Types of pliers and cutters
The pliers differ in size and shape, which translates into their ultimate purpose. The most common pliers used in the workshop are cutters, or cutting pliers, which are used to cut electrical cables to the required lengths. We can also use them to shorten metal rods and hydraulic or heat-shrink tubes. Short pliers, i.e. from 10 cm to several centimetres in length, are designed for cutting soft materials. They are also suitable for cutting metals with small cross-sections. We do not use them for thick cables, as this results in damage to the cutting edges. As a result, the cutting conditions are clearly deteriorating and the pliers need to be replaced. We use side or face cutters to cut the thick ends of electronic components. We recommend them to cut the ends of components soldered into the PCB. The choice of a robust cutter depends, among other things, on the amount of space available for the approach of the cutting tip near the cable being cut.
If you often cut or shorten cables of different cross-sections and sometimes solid metal wires, your toolbox should include both small pliers for cutting flexible and soft materials as well as large side and face cutters that provide efficient cutting performance for larger cross-sections and harder materials.
Multi-purpose flat-nosed pliers
They will be useful in a professional workshop and in the home office and garage. Flat-nosed pliers are very versatile, not only cutting, but can also be an alternative to tweezers. With their help, we will bend the oasis bar and bend the tip of the diode. We also press the heat-shrinkable shirt on the heated element. In this case, flat pliers provide additional protection for your fingers against burns when working at high temperatures. They enable very precise work with small parts. In addition to flat pliers, it is also worthwhile to have bent pliers, as both variants have different applications. They are designed to provide the angle at which you will approach the tool tip to the workpiece being supported.
The pliers must also have a comfortable grip. It has an ergonomic, slightly curved shape and its surface has non-slip properties, which ensures a stable grip. The weight of the pliers is also important for comfort and convenience. The materials of the pliers determine their weight. For this reason, the handle is often made of plastic, while the surface of the jaws is made of steel, which has exceptional resistance to mechanical damage. This combination of materials is the optimal solution, a compromise between light weight and the durability and robustness of the tool. Botland offers pliers of different lengths and different jaws. All are made of high quality materials.