|Size||6" Lineman's Pliers|
|Specific Uses For Product||Professional|
|Package dimensions||22.91 x 8.99 x 2.31 cm; 258.55 Grams|
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DOWELL Lineman's Pliers Combination Pliers with Cutter 6 Inch Heavy Duty Nickel Chromium Steel Construction And Professional Handle
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- Durable nickel chromium steel construction,Induction hardened cutting edge stays sharper, longer
- Upgraded version professional grips provide extra comfort and reduces hand fatigue
- Machined jaws for maximum gripping strength
- Meets or exceeds ANSI specifications
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I simply typed "pliers" on Amazon - and suddenly I had to decide whether I need the one that can also cut wires, or whether I need pliers that are 6" or 8" and angled or straight, or whether I needed a set - and if I did, what should the set include, and then which set do I get? I had so many things to Google, and so many decisions to make.
What sent me on this adventure: I needed a tool that would help me snap the blade on my box cutter, which I’ve been using almost exclusively on Amazon Prime boxes. I went on YouTube to search for videos on how to change the blade - only to realize that I did NOT need to change the blade; I needed to SNAP OFF the blade with pliers.
The guy on YouTube made it look and sound easy. And the pliers that he was using in the video looked familiar. So, as usual, I land on Amazon. Needle nose? Side-cutting? Tongue-and-groove? WTH? The guy in the video wasn't specific about which pliers, so I took a chance.
I studied the video over and over again, slowing it down as much as I could, freeze framing the part where he uses the pliers to try to see if I could identify the type of pliers he was using. Was it an Irwin? Dewalt? Craftsman? Maybe a Tekton?! Did it matter?
All kidding aside, I was beginning to wonder if I was overthinking it. It was in my nature, after all, to over-research certain purchases - especially when it came to gadgets and hand tools. I mean, I could return it, if it didn't work out. And with that, I clicked and bought these.
I waited the 1-day it took for these pliers to finally arrive. Still I wasn't sure if I had made the right decision. It came down to an Irwin and this - the Dowell 6” lineman pliers; the Dowell came out ahead because it was shorter for my smaller hands, and it was cheaper for my tighter budget.
When the pliers finally arrived, I was quite astonished. Never could I have imagined (honestly) that something so masculine and beefy could cost only $7.99 (pre-tax). Damn (as my niece would say).
Now, of course, I began to wonder what that (more expensive by $1.00) Irwin would have felt like in my hand. Armed with my brand spanking new* pliers, I couldn’t wait to snap off the box cutter's blade.
I did exactly what the guy on the YouTube video did. I used the pliers to hold on to the tip of the blade - held on to it firmly, and with a very satisfying snap, it flicked right off. I snapped off another one just to make sure I knew what I was doing.
I beamed with pride. I made sure to dispose of the old blades wrapped in Scotch tape just like the guy in the video. And with that, I could put my new pliers away.
*A note on how I’m use the term “new” here. I purchase the pliers brand new - yet somehow, the pliers arrived a bit smudged and a bit oily/greasy. Perhaps this is just residue from the manufacture process? Not sure, really. I ended up using a microfiber cloth to polish the metal parts - and that’s when it looked “brand spanking new” to me.
Reviewed in the United States on 16 January 2019
Reviewed in the United States on 28 November 2019