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These pliers with their smooth jaws are ideal for working on fine instruments that you can’t afford to mar or scratch and the spring return make handling delicate parts much easier. A very well made tool.
Used these to snip the tabs on a P80 frame. Perfect fit for the task, one snip for the rear tabs, segmented the front tabs into 3. Took off 98% percent of the material in 3 seconds. As opposed to using a dremel, way safer for your frame.
I use all different pliers in my hobby of electronics and restoring vintage electronics like wooden phones. I have plenty of Tekton stuff that I am delighted with (the security screwdriver bits are great fwiw). These pliers though, I couldn't find a niche for. If I want to manipulate something small, they can't fit. If I want to tear or crush something, they BEND, which is crazy. Like if you squeeze down on a bold shaft, most pliers would stop when you have them as tight as your hand can go. But these start to bend. I need for pliers to be stronger than me, that's often what they are for. So to summarize--if I want pliers to manipulate small things, these are too big, heavy, and wide. If I want pliers to magnify and focus my own strength, these are too weak.
I've used several items from Tekton over the last many years and generally you can count on them to be decent or better than decent - they take some time to do more than rebadge catalog items like many import vendors do. I've had some Tekton duds and usually will choose higher quality tools but all in all they're a good mid-priced brand to look to first.
I got the smooth jaw version of these pliers and really they are great - not perfect but no reason not to give them a solid five stars. I may get the serrated version too. Seems like good quality tool steel and it's surprisingly well ground and finished - no burs to clean up and the edges are clean and sharp (I chose to break the edges on mine a little but it's not necessary...takes just a couple minutes with a stone and a file wasn't needed).
I didn't notice that these are just 5" instead of 5-1/2" like the others in the line, but they'll do just fine. If you need a longer fuller grip go up to a normal 6" version somewhere. The coated grip length on these is just shy of 3".
The tip width is 1/4" and that tapers up to 5/16" at the base of the jaws. They are about 3/64" thick, which sounds pretty thin, but they are strong and totally adequate. Full jaw length is about 1-5/16". Width across the pivot on that surface is about 1/2".
As stated in the description, there is indeed a very small gap along the length of the jaws, and that can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on what you need. The tips meet for just a few millimeters before the gap gradually opens up. The widest part of the gap on mine is just about 0.23mm (around 9 thou with feeler stock). I can only see this being a drawback if you're working with ultra thin foils or similar - otherwise it's a good feature for better grip along the length until the material gets thicker. I've used pliers like this for peeling away nickel strips when disassembling battery packs and the gap on these pliers is still ok for that - not too large. These pliers may not be great for that purpose with their sharper edges if you want to roll them in use, but it's easy enough to chamfer or round them over if you want.
The spring action is excellent, not too stiff but just stiff enough to reliably open them, very similar feel to top quality electronics pliers. Given the short handles I expected it to be easy to pinch skin in the pivot but surprisingly that doesn't happen - great. I do wish the grips came up further toward the pivot for insulation (they could add about a half inch of grip and shouldn't interfere with the spring, or go to a molded grip and stretch a little further up).
Anyway, these are surprisingly great quality pliers and I could hardly believe that I didn't need to clean them up out of the box. If they aren't tooooo small for you, I'd highly recommend them.
Got this to easily snip the polymer off my p80 builds. I saw another review on here and the reviewer stated they used it for the same reason and I jumped on this purchase right away. These cutters are really sharp for being so small. You have to grip it pretty hard but it cuts plastic pretty easily.
These pliers cost $13, and they're worth $13. They aren't professional quality as some reviewers believe, but they are fine as an ordinary set of small pliers for suitably sized jobs. The grinding of the jaws is pretty good, and the cutter works well. The handles are comfortable enough, and the spring has a nice amount of tension with a good return feel.
On the other hand, the lap joint construction is weak, because the chosen spring design requires a large amount of open space (meaning less metal) behind the pivot. Also, the pivot is far forward, suggesting a high leverage design which accentuates the weak construction of the joint. This combination unfortunately causes the jaws to slide laterally when squeezing the handles hard. I also have the flat nose version of these pliers which uses the same joint, and it has the same problem. Furthermore, on the flat nose pliers, which I've had longer, the rivet hole has gained some slop so that the jaws will open a tiny bit at the pivot when you close the handles (you can hear a clicking sound and see the gap open along the mating edges of the jaws around the pivot). I suspect the same will happen to these, given it's the identical design.
Mine were also not finished carefully at the tip, so one of the jaw serrations left a large "hole" at the front edge where the jaws meet. This hole makes it difficult to grab fine wires or other small projections with the very tip of the pliers.
All of this doesn't make these pliers useless, and Tekton's description of them is accurate, but they are not "precision" or "professional" as other reviewers claim. They're fine for $13.
After trying multiple brands, this is the best at this price point. The quality is what you should expect by not paying $40. But that said, its definitely good quality and more than good enough for occaisional use. If I was serious about the tool -- making jewelry for money for instance -- I'd definitely spring for the pricey versions. But I'll make it easy on you: Do Not Bother with any of the other cheap ones -- they are mostly terrible and none as good as these.