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Talking about pistol grips, here is a tool you where can understand how it got the name. Pistol grip pliers like the kind Neiko and other brands offer allow you to sneak the jaws into places where you might have trouble operating straight-handled pliers. The force you apply by squeezing the handles is transferred almost 90º to close the spring-loaded jaws.

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These particular pliers are long-nose, but pistol grip pliers also come with bent, or hose and cable jaws. Pricing starts around $5 before shipping.

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13 Responses to Pistol Grip Long Nose Pliers

  1. kyle says:

    Good thing it has a spring to open the pliers, otherwise these could be hard to use effectively.

  2. kyle says:

    anyone vouch for quality, they seem way too cheep to be good

  3. Benjamen Johnson says:

    @kyle:

    I forgot to mention that the inspiration for this post was a pair that I saw at Lowes. I couldn’t find them online, so I just posted about ones I could find.

    I’m not sure they were Kobalt, but the had blue handles. I cant vouch for the quality of those pliers either, but at least you could try them before you bought them if you have a Lowes nearby.

  4. Jerry says:

    Try before you buy! I love that concept and every once in a while you can actually find a package that don’t require a chain saw to open – then you can try the product in the store. With needle nose pliers, I find the weakest point to be the jaws. It gets very discouraging to squeeze down on something and watch the jaws flex/bend so you have no grip.
    I do like the angle on these and may check Lowes to see what they offer.

  5. kyle says:

    I’m not a fan of Kobalt, i have a few thing that have held up about 3 years, fairly heavy use, although i did manage to break a small pair of water pump pliers

  6. george says:

    i think snap on and mac had those years ago. i never found any use for them.

  7. Jerry says:

    Since Kobalt was introduced, there has really been little hype. Obviously, it is a private brand. As always, I am sure Kobalt is made by many different manufacturers. I have never owned any Kobalt tools but as hand tools go, everyone seems to offer a lifetime guarantee.
    Any opinions about Kobalt tools? I don’t see anything in the indexes here about them.

  8. Erik says:

    I generally find Kobalt to be pretty good, but I bought a Kobalt screwdriver with 4 driver bits and the larger of the bits has broken twice in less than a year under moderate use. It was cheap, and they replaced it both times, but I question what they will do next time it breaks if they don’t have that model in stock any longer. I figure I got my money’s worth out of it by now anyway – it was like $4. Pretty convienent- just not strong enough to turn reluctant screws.

  9. Coach James says:

    Kobalt ratchets, sockets and wrenches are made by Danaher and are on par with Craftsman(also made by Danaher for those items).

    Almost all their other hand tools are now made in China. They are “ok” for home use, but I find Channellock, Klein and several other brands to be far better.

  10. A.Crush says:

    What used to be made by Danaher in the USA for Craftsman, Kobalt, etc. has now apparently been farmed out to their facilities in the People’s Republic of China. There are of course still some of the USA-made things left on shelves, but from what I’ve heard, it’s all going to China. I wonder what the Danaher tool factories in the USA will be making, if anything.

    When I can no longer exchange my Craftsman pliers for made-in-USA ones, I’ll probably buy more Knipex instead.

    As for the pliers, these fall under the category of probably-never-use-it-but-might-as-well-have-a-cheap-pair-in-case-I-ever-do. I don’t see them being particuarly useful, other than in the one situation where you need to reach something or push a bolt/wire through somewhere and straight long-handle needlenose or bent nose won’t do the trick. I haven’t found a pair I want yet, but if I could get the cheap Neiko’s for that $4.99 price without paying the $8+ for shipping, they’d be about right for having around just in case, and maybe doubling as a second pair of longer-handled needlenose too.

  11. fred says:

    I used to buy 20 inch steel toolboxes at Lowes – their model #132778 – that had a UPC 721615138017 – made by Waterloo in Mexico. Lowes current #132778 has a UPC 879686002369 – made by who knows in China. The blue handle on the new model is nice – but the new latches are tinny and prone to failure.

    The Kobalt Pliers have a UPC 820909541592 – made by someone in China for Lowes – whereas the Danaher – Easco Hand Tool – Kobalt sockets have a UPC that starts out 082171 – and most seem to say either made in Taiwan or made in USA

  12. A.Crush says:

    Found ’em at Lowe’s, something like $8.98…their “new lower price” down from $12 or something. I’d swear they are the exact same pliers as the Neikos though, minus the spring mechanism and the flat inner handles to go with it, and of course with blue grips.

  13. Jon says:

    I have purchase a few Neiko tools over the years and found that they are of good quality for the price. I don’t have the exact pliers mentioned in this article but purchased a set of pliers, http://www.handtoolworld.com/Neiko-5-Piece-Nickel-Iron-Pliers-Set-p/nk02022a.htm, they have worked great.

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