CruzTOOLS has announced the SWP8 Safety Wire Pliers for Powersports vehicles.
It’s not uncommon to find safety wire pliers in a technician’s tool box, especially if they’re involved in competition. Often referred to as SWIPES (for “Safety Wire Installation Pliers”), they ease the operation of twisting wire that firmly secures fasteners and other parts.
The two primary components of swipes are the locking jaw and a lever that rotates pliers when pulled out. To the casual observer, all swipes may appear equal, but close observation will reveal significant differences. Quality ranges from very good – and thus very expensive – to quite poor. Professionals will agree that quality pliers are necessary for confident completion of the task, especially if safety of the rider is at stake.
CruzTOOLS set out to develop safety wire pliers that rival top professional units, but priced for a much broader audience. The SWP8 features a precision diagonal nose jaw and heat-treated cutting blades, using pro-spec chrome vanadium material. The locking mechanism operates with ease, as does the self-retracting twist lever. Fit and finish is professional-quality. The SWP8 measures 8.5” tip-to-tip and retails for $39.95.
“We don’t normally develop specialty tools,” stated Dan Parks, President of CruzTOOLS, “but found the Powersports market lacked a moderately-priced pair of pro-grade safety wire pliers. We’re also gratified that our general aviation customers have shown interest for common safety wiring needs in aircraft.”