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Old 05-08-2014, 08:37 AM
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Snap ring pliers

There are many brands of these snap ring pliers - and I have owned a few, cheap to mid price line with the usual results. More junk!!! I've had them with interchangeable tips KD (real junk) a couple different Lisle's (just junk) and my current Chinese plier -which is marginally the best so far but not big enough for some, but too small for others. The tips either distort and you end up with a flying ring and an hour wasted looking for it or in the case of changeable tips, they twist just as you are putting that clip in place - and another ring flier.

Is there a good set of internal/external, either a combo that works both ways or individual ones. Of course, I don't want to break the dwindling bank account either, so a reasonable price is necessary.

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Ive been using Nesco snap ring pliers and been on the same set (NT 6550) for years. I would also say Snap On also but there is the cost thing. The interchangeable tip style are worthless.

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Snap on ones are pretty nice if you can afford em..... On the bright side though they do have a life time warranty.
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snap ring pliers

I worked in the transmission business for many years and you use snap ring pliers all day long, the only ones that would hold up were snap on.
There alittle more expensive but for me they lasted 5x as long.

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I use the snap ring pliers with a set of "jaws" that I invented to put the ties on model railroad track (anchor spreader). The KDs (USA Made) are marginal at best, but none of the Chinese pieces will even do the job. I was looking to go into production, but was unhappy with the junk from China.



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I looked at both the NESCO and Snap-on sets. As much as I would like the Snap-on, they are just too much $$ for what I'll need them for. I do have many Snap-on tools and use the heck out of them, and those pliers are nice, but ..... The NESCO set at around $40 is about where I want to be with these infrequently used tools.

That homemade spreader look like it was made from made from my trashed and useless K-D snap ring 'kit'. Glad you could find a use for one

Thanks for the suggestions.

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2 small screwdrivers and lots of nasty language..............
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2 small screwdrivers and lots of nasty language..............

Yep - that's what I just got done using, including those 'special descriptive' words since the pliers I have are ..... ahem!! junkand the real reason for this thread.

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You could just start eliminating your snap rings and switch to spirolox:

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You could just start eliminating your snap rings and switch to spirolox:

Spirolox® Retaining Rings | Smalley Steel Ring Company
Those look interesting. I bet the 4x4 guys would love those on the front axles joints. I switched from the standard u-joint clips to snap rings and that made a huge difference in keeping front u-joints from spitting caps.
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Dave,

Here at work OTC supplies a lot of our Special Tooling (via Contract)-anyway, it's not bad stuff, and is generally of good quality-here's just a thought:

Amazon.com: OTC 4512 Stinger Internal And External 8 Piece Snap-Ring Pliers Set: Automotive Amazon.com: OTC 4512 Stinger Internal And External 8 Piece Snap-Ring Pliers Set: Automotive
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I have a full set of Blue Point snap ring pliers. I think Snap-On makes them or at least did way back. I bought them from a Snap-On dealer.

Here is the same set I have that I found on eBay.
Blue Point 12 Piece Retaining Ring Pliers SET PR43 Good Used Free USA Ship | eBay
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Snap ring pliers

Blue Point ( Snap-on) has served me well. The small screwdriver / pick trick cost me a starter- generator on a company aircraft, NOT recommended.
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OMG there is a difference in pricing with these pliers sets. Since starting this thread I've done AMAZON, Ebay and general Google searches with some of your help. I know the real cheapies aren't worth the steel they are stamped from, but are the Snap-on and a couple others (Matco, Cornwell, etc) worth 150-300 bucks for most users? I believe even the expensive ones are often made 'someplace else'. I'll continue my look but right now, the OTC look pretty decent plus have good reviews (FWIW on AMAZON).

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Cornwell and Armstrong make good ones too.
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