Cutting Pliers

Cutting pliers have two main functions: cutting (obviously) and gripping. They are used to cut through sheet metal, thin strip metal, wire mesh, cold rolled steel etc., all of which ranges from ½ inch up to 1/8th of an inch thick. Also they can be used to grip different types of materials that are difficult to hold or have rounded edges such as pipes. 

Cutting pliers are absolutely necessary for everyday work since they increase productivity and save costs by eliminating the need for additional machines/equipment.


What are cutting pliers?

Cutting pliers are tools that have a sharp edge on one or both ends of the jaws. The cutting edges can be straight, angled, or curved and often come in various shapes, such as a pointed tip with serrated cutting edge for cutting wire.

Cutting pliers consist of two U-shaped jaws which are held together by a pivot point. Some sets have a screw mechanism that changes the distance between the gapping of the jaws to allow for tight or loose gripping. The pivot is usually located at the bottom of the handle, where there is an opening or hole through which a pin goes. The main handle, which extends from the pivot to the end of the handle and is covered by a plastic or rubber coating.

How are cutting pliers used?

Cutting pliers are used by craftspeople and professionals to cut materials including metal, glass, wire cable, tile or other types of material. There are three main types of cutting pliers: diagonal cutting pliers (to cut wires), end cutting pliers (for sheet metal work) and flush cutting pliers (used when you want to make a clean cut). In this guide I will discuss the different types of cutting pliers and the material they are used to cut.

Cutting pliers are used for cutting soft metals such as copper and aluminum, bending metal strips, wire stripping (cutting electrical cables to length), gripping objects that cannot be held with fingers (e.g., nails), gripping small objects, twisting objects, pulling objects out of tight spaces and clamping large items together. Cutting pliers can also serve as an ice pick because they have tapered points at both ends which can penetrate surfaces easily.

Suitability of a particular cutting plier to a particular task is determined by the curvature and shape of the blade, cutting edges, and the design of grips. In this section I will discuss the application of cutting pliers to metal, glass, wire, cable, and tile.

Buying Cutting Pliers

The types of cutting pliers available at the hardware store can be overwhelming. They come in so many shapes and sizes, all with different features that make them more or less ideal for various jobs. So what qualities should you look for when buying a set of cutting pliers?

Before you buy anything, it’s important to think about how often you will use your new tool and where - whether on a job site or around the house. You also need to consider how tough the material is that you will be cutting. For example: are they made mostly from metal? Plastic? Glass? Wire cable or tile? Once you have this information, then start looking at other factors such as comfort, grip strength and size-to-weight ratio.

If you are an occasional DIY'er, then a cheap set of cutting pliers will get the job done just fine. But if you are working in a professional setting and want or need tools that can withstand daily use, without fail, it's worth spending some time researching.

Where to buy cutting pliers?

Cutting pliers are sold at every local hardware store, whether Lowes, Home Depot, or even Walmart. We recommend saving money on gas and purchasing your cutting pliers here, at The Plier Shop.