Pliers are versatile hand tools used for gripping, bending, cutting, and holding objects. AFT Fasteners carries a wide range of pliers, all constructed from the highest quality drop forged steel with specially-designed grips for comfort and control. AFT proudly carries industrial quality pliers and plier sets manufactured by trusted brands including Channellock, Crescent, Irwin, Klein Tools, Stanley and Martin Tools.

Types of Pliers

There are various types of pliers available, each designed for specific tasks. Here are some of the most common types:

  • Slip-joint Pliers: These are the most basic and versatile pliers. They feature an adjustable pivot point, allowing the user to adjust the jaw size for different tasks.
  • Long-Nose Pliers: Also known as needle-nose pliers, they have long, tapered jaws with pointed tips. They are ideal for reaching into tight spaces, bending wire, and gripping small objects.
  • Diagonal Cutting Pliers: Also called wire cutters or side cutters, they have angled cutting edges that allow for precise cutting of wires, nails, and other materials.
  • Linesman Pliers: These pliers have a heavier design with gripping jaws closer to the handle. They are commonly used by electricians for gripping, bending, and cutting wires.
  • Tongue and Groove Pliers: Also known as Channellock pliers (a popular brand), they feature adjustable jaws that can be set to different widths. They provide a strong grip and are commonly used for plumbing tasks.
  • Locking Pliers: These pliers have a built-in locking mechanism that allows them to stay clamped onto an object without requiring continuous squeezing. They are also referred to as Vise-Grips (a well-known brand).
  • Flat-Nose Pliers: These pliers have flat, wide jaws with a blunt tip. They are useful for bending and shaping wire, holding objects firmly, and manipulating small components.
  • Bent-Nose Pliers: Similar to long-nose pliers, but with a bent or angled tip, these pliers are particularly useful for reaching and gripping objects in confined spaces.
  • Snap-Ring Pliers: These specialized pliers are designed for installing or removing snap rings or retaining rings. They come in two types: internal and external, depending on the type of snap ring being manipulated.
  • Wire Stripping Pliers: These pliers have specially designed jaws with graduated holes that allow for stripping insulation from electrical wires without damaging the conductor.

These are just a few examples of the many types of pliers available. Each type has unique features that make it suitable for specific tasks. It's always helpful to have a variety of pliers in your toolbox to tackle different projects effectively.