The other day there was a thread over at the Garage Journal polling members about whether they preferred quantity or quality when it comes to tools. As much as I prefer to use better quality tools, there are times when quantity and selection are a higher priority.
A few minutes ago I used two pairs or Proto precision pliers. I don’t remember the exact cost, but they were in the range of $22-$28 each. Xuron is my go-to brand for precision pliers and shears, but I will occasionally use Proto and others brands for tougher work.
With this in mind – the cost of the tools I was using, and the thread on GJ about quantity vs quality, I thought about a cheap mini pliers set that I have seen on Amazon a few times.
If a colleague asked about precision pliers, I would recommend a selection of jaw styles that would cover their intended use. But what if they didn’t know exactly what they needed and didn’t want to spend more than $15? In that case, I would recommend a small set of generically branded tools.
Cheap generic-branded pliers are not going to offer the best quality. They’re not going to offer the best performance. But, cheap low-quality pliers are often better than having no pliers at all.
This set by Neiko definitely has its place. Not in my toolbox (at least not anytime soon), but that’s because I use precision pliers often enough to know what styles I need, and because I’ve damaged cheap pliers and had delicate work damaged by them before.
Neiko 4-Piece Spring-Action Mini Plier Set via Amazon