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Rob writes: “These Channellocks feature smaller jaws than standard tounge-in-groove pliers, but with a curved jaw they grab everything.  They make up for what they lose in size with the additional grip.”

I haven’t personally used these, but I could see how the curved jaw would increase leverage — and might help in grabbing hold of round or odd-shaped items.  I’m not sure they’d really serve as full-on replacements for standard tongue-in-groove pliers, though.  For example: would these work well removing spring clamps?

Clearly Channellock is selling these for the purpose of removing stuck and/or jacked-up nuts, though, and they look great for that purpose.

They’re offered in 7″, 9-1/2″, and 14″ versions, and street pricing hovers around $20.  We did find the 9-1/2″ version — probably the most commonly-used — via Amazon for $14.

Nutbusters [Channellock]
Street Pricing [Froogle]
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3 Responses to “Nutbusters” from Channellock: No, That’s a GOOD Thing. Really.

  1. eschoendorff says:

    I have a set and they’re certifiably badass.

  2. Old Donn says:

    Good to see Channellock still makes these. Looked for a pair a few years back, couldn’t find them. I’ll look a little harder today.

  3. John says:

    Basically these appear to me what are called ‘Foot-Prints’ (made in sheffield)foot print wrenches.The original Plumbers Wrench.Using the slip joint for adjustment rather than a ball nut and threaded shaft that yourCorner styled wrench uses. Great for gripping pipe, things that have polished surface. As the label on the ‘Original Footprints’ says. “Were made for removing bolts off grinding stone wheels”. The bottom bit comes up to crush and lock onto the object.Much like one would do when pinching someone. Not between the finger nails but rather you grab the skin between the thumb knuckle and index finger. Do this whilst in a headlock in a bar brawl on the soft part of some blokes leg and apply and hold on he”ll soon quit and will be left with an almighty bruise that will last for weeks.
    Try this on his groin and you’ll know what the term ‘Nutbuster’ means.

    Take a peak at the european brands like Rothenberger etc look for ‘Adjustable Corner wrench (foot print) styled’. In oz you pay heaps for one of these. And can only be found in Plumbing supply stores. There is also a chinese import from ‘Medalion’. That is self adjusting.
    Can you believe that people actually collect these.

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