When installed correctly, most oil filters will pop right loose with just hand pressure. But if a buddy torqued it down like his life depended on it, you might need some help getting it loose. These Irwin pliers look like a better solution than many of the oil filter-specific tools we’ve seen.
They look pretty much like tongue-in-groove pliers, which is great because we’ve generally liked Irwin’s tongue-in-groove plier offerings in the past. But where you’d normally get a set of plier grips, Irwin added a huge set of jaws, complete with three sets of teeth. Irwin claims that it’s equally at home grabbing oil filters and PVC pipe, and with four position settings it should be able to grab a pretty wide range of pipe/filter diameters. Hell, it looks to me like it should grab on to pretty much anything round — assuming you don’t mind the teeth digging in a bit.
Expect to pay about $18 for these, which seems pretty reasonable. I’m thinking about grabbing a set. What do you think?