Milwaukee 6 IN 1 Diagonal Cutting Pliers

If you're looking for a well made, compact, and versatile pliers, then give the Milwaukee 6 IN 1 Diagonal Pliers a try - they make a great addition to any toolbox.

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Milwaukee 6 IN 1 Diagonal Cutting Pliers



Diagonal pliers (aka 'wire cutters') are primarily single purpose tools - cutting wire and thin diameter metal stock. A distinguishing characteristic of these pliers is the V-shaped cutter, which compresses and cuts the wire, as opposed to snips, which have pivoting blades that shear as they pass by each other.
 
The Milwaukee 6 IN 1 Diagonal Cutting Pliers (48-22-4106) are of a compact design - they measure 6-1/2" in length and weigh only 8 ounces. These pliers are also available in 7" and 8" versions.
 
The body is made of forged alloy steel, and the handles are covered with a rubber grip. A series of ribbed surfaces on the handles enhance the grip and help reduce slipping. The head has been treated with a rust preventative, though it's good practice to keep your tools dry; if you do leave them in a damp environment, occasionally spray them with a rust inhibitor like WD-40's Long Term Corrosion Inhibitor.


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Fulcrum placed close to jaws  
    
As we've seen on the other Milwaukee 6 IN 1 pliers, the fulcrum is positioned very close to the cutting edge - about 1/4" from the edge of the cutters. This enables you to apply much greater cutting force.


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V-shaped cutters      

The V-shaped cutters compress rather than shear. The 3/4" long cutting edges are laser hardened to increase durability - I found it relatively easy to cut through 10 gauge wire, #5 bolts, and nails up to 7d. While you can cut through #6 bolts and nails larger than 7d, it requires, at least for me, considerably more effort, using both hands to apply pressure.


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Serrated jaws for pipe reaming   
 
The outside of the jaws have been milled with straight edges so that you can ream pipe from 1/2" to 1" diameter. For smaller diameter pipe use one jaw. If the outside of the jaws were more convex in shape, reaming would be more effective.


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Thread and cut in one step      
    
As on the other Milwaukee 6 IN 1 pliers, there are twin holes that enable you to thread and cut #6 and #8 bolts in one step. Make sure you insert bolts through the threaded side. You'll need to open the jaws slightly. Once you insert the bolt it doesn't take much hand pressure to snip the end off. The bolt will be self-threaded as you extract it from the pliers.


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15° offset head         

The head is offset by 15°, which makes it more efficient when you need to cut flush to a surface. I found that these pliers did a reasonably job pulling small nails (4d and under), as long as the nails were at least 1/8" above the surface. However they weren't effective on large nails. They also did a good job pulling up plastic coated fastener staples - as long as you can fit the tip under the staple.


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Compact, durable and versatile    
 
The Milwaukee 6 IN 1 Diagonal Pliers retail for around $20. If you're looking for a well made, compact, and versatile pliers, then give them a try. I think they make a great addition to any toolbox.

 
Key Features:
•   6-1/2" overall length
•   4" handle length
•   Made of forged alloy steel
•   15° offset head
•   3/4" laser hardened cutting edge
•   Reaming head - 1/2" to 1" pipe
•   #6 & #8 bolt threaders/cutters
•   Nail puller
•   Rust protected
•   8 oz weight
•   Rubber overmold grip
•   Limited lifetime warranty

Manufacturer:Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp
Available From:Tool and equipment suppliers nationwide
Retail Price:$19.99 CA, $21.47 US
Model #:48-22-4106 (6" version)
Made In:Taiwan
 Carl Duguay, March 2012
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