What's A Hog Ring Tool Used For?

When you hear the word hog ring, a fastener might not be the first object that comes to mind. Hog ring tools are not necessarily the most common item in a DIY workshop, but hog rings play an important role in almost everyone's daily life - from the car seat you sit on to wire fencing and mesh bags.
Similar to a staple gun, these tools drive "C" shaped collated fasteners (hog rings), which are used to attach wire, fabric and other materials - and lock them in place. You might hear someone refer to hog ring pliers as a bag closing stapler or hog ringer, as these tools are commonly used to close and seal a bag or sack at the opening. The most common applications that hog rings excel at include: automotive seat manufacturing, bedding and mattresses, wire cages, and plant and pot tagging.
To maneuver most hog ring tools, set the width of the jaws (when closed), then open the jaws by pulling the handles on the pliers. Affix the hog ring and jaws over the area in need to fastening and squeeze the handles to activate the tool.
Now that we know what a hog ring tool is and how it is used, let's look at some of the options that are available on the market. Some of the best tools you can buy, look at Bostitch's selection of hog ring tools. The SC7 Series Hog Ring Tools by Bostitch are time tested - and have a strong track record for optimal performance. The SC7 Series tools are designed for heavy-duty use in manufacturing or construction.
For smaller projects that don't justify the extra expense of an industrial grade tool, Bostitch also offers a couple manual hog ring tools, the HFP9 and P7. While these manual tools do come with some limitation to their range of application, they are generally the preferred models for the do it yourselfer that is caging a home garden or attaching signs to fencing.
Do you know which hog ring tool is right for you? Contact our customer service team with your application and we'll pair you with a tool to get the job done right.
~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • Martin April 30, 2017 at 5:45 PM


    I am looking for a pair of hog ring pliers that can close a ring to a relatively small inner diameter, roughly 1mm or so.

    Anything like this exist? I am trying to fish traps out of 1/4" hardware cloth (23 gauge wire) and I want the ring to close tightly. Any ideas?


    • Nail Gun Depot May 1, 2017 at 7:30 AM

      Martin, great question!

      To our knowledge, there currently are not any hog ring tools that can clinch a 1mm closure.

      We do carry the Bostitch SC761, which can close a ring to 3/16", but that would be the smallest we offer.

      Just in case you want to learn more about the SC761, here's a link:

      If you learn of another product out there, please let us know!

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