Updated April 26, 2019 by Taber Koeghan

The 10 Best Snap Ring Pliers

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This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in October of 2017. Whether you're working on your car, lawnmower, or a large diesel truck engine, the snap ring pliers on this list make removing stubborn circlips an effortless process. We've included selections designed to stand up to the demands of busy professional auto shops, as well as lower-cost models ideal for all the amateur mechanics out there. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best snap ring plier on Amazon.

10. Craftsman Professional 47412

9. Tekton 3571

8. Bastex Heavy Duty

7. Channellock RT-3

6. Lang Tools 3495

5. Knipex 8-Piece

4. Channellock 927

3. Beley 90-Degree

2. Astro Tools 94221

1. Neiko 02130A

Editor's Notes

April 24, 2019:

When shopping for snap ring pliers, you'll want to consider the following factors: the nose shape, the size of the points, and the grip. If you're a professional mechanic, it's important to choose a product with padded handles that will curb wrist fatigue. Depending on the project you're working on, you'll want to also assess the angle of the nose; there are all kinds of nose shapes on the market, including elongated and bent options. If you tend to work on different components or vehicles on a regular basis, a set with interchangeable tips would be a wise investment.

We’ve removed the OTC Tools Stinger due to concerns about its size: many users have found that it is too bulky to be effective on smaller vehicle components. The Apex Tool Group GearWrench 82110 was taken off the list after investigating complaints about durability. The Neiko 02130A was not only added to the collection but promoted to the top spot, thanks to its versatility and high reviews. The Beley 90-Degree is another new addition, chosen to provide shoppers with an option designed for extracting particularly hard-to-reach circlips.

Taber Koeghan
Last updated on April 26, 2019 by Taber Koeghan

Taber is a writer from Santa Monica, CA, with a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of California, San Diego. After completing her degree, she began writing and editing copy for a host of high-traffic e-commerce websites. Her areas of expertise include the beauty, style, pet, and home products categories, and she has plenty of experience covering literature and art, too. Her personal interests in crafting and decorating inform her writing and -- she hopes -- add a good bit of insight to her work. Outside of copywriting, she is a reporter and columnist at a Los Angeles community newspaper and is currently pursuing a master of fine arts in creative writing.

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