For the DIY person, having a retaining ring plier around isn’t a bad idea. However, unless you’re a mechanic who’s working with retaining rings on a regular basis, you probably don’t need an 8-piece set like the one Knipex offers (although it would be really nice to have).
What if you just want one retaining ring plier without having to buy an entire set? This is where the Channellock 927 8-Inch Retaining Ring Plier comes into play.
Sometimes, when we want a tool we have to be realistic and purchase only what we need. For the average homesteader, you might not run into many instances where you need a retaining ring plier. However, it’s a very handy tool to have around.
The problem when purchasing these types of pliers is there are many shapes and sizes of retaining rings. This is why they make sets that have different end points.
What’s super neat about these Channellock pliers is that they come with several adapters to put at the end depending on what you’re working with.
For an added bonus, these pliers also have the ability manipulate both exterior and interior retaining rings. The operator can change between modes with a very simple switch of a red tab.
With the Channellock plier, I was immediately impressed the second I took it out of the package. The first thing my eyes were drawn to was the label declaring this product was made in the United States. Yes!!!
When holding it in my hand and using it, I was could tell the build quality was spot-on.
In doing ratchet maintenance, I found this tool very enjoyable to use. It took a few minutes to get the technique down but once you learn how to remove and apply a retaining ring, it’s very easy.
The only complaint I have so far with this tool is the accessory pouch the extra adaptors came in. It’s a little awkward to get just what you need out of the pouch unless you want to empty it’s entire contents. For a little extra money, Channellock could have come up with a better way to organize these things.
Overall, this is a great product and one that should be considered if you’re in the market for a retaining ring plier and don’t want to spend a lot of money.
Very sturdy and well-made.
One of the best valued tools on the market.
Adapter pouch needs work.Disclaimer