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Module three: Core Electrician's Tools


Snipe Nose Plier

Snipe nose pliers are similar to pliers, but they have an extended jaw area, which makes it much more suitable for working in confined spaces.

For example placing small washers or nuts onto fittings and assembling wiring in tight spots.

Like the combination pliers, the curved serrated jaw part is designed for gripping round metal rods or tubes. It can also be used for holding screw heads or nuts.

Snipe nose pliers do have cutting blades, however, since the pliers are purposefully made more compact, they have smaller cutting blades than standard combination pliers.


They have many alternate names, the below are just some you might come by:

  • Radio pliers

  • Telephone pliers

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Long chain pliers

  • Long nose pliers


For even more convenience there is a version of the snipe nose pliers that has an angled nose - these are called bent nose pliers.

Both these types of pliers are particularly suited to work where there is very little room for manoeuvre

Bent Nose Plier video 

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