and groove pliers are one of the many tools that are used by commercial
electricians, especially when working with conduit. One of the main
reasons is because of the compression couplings that are used to put
conduit together, but also, they just plain come in handy. I would definitely recommend buying two of these if
you work on putting up conduit. You will get your money’s worth if you find yourself frequently using compression couplings. I really like that Milwaukee angled
the head of their Tongue & Groove Pliers at 45 degrees and not 80-90 degrees. It
makes it easier to tighten the couplings in hard to reach places.
Plus, the smooth transition grips are especially nice because it feels like the tool is
a part of your hand. The grips also don’t feel as if they’re likely to slip, even when you’re applying significant pressure to the tool.
And speaking of applying force, the forged alloy steel and induction hardened jaws really do bite. They will grip pipe and hold on like nobody’s business. And that’s what I want in my pliers. They can let go when I do – but not before.
Another feature that we thought was really good on this tool was the reaming head.
There are actually two ways to ream conduit. While Milwaukee shows pictures
using the top of the head to ream out the conduit, we found you can also
use the part of the tool just above and below the jaws. Both ways
seem to work just as well. The really nice part of this tool is that it
eliminates having to get out a file (yet one more tool) to eliminate
burrs on the inside of freshly cut conduit. This will definitely save you a lot of time and it’s nice to see a tool that’s actually designed for this purpose (considering we’ve been abusing our existing tools in this way for years).
The Milwaukee Tongue & Groove Pliers are so handy, so well-designed, we might actually say they could set the standard of what tongue and groove pliers
should be. If you like saving time (and who doesn’t?) this tool will save you a ton just
with the reaming function alone. Highly recommended.