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Milwaukee continues its hand tool releases with the pliers you see above, which they call “6-in-1 combination and long nose pliers.” That’s a mouthful of words, yeah? According to the press release, Milwaukee says these will replace three separate tools: a metal de-burring tool, a wire stripper, and needle nose pliers — a combination of tools familiar to anyone doing electrical work.

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So let’s see if we can identify all those components. The needle nose pliers are pretty clear, and they look pretty sturdy with lots of detail machining. The wire strippers are embedded into the pliers’ jaws, and you’ll get slightly different capabilities in each of Milwaukee’s two models: the “combination” pliers (pictured, I think) handle 10-18 gauge solid and 12-20 gauge stranded wire with #6-32 and #8-32 bolt cutters. The “long nose pliers” model handles 10-14 gauge solid and 12-16 gauge stranded.

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There’s also a little knife built into the jaws, which looks like it’d be great for stripping cable sheathing. Milwaukee suggests that the grooved outer surface of the pliers’ jaws works as a pipe reamer/de-burring tool.

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We found ‘em on Amazon (below) for what essentially looks like a pre-order for $22.

We’ll obviously take a closer look at these when we can get them into the Toolmonger shop. But in the meantime, we thought you’d like a look. Personally we’re enjoying the hell out of the increased battle for the hand tool market.

Via Amazon [What’s This?]

 

18 Responses to Milwaukee’s 6-in-1 Pliers

  1. Noah G says:

    Milwaukee, y u no put crimpers on these?

  2. joseph says:

    looks shitty. Do no understand why you advertise for cheap asian made tool while there’s plenty of quality made and innovative american, european and japanese hand tool.

  3. browndog77 says:

    This won’t replace my needle nose pliers! The jaws don’t even meet. I’d bet you’ll find the word China on these somewhere. Might be handy for a travel tool-kit, but I doubt it is priced accordingly!

  4. browndog77 says:

    Wow! I missed that $22 #. fuggettabouttit!

  5. Shopmonger says:

    Joseph? Dont’ understand why it matters what tools are posted, ALL tools are cool. Putting where they are made as a sole criteria just shows the ignorance in America today….. All countries in the world make some good and cool tools…..they all also make some crappy ones. including here in the good ol USA…. Tools must be evaluated by their own characteristics, not by the country of origin stamp. I buy American tools because i want to keep the money in America, but that does not mean i don’t respect all tool makers,….embrace the world and our differences and the world will slowly become a better place for all……in fact TOOLS may be the glue that binds the world to PEACE…

    ShopMonger

  6. browndog77 says:

    @ Joe – Yes they are locked, and they are closed against the stops. If the were to close further than that the wire strippers would be worthless, digging into the conductors and guaranteeing a failed inspection (or maybe a fire?). @ Shopmonger – Being made in China (or any other country where labor costs are minimal) is not the problem by itself, but coupled w/ the steep price it makes it a hard sell.

    • logan says:

      If you look closer, the strippers are ovular in that position, so they need to close more, they are simply locked. The locking mechanism looks cheap, but I definitely want this tool. If the lock breaks, so what? I can just use it like pliers, which usually have no spring anyways.

  7. rob says:

    well as Klien wire strippers are almost $30
    if these do as much as they claim its not a bad deal
    I may look at a pair when the hit the shelves here in Canada be one less tool in my belt that I only use every now and then and one more that I only use now than that I never have when I need it

    would be inplace of my wire strippers
    I could remove my needle nose and I would
    have a pipe ream when I need it rather than using my pliers

  8. @Shopmonger I think what Joseph was trying to get at is that people should focus on Japanese tools, not Asian ones.

    Wait what?

    /snark

  9. jeffo says:

    I have noticed that Klein is starting to make tools in Taiwan, like their screwdrivers.

    Sad. There is an inherent chintziness in general with tools made in China or in Asia.

    This milwaukee tool is ugly and inferior looking in general. And what is the take home pay of the poor guys making this? So yeah its about quality and also humanity.

    The humanity and greed that goes into making inferior tools is sad IMHO. I have found a Hardware store in Chicago with alot of unsold old cool made in usa tools, AWESOME!. I have been snapping them up. The best tool I found was a decent solid tire pressure gauge, A Milton.
    Has a nice weight to it and its solid. When you feel that one and then you touch a modern made in china one it makes you cringe

  10. jeffo says:

    I will say that channel lock recently made a fold in half utility knife that was made in china that was really nice, made me wonder why it couldnt be made in usa though.

  11. Mike Lee says:

    Come on guys, greedy CEOs want big pay checks. After many years of importing cheap tools made in China and Japan, it’s finally catching up with us. Now they are making decent or better quailty tools. That’s why we had no jobs in the US.

  12. jeffo says:

    Mike I will say that the tools in china et al are better than they used to be, but they will never beat the quality of made in usa tools. I do admit that Kleins tape measures from china are topnotch.
    No one will admit that modern tire gauges that are made in china are lightweight and chintzy. Yes they work, but the craftsmanship is embarrasing.

    This milwaukee tool again is ugly and inferior to still made in usa klein versions. And with all the pliers made in usa or germany there is no need to buy pleirs like this made in china.

    Why a foreign hammer? Why a dewalt hammer?
    Thats the ad I see playing on this site. Ewing and Vaughn are in Illinois, Craftsman is great, there is no need to buy a foreign hammer thats for sure.

  13. fred says:

    @jeffo

    I’d be surprised if Klein ever made a screwdriver themselves – more lilkely that they outsourced to an OEM in the US – now maybe one in Taiwan

  14. bob says:

    I suspect using these to de-burr will thrash the plier joint pretty quick.

  15. Bob A. says:

    This tool might fall into the category of “x-in-one” tools where it does many jobs and none of them well. Consider the dog-bone 85-in-one wrench – however we will wait for a hands-one to be sure.

  16. Derek says:

    I am an electrician who recently purchased these strippers and i have absolutely no problem with them what-so-ever. i like them better than my klein strippers, the locking mech is much better. With the klein strippers i had to rip the lock off because it kept locking while i was stripping wire. My GB strippers (with the tic tracer built in) were just as much as these Milwaukee ones, and they were garbage made with cheep metal. These are rather heavy and durable, and you can actually use them to twist something as simple as a clip on a fluorescent light cover without separating the jaws and making the strippers useless.

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