Hi folks. I’m looking for some slightly unusual pliers. The jaws should be narrow, less than 3/16" or so wide. The jaws can be short, and I’d prefer that, for better gripping strength.
Specifically, they would be used for pulling up puncturevine, an invasive weed that creates those awful goatheads that puncture bike tires and create no-go zones for dogs. They grow from a taproot. I’m looking for something to stab into the soil an inch or two, grab the taproot and pull it out.
Ordinary forged needlenose pliers become clogged with dirt before they can grab the root, because they’re too wide. Also their grip isn’t great. Multi-tool pliers work okay, except the jaw shape makes it a difficult to grab the root at the right point in the jaws (much of the jaws don’t meet when closed.) Those pliers made of stamped sheet steel from Xuron or Hakko don’t have stiff enough jaws.
Something with a profile like an ordinary slip-joint pliers, but less than half as thick, would work, I think.
Any ideas? Thanks in advance!