Milwaukee 6 IN 1 Combination Pliers

One tool - six functions: ream, cut, strip, loop, bend, and grip. 

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Milwaukee 6 IN 1 Combination Pliers



Combination tools are great because it means less clutter on your tool belt and less time spent looking for other tools.
 
This Milwaukee 6 IN 1 Combination Pliers (48-22-3069) combines six tools functions in one. It does the work of needle nose pliers, wire stripper, wire cutter, wire looper, bolt cutter, and reamer.
 
The 48-22-3069 measures 7-1/2" long, and weighs only 9-1/2 ounces. The body is made of forged alloy steel, and the handles are covered with a rubber grip - ribbed surfaces on the handles reduce slipping, especially when your hands are moist or when wearing smooth gloves. The body has been treated with a rust preventative.


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The business end (A) pliers, (B) wire stripper (C) wire cutter (D) wire looper (E) bolt cutter (F) reamer    
        
The business end of the 48-22-3069 is approximately 3-1/2" long. The markings on the jaws are small but still readable.


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Spring loaded jaws work well; plastic jaw handle lock does not   
    
The jaws are spring loaded - as soon as you release the handle lock they spring apart smartly. The wire spring has the perfect amount of resistance, making the handles easy to compress.
 
The plastic handle lock is a bit of a disappointment. I found it impossible to open or close with one hand. It takes a fair amount of effort to move the lock up and down. On the plus side, once the handles are locked they won't come apart in your tool box.
 

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Milled teeth on the needle nose pliers makes for better gripping      

The needle nose pliers are about 7/32" at their widest. A cross-hatched pattern milled on the flats makes it grip small items.


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Reaming head tackles pipe from 1/2" to 1" diameter 

The outside of the jaws have been milled with straight edges to server as reamers. You can ream pipe from 1/2" to 1" in diameter. Use one jaw to ream 1/2 to 5/8" pipe, and both jaws for pipe up to 1'. The reaming feature works reasonably well, but I think it would be even more effective if the outside of the jaws were convex instead of flat, to provide a wider contact surface on the pipe.


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Finely milled surfaces on both sides of the cutter blade

The wire stripper works great - the notches are nicely milled and the back of the blade is  smooth. You can strip solid wire from 10 to 18 AWG and stranded wire from 12 - 20 AWG. There is a printed scale on the jaws that enable you to quickly match the notch size to the wire size.
 
The solid part of the blade, which serves as the wire cutter, is about 1/2" long. I found they gave a very clean cut on 12 and 14 gauge copper wire.
 

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Bolt cutter side
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Looping side
The twin holes at the center of the jaws serve as both the bolt cutters and wire loopers. To use the bolt cutter you need to open the jaws wide. The holes are threaded on the cutter side, and will accept either #6 or #8 bolts. Screw the bolt into the appropriate hole, and then squeeze the handles. 
 
The looper holes are on the other side of the pliers - there is a just legible 'LOOP' imprinted on the face. You can use this side to loop or cut wire - if looping close the jaws; if cutting wire open them.
 

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Bolt cutting
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Needle nose pliers
The Milwaukee 6 IN 1 Combo Pliers is an excellent choice for electricians, renovators, contractors, and avid DIYers - a single tool that can ream, cut, strip, loop, bend, and grip.

KEY FEATURES:

  • 7-1/2" overall length
  • 4-1/8" handle length
  • Made of forged alloy steel
  • Strips 10 to 18 awg solid wire
  • Strips 12 - 20 awg stranded wire
  • Cuts #6 & #8 bots
  • Includes reamer, looper, wire cutter, pliers
  • 9-1/2 ounces weight
  • Spring loaded jaws
  • Handle lock
  • Rubber overmold grip
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Manufacturer:Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp
Available From:Tool and equipment suppliers nationwide
Retail Price:$29.99
Model #:48-22-3069
Made In:Taiwan
Carl Duguay, March 2012
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