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Old 12-20-2016, 08:21 PM
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MIG weld pliers, what the heck is this for?

My son just bought a pair of MIG weld pliers and I can't tell him what is this area of the tool used for? I have to assume it's a "hammer" but what in the heck are you going to beat on?

I know of nothing I would ever need a hammer for while using my MIG.

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Brian,

I just watched a video review on Hobart welding pliers and this guy claims they are hammers for light hammering!!? I haven't found a thing that mine are useful for except for cleaning a nozzle. I did learn that the smaller hole was for unscrewing tips and the big hole in the handles was for pulling nozzles that would have been useful to know, when I forgot my gloves and grabbed the nozzle for the slightest millisecond before I said loud things!!

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when I started I always told myself I needed those but now realize they aren't really needed. I could see them being useful for cleaning nozzles but I don't ever let it get to that point or you might get internal grounds. I just tap the nozzle if I ever see anything and it comes right out. My buddy had one and I tried it and didn't like it cause it didn't cut the wire like side cutters. Screw that tool, tell him to take it back. who cares what that edge is for?
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I use mine all the time. I also bought Hobarts tool. All of the previous purposes have been mentioned before by the guys. As to what the flat surfaces are for that's easy. They help in getting the proper spacing when adjusting for Skim.

Couldn't do it without them.

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"Adjusting for skim?"

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"adjusting for skim?"

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"Adjusting for skim?"

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Yep, after you've grabbed the nozzle with your bare hand, you then grab that pliers and adjust the nearest surface for a future "skim" coat of filler...
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