening

You can also use pliers to bend or straighten things. Cross braces on pliers provide superior torque power for twisting and bending objects like sheet metal, nails, and wires. Every plier can bend things.

The type of plier you use will depend on the object you are trying to bend. You can grasp small objects with pliers that are either long-nosed or narrow-nosed. Electricians use linesman pliers to bend wire and cable.

Cutting

Some pliers can also cut wire and nails. Side-cutting and diagonal-cutting wire cutters are designed to cut and separate wires. Their jaw structure makes wire cutters less suited to gripping large objects like bolts. They are still considered to be pliers, however, due to their ability to grip and remove nails.

Splicing Wires/Stripping Insulation

For splicing wires or removing insulation, electricians use a variety pliers. Linesman pliers are the best choice for this job. The wire cutting feature allows you to cut through the insulation of an electrical cable and remove a small segment to expose the inner wire. You can do the same thing to another cable and then use the pliers for attaching or splicing the wires.

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