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How to fix off center pliers on a multitool 331

Hero Member Posts: 577
How to fix off center pliers on a multitool
« on: March 21, 2021, 12:04:07 AM »
   I just received a "cheap and cheerful" multitool that  actually seems like a really good one for the price I paid ($10.00), but it has one flaw. The pliers are off center. I have attached a photo. Amazon quickly sent me a replacement, but it is the same way. I know it is not off by much, but it seems to me this could affect its ability to cut wire. I did a few tests with some thin wire and it seemed to do OK, but I am thinking if I can get the pliers straightened, it would cut much better. Not sure how much this will affect its ability to grip. Has anybody had any luck fixing a problem like this? I am not going to bother getting another one sent to me. Thanks in advance for any help anybody can provide!
Hero Member Posts: 577
Re: How to fix off center pliers on a multitool
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2021, 03:14:25 PM »
So nobody has ever seen this before? I will have to admit, I have been buying multitools for years from prices ranging from $6.00 to $150.00 and have never seen it myself! I may try manually bending them and see what happens. If they break I am only out $10.00.
Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 67,877
Re: How to fix off center pliers on a multitool
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2021, 04:10:01 PM »
I have seen it but it is usually with a second hand MT and it is has play in the pliers where they will line up but wobble that much or more never in plier heads that are tight :think: Not sure how to fix that because it seems to be a problem when they cast it :dunno: bending it might or might not break it but would surely weaken it :ahhh Hope you can find a fix that lasts for you though :salute:
No Life Club Posts: 1,774
Re: How to fix off center pliers on a multitool
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2021, 05:38:41 PM »
Since you say it cuts wire decently, why not grind both sides until they're even? I know it's just cosmetic and would make it a true needle nose but, as you said, it's a $10 tool.  :dunno:

Also, and as Poncho stated, trying to bend it will weaken the pliers, if not break them.

Anyway, please keeps us posted as results come in! :tu: :cheers:

 

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