How to Use Fence Pliers

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How to Use Fence Pliers


It seems as though pliers can have as many shapes as uses. Their swiveling jaws can be used for gripping, bending or cutting a variety of materials. However, fence pliers are not exclusively used for fences. In fact, they are one of the most ideal pliers for general purposes.

Required Materials

  • Safety glasses
  • Leather gloves

Required Tools

  • Fence pliers


The “Fence” in Fence Pliers

By definition, fence pliers are designed for constructing and maintaining fences. They are ideal for various tasks involving fence wire, such as pulling and cutting staples contained in fencing. When working on either metal or wood posts, fence pliers are the only tool that you will need. Expectantly, these tools contain pliers’ jaws that are used to pull wire. Fence pliers are characterized by a flat, bulky head that is used for hammering. These tools include a hook for pulling staples. Finally, fence pliers feature wire cutters on both sides.

Fence Work and Beyond

Fence pliers are perfect for various types of fence work. However, they also serve as excellent general purpose pliers for bending, tying and cutting. These pliers are typically manufactured from sturdy steel, and contain convenient handgrips. If you choose the right fence pliers, you will never need to replace them with another pair.

Building a Fence

A fence can be installed by using hand tools exclusively. It is important that only premium tools are used. This will make your task easier, and will prolong the life of your tools. In addition, you should have heavy-duty leather gloves, as the severed ends of fence wire are quite sharp. When building a fence, use a quality claw hammer. You will also need to have wire cutters. Focus on the effectiveness of the cutting edges, rather than the size of the cutters. A post-hole digger will help to dig holes for the posts and a crimping tool is useful for splicing the fence’s wires. Next, the tamping tool tamps the soil around the corner posts and a post-pounder can be used to push T-bar posts into the Earth. Additionally, use a “come along” to aid in tightening-up the fence wires. Lastly, you should certainly secure fence pliers for your task.

Safety First

When using fence pliers, it is important to take certain precautions to ensure your safety. As with all other tools, protect your eyes by wearing safety glasses. Also, pliers should never come in contact with extreme heat, as it could severely damage the tool. Additionally, never widen the handles’ length, to improve your leverage. It is better to switch a bigger pair of pliers, or to a bolt cutter. If your fence pliers become cracked, sprung or broken, throw them away. When cutting with fence pliers, always perform cutting at right angles. Remember that a wrench, rather than pliers, should be used to work on nuts and bolts. Also, never bend the wire back and forth against the cutting ends, and never rock the pliers from one side to another. Finally oil your pliers to improve their performance and increase their lifespan.



  1. doug said,

    on January 10th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Nice article. I found the best fence pliers to be the utica style.