We love our hose clamp tool for getting at tough-to-reach factory spring-type hose clamps, but it’s a bit slow — and a bit of overkill — if the clamp’s easily accessible. If you can actually see the tabs on the clamp, spring clip pliers like these will pop it right off in seconds.
As you might imagine, these work by capturing the tabs in the pliers’ jaws then squeezing ’em together to loosen the clamp. You’ll notice that the pliers sport two tines (on the top side in the photo) so you can handle a few sizes of clips.
At $15, I’m gonna pick up a pair. They look like they’d work a lot better than plain old slip-joint pliers, which is what I’ve always used for open-air clamps.