Timmy writes: “These are the greatest tool nobody’s ever heard of. They’re specially designed for installing and maintaining wire fince on metal and wood posts. It’s six tools in one: a staple starter, hammer, two staple pullers, a wire stretcher, a wire splicer, and two wire cutters. There are many brands of fence pliers available, but I’d put my money on the Channellocks to be about the best.”
I’ll admit that though I’ve had a couple of pairs of fence pliers, I haven’t written about them yet because I never really work on fences. I’ve used them to pull staples, as a hammer, and to cut thick wire, but I’ve never really used ’em for their intended purpose.
Channellock does tend to make solid tools, but we’ve also seen some up-and-coming introductions in the last few years — especially Irwin’s set, released under the Vise-Grip name. They feature Irwin’s ProTouch grips, which we’ve been pleased with. Of course, YMMV.
The Channellock streets for around $22, and the Irwin/Vise-Grip starts around $18. Amazon has ’em for almost exactly the same price.