The spring-type clamps auto manufacturers apply on nearly every hose fitting are an endless source of frustration for most of us; they’re often buried in the engine compartment where only Stuart Little could get at them. But with S-K’s cable-operated clamp pliers, it’s a cable that twists and winds through the hot engine instead of your arm.
The business end of S-K’s pliers latches on to the hose clamp way down in the engine compartment while your working hand remains free to squeeze the trigger. S-K also includes a locking ratchet mechanism on the handles so you don’t have to squeeze quite so hard — also making it easy to apply just the right amount of pressure. Best of all, these pliers firmly hold the clamp ends, so they don’t fly loose like they do when your old needle-nose pair slips off.
The S-K pliers handle clamps from 3/4″ up to 2-3/32″ and come with a lifetime warranty. The bad news: they’re ex-pen-sive. MSRP is $133, but thankfully the street pricing is significantly less at about $70.