Types of Pliers – Joint Type

by Andy on May 6, 2013

Tongue and Groove PlierAfter you choose your plier jaw then joint type is typically next on the list. Picking out the proper joint type is important, as it greatly affects the performance of your pliers. The three main types of plier joints are rivet, box, and tongue and groove.

Rivet joints are the most basic type, consisting of a metal pin or bolt that holds the two sides of the pliers together and providing a fulcrum for them to pivot around. This type of joint is cheaper than most, as it is easy to make but does not hold up to high strain situations.

Box joints offer more strength at a slightly higher price. These joints are made by making a hole in one side of the pliers and having a peg that is attached to the other side pushed into it. Because the fulcrum is a part of the plier it is stronger than rivet joints, allowing you to work on projects with high load or strain levels.

Lastly, tongue and groove pliers have an adjustable joint, allowing you to change the jaw opening size. This allows you to use one set of pliers for a wide range of situations, without the handle getting wider. Tongue and groove pliers can be made with either a rivet or a box joint as the fulcrum, so look at which is used to see if they can be used in high strain situations.

Do you have any more questions on types of plier joints? Leave a comment below, or call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351 today!


Lindstrom ESD-Safe Ergonomic Rx CuttersIf you work with cutters all day long then you know how important ergonomics are. Worker fatigue can lead to many problems, from product defects to medical issues. Using an ergonomic cutter can help reduce fatigue, allowing operators to reduce strain and increase productivity. Lindstrom RX series cutters provide this ergonomic support, through operator oriented design.

The light weight handles on the RX series cutters are also made from a textured plastic material, to keep the device solidly and comfortably in your hand. Their rounded shape helps you maneuver the cutter to easily find the best working angle.

RX series cutters also feature a return spring which automatically opens the cutters to let you keep your hands in the correct position. The unique spring design keeps resistance low during cutting to reduce fatigue on difficult cuts. This spring is adjustable to allow different grip widths as well as variable resistance.  The springs are also easily replaced to keep tool repairing costs low.

Most importantly, the cutter blade is made with precision-ground edges to provide a sharp cut over a long life span. There are many types of blades available, so you can choose the cutter that meets your specifications. We also carry Lindstrom RX series pliers, which feature the same ergonomic handles with various types of heads and tips.



For a limited time we are offering up to 39% off select Lindstrom RX cutters and pliers! Check out our site or call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351 to place your order today!


Vendor News Roundup-February 2012

by Andy on February 3, 2012

We’d like to take time to acknowledge some of our vendors who have exciting company news.

Channellock Logo
Channellock made the cover of Vendor Partner Magazine (published by the North America Retail Hardware Association)

OC White Co Logo
O.C. White has been nominated for a 2012 Edison Award for their Green-Lite Magnifiers. What sets them apart from the rest is their energy efficiency along with their high output. These magnifiers are also ESD-Safe.

The Edison Awards are recognized across the country as America’s innovation awards named after Thomas Edison himself. Finalists for the awards will be announced on February 11, 2012 and winners will be announced at the presentation reception and gala on April 26, 2012.

Lista Logo
Lista has launched a new corporate website

Lindstrom Logo
Lindstrom is featured on the inside of the February/March edition of Beadwork Magazine for their EX pliers.

Congrats and keep up the great work!

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The 8 Safety Rules of Pliers

by Andy on September 29, 2010

Short Nose PliersAlthough you may use pliers on a regular basis, here’s a chance to brush up on your safety skills. As Klein Tools presents in their most recent catalog, the following points are of great importance when working with pliers:

1. Do not use pliers to do another tool’s job. We’re all probably guilty of using pliers as a hammer at some point, but doing so may lead to damaging your tools and your work, as well as potentially injuring yourself.

2. Never try to use pliers beyond their ability. Trying to bend stiff wire with light-duty pliers may spring or break them. Stronger, blunt nose pliers are more suitable for this task. Also, don’t exceed the length of the pliers’ handles. Larger pliers may be needed if the handles do not extend as far as the task calls for.

3. Do not expose pliers to excessive heat. Because pliers are sensitive to high heat, your tool may be destroyed if placed under direct flames.

4. Always cut at right angles, not side to side. By rocking the pliers from side to side when cutting wire or bending the wire against the cutting knives, you may dull or nick the cutting edges. If you have trouble cutting, try sharpening the knives or using pliers with greater leverage.

5. Be sure the type of pliers match the application. Unless your pliers are specifically designed to cut hardened wire, do not use ordinary pliers to do so.

ESD-Safe Pliers 6. Always protect your eyes before cutting wire or metal. Wearing approved eye wear such as goggles, a face mask, or another protective device is a must when using pliers for cutting wire.

7. Do not use pliers on live electrical circuits. Comfort grips or plastic-dipped handles are not designed to protect the user from electric shock. If there is a chance that the tool will touch an energized source, be sure to only use insulated tools.

8. Oil pliers to maintain life and value. You can lengthen the life of your tool by occasionally putting a drop of oil at the joint of the pliers. This will also allow for easy operation.

Do you need specific pliers for your activity? Check out our Electronics Pliers, ESD-Safe Electronics Pliers, Mechanical Pliers, and Locking Pliers.