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Unused hog rings kinda look like rounded staples. When you squeeze them with hog ringer pliers they form a ring capturing whatever happens to be in the center. They’re used in all sorts of applications, like fencing, landscaping, mattress and automobile seat construction, and even holding sausage casings closed.

For small jobs regular pliers may work, but if you have a lot of rings to form you’re gonna want a pair of hog ringer pliers like the pictured ones from Seymour. They cast the pliers from iron and zinc plate them. A thumb screw controls how far the jaws close, so you don’t crush the hog rings too much.

The pliers will run you anywhere from $8 to $10. A mess of hog rings will only run you a couple of bucks.

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8 Responses to Hog Ringer Pliers

  1. Gough says:

    A few years back, my company was doing summer maintenance at a sorority house and used these to string concertina wire around the sundeck. Apparently, it had the desired affect of keeping the frat boys at bay.

  2. fred says:

    We use some of the Malco brand hog ring pliers (HRP1, HRP2 and HRP2) for fencing. The HRP3 is similar to the one pictured here – has spring-loaded handles and uses single (one at a time) 1 inch hog rings. The HRP2 has a 50 (3/4 inch) staple magazine – and is similar to an older French (EDMA 446-TOP-GRAF-20) tool that we used to employ. The HRP1 is a single-shot plier that uses either ¾ or 5/8 rings.

    We also have a Bostitch P7


    For lighter-duty (wire cloth) applications we use a Midwest Air Technology tool (328750A) that crimps clips that are a bit smaller and flatter than hog rings.

  3. David Bryan says:

    I’ve even seen ’em used on hogs, although you don’t see much of that anymore.

  4. Dallasite says:

    Don’t bother asking the famous Elliot’s wheter they have either the pliers or the rings. I was re-upholstering the seats in my Volvo and needed new rings to replace some rusted ones that had broken. Their guys had no clue what they were nor where to find them, strangely enough. And Elliot’s has EVERYTHING! Where does one find the rings?

  5. Scwetherbee says:

    The Ace hardware in my small town has them. McMaster-Carr has everything, including hog rings (http://www.mcmaster.com/#hog-rings/=4iavde). BTW, how do I make a link here?

  6. David Bryan says:

    There’s a very interesting article from the Eleventh Texas Farmers’ Congress bulletin from 1908, in the section for the Texas Swine Breeders’ Association, titled “Ringing Hogs: Advantages, Disadvantages, Proper Method”, by F. J. R. Davenport, of Waxahachie, Texas, which opens with the sentence “The hog is a factor in this American government, and I am doing all I can to make of the hog a better hog.” And it just keeps getting better. I’d recommend it to all.

  7. Jim Crowell says:

    Many years ago while working landscape construction, we used this method to attach burlap to our welded rebar forms for fake rock formations. This supported the concrete/Fiberglas mixture we sprayed on — then meticulously hand detailed and actually had staff artists for rock verisimilitude.

    I lost count at the number of blood blisters I had from pinching as “real men” didn’t wear gloves. Nor anything but a eye protection when welding in shorts and t-shirts. Can’t say I’d be that guy now . . . .

  8. Rob Cox says:

    Hi. I have used them for years to make crab traps and box traps out of hardware cloth. It’s easy to use. They are also great for linking 2 pieces of (smallish) chain together.

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