Which plier should I use?

There are different types of pliers on the market that facilitate work in carpentry, mechanical, electrical, blacksmith, plumbing, etc. projects. The different types of clamps that we can find today in a hardware store have been designed to facilitate different types of work such as cutting, pressing, pressing, or holding, according to their design, however, they all work from a simple lever mechanism.

Among the most used types of tweezers are the following:

  • Mechanic’s tweezers
  • Pressure clamps
  • Electrician pliers
  • Tip forceps
  • Cutting pliers
  • Pliers for cables
  • Miniature tweezers
  • Ring pliers Pulled pliers
  • 90 degrees pointed tweezers
  • Fuse remover pliers
  • Precision tweezers
  • Combination tweezers


This type of tweezers is the most commonly used to hold any type of material, their name (mechanic tweezers) is due to the fact that they are frequently used by automotive mechanics to manipulate, bend or hold any type of metal parts of different materials. during a car repair.

Within this type of tweezers, the most general use is distinguished by inches, the most commonly used are 6, 8, and 10 inches.

Another type of tweezers within this group are the farmer’s tweezers or extension tweezers.


Pressure clamps are one of the most diverse groups. It is a type of tweezers to manipulate, bend or hold pieces that are going to be worked in a process such as, for example, drilling. Its design allows to firmly hold work pieces and materials by means of a device that locks its jaws so that, after locking, the pressure force can be regulated by means of a screw that is in one of its legs, this screw not only regulates the clamping force, but also the opening of the jaws. To open these clamps, the tool has a lever on another of its legs, which when activated releases the pressure and allows the tool to open.

Among the most prominent types of pressure clamps are:

  • Pressure clamps ranging from 4 to 12 inches.
  • Straight pressure pliers.
  • Type “C” pressure clamp.
  • Tip pressure pliers.
  • Vise Grips
  • Chain pressure clamps.
  • Pressure clamps for the oil filter.


This specific type of pliers has been designed to handle electrical cables and can cut, bend and strip. Its legs are covered with an insulating material that provides confidence and security when you are working with cables with live electrical current.


Point tweezers are widely used in electronic device repair jobs since their pointed jaws allow to hold very small pieces. Pointed tweezers are also used in jewelry work.

Round nose pliers, on the other hand, allow for the coiling of cables and wires.

Both types of clamps have legs protected with insulating materials that avoid electrical shocks when working with electronic circuits.


Another very important type of tweezers is cutting tweezers or precision cutters. These are used to cut very thin gauge wires as in jewelry work, for example.

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