On paper, the 2 tools may seem very similar because they're both handheld. But they are actually quite different.
The basic pliers can only install plastic snaps.
The professional handheld press is more like a handheld version of our table press. Not only can it install plastic snaps, but it can also assemble metal snaps, grommets, rivets, key fob hardware, and cover buttons, plus perform a range of other functions like punching holes and removing snaps. It's also built with a mechanism that makes pressing down much easier, making it ideal for those who suffer from arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, or other hand, wrist, or grip weakness.
Here's a video explaining these and many more differences:
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