Pliers – Which types exist, and how to use them


TL;DR at the bottom. Also, ctrl+f to search for the wanted plier.

Pliers are simple, but extremely useful tools for any mechanic.  The idea of a plier is very simple, which is to give the mechanic a way to hold or bend an object. Pliers give a mechanical advantage above using your bare hands, by allowing more strength and precision to be applied.

Many types of pliers exists, and created to complete a certain task. Most pliers are created using the same basic idea, which is to intertwine two levers of a certain length to gain mechanical advantage. Found at the end are jaws that allow the pliers to gain greater grip on an item. Other types of jaws exist, and are covered further down the article.

Longer levers equals more torque, and thicker levers allows a better and stronger grip. Thin levers may hurt your hands.
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