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Old 09-19-2020, 07:10 PM
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I am not able to get a pair of pliers to last me longer than 2 months. I fish about 15 days a month. What pliers are you 200+ days a year guys using and how long do they last? I use them for 2 purposes, fish removal and mono - 30# wire cutting.
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Full time guide 900-1000hrs a year, bought a pair of Van Staals and couldn’t be any happier
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Van Staals and be done with it.

I don't fish nearly that many days but I've had mine for years without a hiccup.
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IMO paying $350 for a pair of pliers is nuts. I buy thesehttps://www.tackledirect.com/manley-...se-pliers.html.
They are SS and you can actually reach into a fishes mouth to pull the hook. Less than $25
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200+ days a year here. I like the shimano pliers and side cutter the tackle shop has or the cheap ones for Home Depot. Use them for a couple months, soak with wd40 or diesel and replace with freshies when they don’t cut wire anymore.
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I had been using cheapies that I would throw away as necessary. A counter salesman at a large B&T in Miami talked me into a pair of Accurate Piranha pliers. Gotta say, they've served me well and worth the 100 beansI paid for them. Also love those old school Manleys!
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van staals and Manley pretty much are the staples.
Manley require some upkeep but will keep working.
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Donmar pliers, used them about 10 years, had them serviced last year.
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Donmar pliers, used them about 10 years, had them serviced last year.

I have a pair of donmars Ive had and used hard for close to 20 years...the key is dont drop um overboard!
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
van staals and Manley pretty much are the staples.
Manley require some upkeep but will keep working.
Yes amazing how much SS still rusts. As the name implies I guess it stains less.
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accurate-donmars-or van staal(only if money is not object)
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
Yes amazing how much SS still rusts. As the name implies I guess it stains less.
depends on the stainless. The low end stainless still contains some iron and will rust if the iron is exposed. The more expensive stainless has the iron replaced with nickel or other material that will not rust. Most retail products are low end stainless.
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I bought some van staals 12 years ago for 360 dollars, so if I do the math right I've paid 30 dollars a year for them and they are still working like brand new. Even though I could have bought a cheaper set ever year I haven't had to worry about them breaking at inopportune times.

I get it, they are expensive, I used to be adamantly opposed to high end pliers, when I worked as a deck hand all I used was Stanley pliers from Walmart that I would buy 5 at a time and when they rusted up they went in the trash. But, I was spending at least 30 dollars a year in cheepos.
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MANLEY Industries super pliers.
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I own Van Staal, Hatch and Danco. I always seem to have the Dancos on the skiff when I go out.
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Another vote for Donnmar! Had mine for over 25 years, and use them over 100 days a year.
Every couple of years I send them in for new blades as I use them on wire a lot.
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Danco makes an aluminum pair with short jaws I think they are called Beefcake or saw-doffs. Been my go to offshore pliers this year, bought several different pairs last year during their cyber Monday and all have been good, give some as presents and got a few different styles and colors ended up with several pink pairs.... nobody has walked off with those. They come with a plastic sheath and coiled cord. Those aluminum needle nose for bass and trout aren’t going to last. One of my buddies just buys cheap needle nose from the hardware store once a year, they rust so bad they might last 2 years.
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Manleys with semi frequent applications of CorrosionX
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Okay....looks like Donmar or VS...... I'll probably go with Donmar, because I dig a company that can stick it out as a manufacture in NYS, you know they are resistant. Thank you for all the replies.
I have adult children so I'll tell them to give me amazon gift certificates for Christmas and that should soften the blow!!!
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
Yes amazing how much SS still rusts. As the name implies I guess it stains less.
Mil-Spec for SS ---CRES (Corrosion Resistant Steel)

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