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I get a gift of new sweet Kleins Iron worker pliers with the red grips. This is the same as the electrician pliers but only have the L shape handle? Or I'm missing something? They don't have any spring.
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I get a gift of new sweet Kleins Iron worker pliers with the red grips. This is the same as the electrician pliers but only have the L shape handle? Or I'm missing something? They don't have any spring.
I did not know Klein made pliers for iron workers?
When I worked next to iron workers all day every day they were using the same Klein's I had.
They would strip off the handles and heat up one side cherry red and bend it over like you said.
Iron workers pliers were made on the job. As far as I know they did not make pliers in that configuration.

Not one pair of Klein side cutters I ever had had any type of spring.
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I did not know Klein made pliers for iron workers?

When I worked next to iron workers all day every day they were using the same Klein's I had.

They would strip off the handles and heat up one side cherry red and bend it over like you said.

Iron workers pliers were made on the job. As far as I know they did not make pliers in that configuration.



Not one pair of Klein side cutters I ever had had any type of spring.
Klein does make ironworker's pliers. They have the bent handle as described, also the head is a little less beefy than your typical New England style lineman's pliers. The ones I have do have a spring. For some reason they're pretty expensive too, $70 Canadian around here (Klein lineman's are $50 - 60).

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Google iron workers pliers, lots of the out there.
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Thanks. Never seen or heard of iron workers pliers. How long have they been available?
When I worked on the slab, the iron workers used the same pliers I had with the handle bent out.
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I got a pair of Channel-lock with the spring, and bent handle type when I was doing tilt-ups. They're great if you do a lot of ty-wire twisting on re-bar.
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Thanks. Never seen or heard of iron workers pliers. How long have they been available?
When I worked on the slab, the iron workers used the same pliers I had with the handle bent out.
Technically they're ty-wire twisters. The re-bar guys use them exclusively. They been around (the factory made kind) for at least 20 years.
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I have used these when they were all that was around. To tell the truth I think the iron workers use these pliers harder than electricians do.

That little hook is pretty good for what they do. The knurling of the ironworker pliers is coarser. Some have springs, some don't. The main thing I don't like about the spring is it makes the pliers less pocket friendly.

The side cutters made for electrical work have a bigger bulkier head for twisting bundles of wire and reaming conduit. That also makes them a better halfass hammer if you use them that way a lot. They also have a longer cutter, the ironworker ones may take two bites to get through larger cables.
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Klein makes two sizes of rod buster pliers. One size is smaller than the standard 9 inch Kleins. The other is the same size as regular 9 inch side cutters, but with the hook handle on the finger side. Both of these have a more coarse pattern on the gripping surface. The only down side, for electric work, would be the bent handle puts the cutting edge on the opposite side for the way most of us use side cutters, since the hook handle does not fit well on the palm side of a persons hand.
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