Rob writes: “If you’ve ever struggled with getting a hose clamp off from an awkward place, you need these! You just put the clamping head on the clamp and squeeze the handles — which lock — to open the clamp and hold it open to move it. It’s a little on the spendy side if you don’t need them a lot, but it’s definitely the right tool for the job.”
Man, I can think of a number of times where this would have come in incredibly handy. It lists for $72, but it’d be great to have in the toolbox. (Damn. You guys are gonna drive me into the poor house.)
You know what would be really handy, though? A set of snap ring pliers that work the same way. Sean and I were changing the water pump on a Porsche 944 a while back, and — as anyone dumb enough to own one of these knows — the thermostat is snap-ringed into the water pump pointing downward where you have to snake one hand in with a mirror on a stick and another hand in with snap-ring pliers to try and get the ring loose. It’d be sweet if you could hook the ends carefully, then apply force via the flex-shaft. Has anyone seen anything like this?