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.
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.
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.
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.