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Name that tool
Posted 30 December 2018 - 10:21 PM
They look like pliers but have that funny thing between the handles. The metal knob end of the funny thing corkscrews out. The white plastic cap on the other end seemingly does nothing. The handles can be locked together by a spring loaded screw.
Anybody have any clue as to what the purpose of this is? I'm kind of a tool guy but I have never seen one of these before.
Posted 30 December 2018 - 10:40 PM
They're "Safety Wire Pliers".
Designed to twist wire "stays" on bolts and nut in aircraft. They're used in other industries, too, I think.
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Posted 30 December 2018 - 10:55 PM
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Posted 30 December 2018 - 11:06 PM
Mike nailed it. Also used in racing sports as well. Sometimes for the bolts in brake parts and such.
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 11:09 PM
Great for making strong forms for pouring cement. A doubled heavy wire is passed through holes on opposite sides of the form, and a nail inserted through the bend. The pliers are locked on the tag ends, and you pull the spiralled handle, which twists the wire tight. After the cement sets, you clip off the wire - in the picture, it appears there was a LOT of wire clipping done.
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