Often used for gripping and twisting, combination pliers are also sometimes called lineman’s pliers. These tools are effective because of their jaw-like plier design, which offers mechanical advantage to the user through the force of leverage. Highly durable tools, combination pliers have a gripping joint at their snub nose and differ from conventional gripping pliers because they also have a cutting edge in their craw, which allows them to snip. This makes them the perfect tool for anyone working with wires who wants to grip and then cut with a single action – typically electricians.
Often designed for heavy duty use, a well-made pair of combination pliers offers an accurate cutting area even when being used with extreme force on heavier gauge wiring. Some also offer electrical insulation, a safety feature that is useful for anyone working near to live mains wiring.