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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?

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18 Responses to Irwin’s Oil Filter/PVC-Specific Pliers

  1. Mike says:

    I bought a pair for a plumbing project when my arc joint pliers weren’t large enough. They were cheaper than a pair of standard arc joint pliers that were large enough to grip the pipe. They worked well for that project. I haven’t had a need to use them yet on an oil filter, so I can’t say how they work there.

  2. Drew says:

    I have a pair and they were useful in tightening the nut on the strainer underneath my kitchen sink.

  3. Brian D says:

    My only question Re: oil filters is maneuvering these in to get a grip and then turn. modern oil filters tend to be tucked away in odd corners with very little maneuvering room around them. I’ve had trouble getting dedicated filter wrenches in there. Just sayin’

  4. Aeroaggie says:

    I’ve always used a cup style filter wrench, never had a issue on my chevys.

  5. Noah G says:

    Channellock has had these for years.

  6. Mike says:

    Brian D & Aeroaggie are right. Wrenches just don’t work in the tight spaces you find on modern vehicles. Cup style is the way to go. Never a problem getting it on the filter and turning it. Unfortunately you need multiple cups to fit various filter sizes.

  7. sunnydhvac says:

    i have the channel version work good on my ranger oil filter now i try it for the other mentioned things, would likely work on older GE disposal removal.

  8. kyle says:

    Cup wrenches don’t always get the job done. On 05 trailblazers with a 6cyl the oil filter is a fraction of an inch away from the sway bar. The only way to get it off is a 1/2 drive strap wrench.


  9. Fritz Gorbach says:

    I have a couple of diferent sizes of these in Blue Point brand from Snap On tool dealer. They work okay when one just requires a bit of extra help, but if the filter is really tight, the teeth on these dig in and tear it open. What an oily mess that can be!
    Cups are the best way to go – I have a set, I think gearwrench, or KD brand, covers all I’ve ever needed for auto service.
    Pliers live on my work truck for generator service.

  10. zoomzoomjeff says:

    I’ve had a set of these for years, and used them for stubborn oil wrenches when they’ll fit. They’re great! The sharp jaws won’t give up to anything. I don’t know who makes mine, but they’re good quality. I also had a Harbor Freight pair that were sloppy in the jaw—so I loaned them to a friend who I suspected wouldn’t return them.

  11. Cameron Watt says:

    I’ll cast my vote for strap type filter wrenches.

  12. Brian says:

    I’ve got a pair of these with the “Fram” logo on them (orange handles and all), they look identical. They’ve worked out in a pinch, and weren’t bad for $9.99 price when I got them (at AutoZone, I think?) a couple years ago.

  13. Mike says:

    Strap wrenches never fail.

  14. Mitch says:

    I’ve used the strap type. I have a complete set of the cup type. I prefer these plier type wrenches whenever I can used them. I haven’t run into a modern car that was too tight to use these in. I have a new Toyota Sienna that I have to use the cup type wrenches because that uses filter cartridges and requires the cup type to get the cap off. The Audi A8 and Mercedes ML320 are the same situation requiring the cup type to get the cartridge cap off. Other than those cars, I always reach for the plier type.

  15. Pete says:

    i have a pair of these sitting around and have never used them. strap wrenches are the best, cup filters can be ok. best way i’ve found to get the really stubborn oil filters off is to just ram a screwdriver through them, works every time and the filter is getting tossed either way. the only place i’ve seen people try to use these was on the semi, and after a few curses about buying junk by my father, they were in the box again.

  16. Nyanman says:

    My personal preference for a really torqued on filter is a screwdriver through the filter. Add a cheater bar, and remove. Guess the dedicated wrench is just some tool with one purpose that would inevitably get lost when needed.

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