After years of removing/installing snap rings the wrong way, i finally bought the right tool for the job. This makes it so fast and easy to install or remove snap rings. I should have done this years ago.
Its works, a bit of a fragile thing and popped apart after i got the snap ring out. Doesn’t work great but it did the job and that’s really all you need if your only using it once in a blue moon. I would definitely not recommend it if you’re doing snap rings all the time.
These work great and they come with several pin sizes. Upon first use, a pin broke on a set of jaws. Amazon policy says they will not take them back and i have to contact irwin. I have a lot if irwin tools and this is the first issue i have had. Luckily i was able to finish the install with another size of jaws, but it sucks that they lasted literally 30 seconds.
Getting the adapters to stay put can be a challenge, but it does its job in my situation. For bigger projects i would not use this or maybe heavy duty jobs would require a task built plier instead of the convertible. I love the brand and have a long history with great satisfaction with their tools.
Haven’t used it much yet, so i don’t know how well it will hold up over time. But this is a completely versatile snap ring tool. Because of a very clever design it can work with both internal and external snap rings (those that need to be made wider to remove, and those that need to be made smaller to remove). The replaceable jaws don’t ride on the tool anywhere though, so are easily lost if you don’t keep track of them.
All these are is a cheap harbor freight one but with comfort grips. Would not remove any snap rings i tried it on. If you want a set like this but not the nice grips get a harbor freight but dont expect it to remove anything other that a brand new small snap ring.
IRWIN VISE-GRIP Convertible Snap Pliers, 6-1/2-Inch (2078900)
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- For internal and external use, eliminating the need for 2 sets of pliers
- Includes four interchangeable tips for ease in moving from one project to the next
- ProTouch grips provide extra comfort for less hand fatigue
- Durably constructed for a long life.Jaw Length:6.5 inches. Jaw Width 1-7/20 inches. Jaw Thickness: 1 inches
- Backed by the IRWIN VISE-GRIP Lifetime Guarantee
- 1 pair of IRWIN VISE-GRIP snap ring pliers replaces 2 for internal or external use
- Pliers include 4 interchangeable tips for ease in moving from 1 project to the next
- ProTouch grips provide extra comfort and help reduce hand fatigue while using the pliers
- 1-inch jaw thickness
- Jaw dimensions: 6-1/2″ L x 1-7/20″ W
Cost effective for diy homeowner. Very handy when needed, which is not often, maybe once a year if even that. If you’re a pro, and want pro tools, then you’ll pay pro prices. This is an adequate consumer tool.
The quick change heads / tips are more convenient then a few other snap ring pliers out there. This irwin tool is ok for casual use / or maybe – weekend warriors. But = needs said that this is not a precision tool. Those wanting a reliable outcomewill likely be happier with channel lock or a similar quality tool. The pliers work easy enough and have a comfortable grip. But not all tips are precisely even length across with each other,which causes problems in tight areas = easily slipping off the clip. (ended up buying channel locks – which have no such problems. Plus easy change from internal to external by built-in lever)irwin works internal / external. >internal = when upper holes of tip are placed on upper pins of tool = jaws are closedor – remove center springed pin – turn pliers over ->external = when lower holes are placed on lower pins of tool = jaws are open.
For those wondering, the pins on my pair measure about 1. 4mm in diameter for the straight set of jaws. For the 90 and 45 degree jaws, i have measured between 1. Other reviewers have reported a little bit of play in the jaws. I have noticed this as well. It is not a deal breaker for me, and i have used one hand to stabilize the jaws when it has become an issue. However, i can understand how some people in tight spaces with only one hand free have been upset at the relatively large amount of play in the jaws. For reference, my jaws have a few mm of vertical slop in the jaws, perhaps more if you really put some pressure on it. That being said, i like the selection of 4 different jaws that it comes with, and the option to change from interior to exterior opening. If you need a high quality tool with tight tolerances and very little slop in the mechanism, look elsewhere. For a casual user like myself, this is perfectly fine, and allows you to perform some repairs that would otherwise be nearly impossible.
I needed this to take off the film advance lever on my minolta x-700 camera (35mm film camera). I needed something small enough to be able to fit into the slots on the lever but also big enough so i had enough traction to twist it off. This did the job perfectly after weeks of me trying various household objects to turn it (2 pens, sharpened chopsticks, even scissors, etc). If you need to do meticulous work?.This is the plier for you, guaranteed 👌.
I am so pleased with this tool. It is about 1/4 the price of the same tool you could purchase from home depot and automotive shops. I will get all my tools through amazon. It is very well made and very strong for the money.
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