mike_kaiser_gwDecember 22, 2012

Seems like I misplaced my linesman pliers - Klein 9", not the Journeyman or 2000 series. I was happy with them but before I buy another pair, I thought might ask if anyone had any other suggestions.

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I never was displeased with any Klein pliers. Channellock now offers one with longer handles. Not sure of the price.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2012 at 5:19PM
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Ron Natalie

I don't normally go in for gadgety stuff but I picked up a pair of know name pliers at Home Depot a while back that in one configuration are a pair of linesman pliers and you flip the handles around and they are needle nose.

I find this real handy when I'm up in a tight space. That and a screwdriver pretty much all I need to have to hook up a device. Both can be stuffed in my shirt pocket.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 10:42AM
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Quite a few guys are really happy with knipex. I might try them when it is time to replace my trusty kleins.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 10:15PM
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After a bit of looking and vacillation (how's that for a word) I went with a pair of Knipex. Model 02 02 180 to be exact. Hardened cutting edges, "(hardness approx. 63 HRC) for soft and hard wire and piano wire."

Knipex describes them as "high leverage combination pliers" and the head is a bit smaller than a traditional "linesman" pliers. Knipex does offer the latter calling them "American style" linesman pliers. The former are a bit more compact and maybe easier to get into tight places. The latter would offer more mass if, as is common, to use the pliers as a hammer.

The other big difference is that the handles are a bit closer together, which might make them more comfortable for someone with smaller hands. Beyond that the operation is smooth and the "multi-component grips" are very comfortable.

About $35 plus tax. Made in Germany.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 11:26PM
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Does metal extend all the way trough the handles?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 4:21PM
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The handles are just a bit fancier plastic with a little softer material than the standard "dipped" stuff but the steel is full length. Kind of like Klein's Journeyman series.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 9:41AM
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