Stanley Tool Tips.....Pliers Safety Tips

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Follow these tips on safety when using pliers.

  • Pliers should not be used for cutting hardened wire unless specifically manufactured for this purpose
  • Never expose pliers to excessive heat. This may draw the temper and ruin the tool.
  • Always cut at right angles. Never rock from side to side or bend the wire back and forth against the cutting edges.
  • Don't bend stiff wire with light pliers. Needle nose pliers can be damaged by using the tips to bend too large a wire. Use a sturdier tool.
  • Never use pliers as a hammer nor hammer on the handles. They may crack or break, or edges may be nicked by such abuse.
  • Never extend the length of handles to secure greater leverage. Use a larger pair of pliers or a bolt cutter.
  • Pliers should not be used on nuts or bolts. A wrench will do the job better and with less risk of damage to the fastener.
  • Oil pliers occassionally. A drop of oil at the hinge will lengthen tool life and assure easy operation.
  • Safety glasses or goggles should be worn when cutting wire, etc. to protect eyes.

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