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Channellock pliers

Discussion in 'Tools of the Trade' started by Bumpsteer, May 9, 2020.

  1. Bumpsteer

    Bumpsteer Senior Member

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    Sooooo, I had to borrow a pair today, have the 460's, needed the Bigazz 480 size.
    Now, what ones to buy, the 480's or get the big curved jaw ones? I was installing the fuel sending unit on the polaris ranger....the 480's did the job, but wondering if the curved jaw style would be more usefull in the long run.

    Strongly considering just buying both as I absolutely hate to borrow a tool.

    Ed
     
  2. Bluox

    Bluox Senior Member

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    I hate to make these type of decisions, buy both.
    Bob
     
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  3. funwithfuel

    funwithfuel Senior Member

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    A big fan of knipex cobra pliers. No getting pinched with them rascals
     
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  4. JD955SC

    JD955SC Senior Member

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    I have a pair of the largest Knipex Cobras and a pair of the 480s. I find the curved jaws on the Cobras to be more useful.
     
  5. Coaldust

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    Get both. One of the last American independently owned tool companies left. Those blue handled beauties ain’t no Knipex. I’ll grab my Cobra before I’ll grab the Channells, but I’ll buy those blue pliers just to keep those good folks in Meadville employed.

    Plus, the DeArment family are big supporters of career and technical education and the SkillsUSA (VICA) organization.
     
  6. LN Pipeline

    LN Pipeline Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for Knipex. I don’t think they make anything as big as the 480, but they’re the best pliers I’ve ever used.

    I have the Alligators and love them.
     
  7. MarshallPowerGen

    MarshallPowerGen Senior Member

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    While I've loved all my Channellock pliers over the years, Knipex Cobras are a far superior product. Their high leverage diagonal cutters are top of the food chain as well.
     
  8. JD955SC

    JD955SC Senior Member

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    The 22” Cobras are equivalent if not a little larger but are also twice the price but boy howdy do they grip like crazy.
     
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    LN Pipeline Well-Known Member

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    Good to know - I thought the 480 claimed to have a bigger jaw opening.

    Regardless, I’ll be spending the extra money on Knipex when the time comes to buy new pliers.
     
  10. JD955SC

    JD955SC Senior Member

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    They might have a slightly larger jaw opening I’ve never compared them that way but really at that max size jaw opening is not as useful to me as actual gripping ability. I use my knipex for cylinder glands and very stuck oil filters mostly
     
  11. Vetech63

    Vetech63 Senior Member

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    If you guys don’t have scabbed over or bleeding knuckles from standard channel locks, how am I to trust you working on my equipment? ;)
     
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  12. funwithfuel

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    It ain't the knuckles, the callouses are there for that. It's the gosh-darned gigantic blood blister on the heel of your palm when they double up an gitchya:mad:
     
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    Don’t women find blood blisters sexy? That’s what I was told. :D
     
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