Pliers: What They Are For, Types and the Best Ones

Pliers are indispensable, whether in a car garage or when doing small DIY projects.

Although it is an essential tool, each model has its uses and characteristics.

In this article, we’ll list the different types of pliers, their uses and applicability.


What are Pliers?

Pliers are hand tools used for grasping, holding, cutting, or handling objects efficiently, consisting of 2 metal levers that come together at a common point.

This point creates a jaw that can grip or apply pressure to objects.


What are Pliers used for?

The exact job done by pliers depends on the specific type of pliers and the context in which they are used. However, they are most commonly used for cutting or clamping.


How are Pliers Classified?

Pliers can be classified based on their function, design, and specific uses.

Each set of pliers is built with the aim of meeting a certain need, with the most common classification categories and respective examples as follows:

  • Based on function: cutting or clamping;
  • Based on jaw design: straight or curved;
  • Based on usage: locking pliers, wire stripping pliers, among many others.



Which Pliers are Available in the KROFtools catalogue?

The KROFtools catalogue contains the following models of pliers, allowing you to provide your customers with the best service and improve productivity in your car garage:


  • Cutting Pliers

As their name implies, the sole purpose of cutting pliers is to cut.

They tend to be pretty useful in the day-to-day operations of any car mechanic/electrician.

Click on the image below to find out more about our pliers with reference 226.



  • Circlip Pliers

Circlip pliers are divided into two categories:

  • External/internal;
  • Straight/bent.

Circlip pliers simplify the task of applying or removing brakes, but you must choose which pliers best suit each circumstance.

Click on the image below to find out more about our Circlip Pliers Set 4pCS Int Ext Bended and Straight (Ref. 132500).




  • Multidirectional Plier Clamps

Mechanics may need to place clamps in difficult locations. For such cases, this model can be used to both install and remove clamps.

Click on the image below to find out more about our Multidirectional Plier Clamps (Ref. 7963).




  • Exhaust Pliers

If your garage specialises in fixing exhaust pipes, it is crucial you have exhaust pliers, as they allow you to remove the exhaust hangers from a car’s exhaust system, as well as from exhaust pipes and mufflers.

Click on the image below to find out more about our Exhaust Hanger Plier (Ref. 6188).




  • Plumbing/Fuel Line Pliers

Plumbing or fuel line pliers are used when working on water pipes or fuel filters.

Like needle-nose pliers, they can be more precise and delicate than other models of pliers.

Click on the image below to find out more about our Fuel Line Plier VAG (Ref. 6250).



  • Bent Nose Plier

This model is one of the most accurate for use in car garages and comes with the option of curved or straight tips, which help when dealing with areas that are harder to access.

Click on the image below to find out more about our Bent Nose Plier (Ref. 220).



  • Oil Filter Pliers

Oil filter pliers are used to remove oil filters.

Click on the image below to find out more about our Oil Filter Adjustable Plier (Ref. 6260).


Which are the Best Pliers for Electricians?

If you work with electricity, then you can find the following tools in the KROFtools catalogue, which are indispensable in your toolbox:


  • Water Pump Pliers

This water pump tool can be adjusted for any type of tightening.

Among the main advantages of this model, the following should be noted:

  • Quick fit;
  • Comfortable to use;
  • Protects the user’s fingers from being squeezed.

Click on the image below to find out more about our Fast Adjustment Water Pump Pliers (Ref. 13007).




  • Grip Pliers

Locking pliers are used to hold and press parts and surfaces and are equally helpful in tightening and unscrewing screws and nuts.

Fitted with an adjustment screw and made of aluminium, this type of plier can hold materials with a stability far greater than that exerted by other models. These come with various tips:

  • Straight tip;
  • 45 degree-tip;
  • Right-angle tip.

In terms of the advantages of this model, the most notable include the fact that it has built-in wire cutters for greater versatility and reinforced teeth for a more precise grip.

Click on the image below to find out more about our 10″ Grip Pliers (Ref. 0111).




Combination Pliers

Universal pliers are one of the most versatile and indispensable tools in any toolbox, as they are used to cut, crush, or fit cables or tighten objects.

Click on the image below to find out more about our Combination Pliers (Ref. 228).



Which Other Pliers can you find in the KROFtools Catalogue?

In addition to these models, the KROFtools catalogue contains pliers for use on:

  • Valve Pliers: ideal for adjusting and handling valves in internal combustion engines;
  • Spring Pliers: widely used in the automotive industry, these are used for bending, cutting, or shaping sheet metal;
  • Brake Pliers: these are used to compress the brake pistons in a car’s braking system during maintenance;
  • Connector Pliers: these are used to handle fragile cylindrical parts, such as connector bushings or lamp tubes;
  • Soldering Pliers: the function of this type of pliers is to hold and handle parts during the welding process, providing stability and precision;
  • Piston Rings Pliers: ideal for installing piston rings on engine pistons without breaking them;
  • Spark Plug Wire Pliers: the function of this type of plier is to remove spark plug wires in hard-to-reach places, protecting hands from shocks, burns, and scratches.

When working with pliers, it is essential to adopt some occupational safety measures.



Which Precautions Should You Take when Working with Pliers?

First, make sure you use the appropriate pliers for the task at hand and avoid overloading them.

Keep the jaws of your pliers clean and in good condition by regularly checking them for wear or damage.

When using this tool, use protective equipment such as gloves and glasses to avoid injury.

Never use pliers as a hammer or lever, which can damage the jaws and reduce the tool’s useful life.

By following these precautions, you’ll ensure you’re using your pliers safely and effectively.


How Much Does a Pair of Pliers Cost?

The price of pliers varies between tens and hundreds of euros, depending on the model you choose and its characteristics.

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