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Friday, November 28 2014 @ 09:18 PM ICT

They Joy of Good Quality Pliers

Motorcycle PartsWhile a normal pair of pliers can be had for a few hundred baht, good quality pliers cost a good amount more. At first, I was skeptical that they'd be worth the steep price, but since adding the set of good quality pliers to our toolboxes a few months ago our other pliers have gone mostly unused. Moreover, I' m ready to buy a few pair to gift to friends.

The pliers we not have are precision-made in Japan from hardened steel, the pliers have molded elastomer handles that feel good in your hand and won' t slide off like the rubber-sleeve grips on lesser quality tools. Spring-loaded jaws make for easy one-handed operation. I use the pliers for everything from grasping fasteners and cutting wires to crimping electrical connectors.

Nothing there sounds very special. But their most satisfying use is extracting stripped screws, in particular ones securing carburetor float bowls on your motorcycle. Good quality pliers turn what is normally a frustrating procedure into an easy, grip-and-twist affair. They' re simply the best way to grip round-head fasteners that won' t come out the usual way.

That capability is due to the pliers curved jaw tips with horizontal and vertical serrations. These let the pliers securely grasp stuff that normal pliers or Vise Grips would simply slip off of. Inboard of the pliers specialized jaw tips are deeply serrated concave clamping surfaces ideal for holding larger items. And further inboard are wire-cutting blades, which I've used to cleanly sever stuff as robust as steel throttle and speedometer cables. The pliers have replaced everything except my needle-nose pliers, circlip pliers and wire strippers. Add a pair of good quality pliers to your toolbox and you' ll be amazed how often you reach for them.

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