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 accommodate additional dies (sold separately) to 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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