Here’s something I wish I’d run across long ago: a tool that grabs those squeeze-type factory hose clamps and allows you to apply smooth pressure to them with a screw. I’ve always just cut them when they’re hard (read: near impossible) to remove and replaced them with a screw-type — with the screw positioned properly for good access. But with this tool should allow non-destructive removal in a much wider variety of situations.
It’s a simple and great idea: just slide the clamp ends into the slot, trapping one of them in the hole (at the right in the picture above), then torque down the screw. The knob is knurled for finger-tightening, but it’s also got standard 1/4″ square-drive connection so you can turn it with a ratchet — or an air tool.
The manufacturer, Steck, offers two sizes: large and small. Both MSRP for $30, and Steck also offers a $55 2-pack containing both. We found the large version via Froogle and Amazon for more like $24.
Personally, I’ll have one of these as soon as it ships.