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5 Best Fencing Pliers of 2020 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

a pair of fencing pliers

The frustrating thing about shopping for pliers is that you never know how they are going to perform when just looking at them at the store. Sure, you can play around with them a little bit, explore how they feel in your hand, but there is still no guessing how they will perform weeks or months down the line.

For a huge purchase, like a table saw, many buyers might be willing to buckle down and do the necessary research, but for something small like fencing pliers? No one has the time.

That’s exactly why it can be handy to bring in the pros. Our job is to study the ins and outs of tools to discover not just how they will perform out of the box but also months over time.

Our fencing plier reviews are optimized to help you find the perfect product for your needs so read on and enjoy.

Comparison Table (Last updated in 2020)

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Channellock 85 Channellock 85
  • Moderate price
  • Comfort grip
  • Versatile
  • Best Value
    Second place
    DEWALT DWHT70273 DEWALT DWHT70273
  • Versatile
  • Comfortable grip
  • Third place
    Crescent 10-7/16 Crescent 10-7/16"
  • Moderate price
  • Special grip for removing staples
  • Made of forged alloy
  • TEKTON 10-1/2-Inch TEKTON 10-1/2-Inch
  • Versatile
  • Very affordable
  • Michigan Industrial Tools 10-1/2-Inch Michigan Industrial Tools 10-1/2-Inch
  • Very cheap
  • For light use only
  • The 5 Best Fencing Pliers

    1. Channellock 85 Fencing Pliers – Best Overall

    Channellock 85 Fence Tool Pliers

    The Channellock 85 fence tool pliers are moderately priced with a simple but elegant design oriented around performance.

    The blue rubber grip designed to keep your hands comfortable while you use the tool, which is a great feature to have in instances where you have a lot of work ahead of you.

    It’s also very versatile. This tool is capable of both stretching splicing and cutting, ensuring you’ll get about as much use out of it as you could need.

    There isn’t much to complain about with this tool. The metal will rust over time, but regardless it’s a high-quality unit that you should get lots of use out of.

    Pros
    • Moderate price
    • Comfort grip
    • Versatile
    Cons
    • Will rust over time

    2. DEWALT DWHT70273 Fencing Pliers – Best Value

    DEWALT DWHT70273 Fencing Pliers

    DeWalt is our second place choice today, but that’s not all. Thanks to its enormous value, it also comes in as our best for the money pick.

    If you’re familiar with the company DeWalt you know that they make some of the best tools on the market. You also probably know that their gear is usually very pricey. That being the case, it’s nice to see them produce a reasonably priced pair of pliers.

    At first look it might be hard to tell the difference between this tool and our top choice. Both feature a comfortable padded grip, and a versatile head that can cut, pull, splice, etc. as needed.

    With all of these features one might imagine that the DeWalt would be our top spot, right? Not quite. This is a great tool there is one key problem that keeps it second on our list. The metal is a little bit softer than we expect to see from pliers, which might cause durability concerns over time.

    It’s still a good tool, but it will experience nicks and scratches over time.

    Pros
    • Best for the money
    • Versatile
    • Comfortable grip
    Cons
    • Prone to scratches

    3. Crescent 10-7/16″ Fence Tool Pliers

    Crescent 10

    Third, a product from the well known company Crescent. This pair of pliers is made of forged alloy electrically induction hardened to (at least in theory) maximize the durability factor of the tool.

    The tool comes equipped with all of the standard capabilities of fencing pliers—it can cut, pull, splice, but it also features a special fixture on the head specifically designed for removing staples, or fine wires.

    The biggest issue to look out for with this tool is that it isn’t very comfortable to use. It does feature a red rubber grip, but it comes off very easily. Even when it is on, however, it does very little to keep you comfortable.

    Granted, the pliers will still perform well, but considering how long you might have this tool in your hands, it can be nice to have something made to be comfortable.

    This isn’t a huge problem, but there are options out there available for the same price that do have better comfort features.

    Pros
    • Moderate price
    • Special grip for removing staples
    Cons
    • Not comfortable
    • Grip comes off easily

    4. TEKTON 10-1/2-Inch Fencing Pliers

    TEKTON 10-1/2-Inch Fencing Pliers

    Tekton take our fourth and penultimate spot. One of the best handheld tool companies out there, it’s no surprise to find this unit on our top five list. In fact, the only true surprise is that it’s not ranked hire. We’ll talk about why that is in a moment, but let’s first highlight a few key features we really like.

    The first thing many buyers will appreciate is the simple fact that this tool is very affordable. It’s also hyper versatile, able to hammer, remove staples, cut and splice wire, etc.

    It’s an unambiguously good tool but a couple of kinks keep it from finding a more prominent position on our list.

    Unfortunately, the issues are all performance-based. The jaws don’t grip very well with finer materials (which is what we are usually working with when it comes to fencing pliers). It’s hard to get a good grip on wires and staples.

    It also gets nicked up easily which does mean the tool has a shorter life expectancy than we’d prefer to see.

    Pros
    • Moderately priced
    • Versatile
    Cons
    • Struggles working with finer objects
    • Durability concerns

    5. Michigan Industrial Fencing-Pliers

    Michigan Industrial Tools Fencing-Pliers 10-1/2-Inch

    Last, the Michigan Industrial tools fencing pliers. This is the kind of tool you buy if affordability is your first and last concern. It’s really cheap, but there are also pretty clear reasons for why that’s the case.

    It doesn’t grip very well, it gets nicked very easily and it will rust over time. We’ve also heard from owners who say that their pliers completely fell apart after a short period of use.

    If you only need this tool for light use you might be ok. Otherwise you’ll want to go with something else.

    Pros
    • Very cheap
    Cons
    • Gets nicked
    • Rusts easily
    • May fall apart after short period

    Conclusion

    Our fencing plier reviews will tell you a lot. Hopefully by now you’ve learned the pros and cons of all of these awesome products. But one thing the reviews can’t tell you? Which option to buy.

    That’s something you will need to decide for yourself. However, if you think you could use a little bit more help, there are two pairs of pliers you might want to take another look at.

    Our top pick was the Channellock. This unit is going to be good for people that prioritize quality when they make their purchasing decisions.

    However, sometimes value needs to be the primary deciding factor. In those cases, there is usually something available that performs well while respecting your wallet. Today that product is the DeWalt, an affordable high performing tool you won’t want to miss.

    But of course, you don’t have to choose these options if you don’t want to. We are tool Sherpas. Our job isn’t to tell you what to buy, it’s simply to give you the resources to make your own informed decisions.

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