I’ve owned quite a few sets of snap ring pliers, and for the most part they seemed to do the job at least reasonably well regardless of their cost or build quality — until swapping the water pump on a Porsche 944. As many of you know, the thermostat is snap-ringed into, um, a very uncomfortable place.
All of a sudden many of my cheap-ass snap ring pliers seemed to show their cheapness. Flexibility and looseness made the already gargantuan task seem utterly impossible.
But that said, what do you Toolmongers think? Do you come across enough enough difficult snap ring jobs to justify spending $20 on something like the Channellocks pictured above? They convert from inside to outside pliers without removing parts, and look to be a solid tool. But $20?
What say you? Let us know in comments.