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Comments about Astro Pneumatics Hose Clamp Pliers:
I got this because I needed something like this, for a water pump and hose change on a Chevy v8 truck, and this one was the lowest in price. It had no review, so I took a chance. I was pleased with the quality and strength. It didn't give or break when used. The tips that go on the clamp are not the swivel kind, so you must be lined up well on the clamp or it could initially slip off, which it did for me, but once you're squared up on the clamp it never slipped off and additionally never slipped off under load. The fulcrum point of the pliers is farther away from the cable than a regular set of pliers, so I had to use both hands to squeeze on the largest of clamps, but that fulcrum point appears to be similar with other brands of these type pliers. When using this I learned that the tip must come to the clamp from a perpendicular angle to the hose, so in some cases, it was easier to use regular pliers on a clamp because I had to come at the clamps from a parallel path down the hose to the clamps. It sure made it easier for several clamps on this truck, like the lower radiator hose clamp. Just slid the tip down along side the radiator and worked the pliers from above. After I locked the pliers, I still had to reach down to slide the clamp away and then pull the hose. It doesn't take all the work away, but it sure helped. I would call myself advanced-backyard mech. Used to work in a garage, but that was many years ago. If you're a professional, you might try a more expensive brand, but this does well and will probably outlive me. These pliers had a simple knurled nut for finger adjustment on one end of the cable, so if you always have the same size clamp, I guess you could set the open/close positions just right to speed things along. Cable was heavy, like you see on a motorcycle. It should last a long time. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because it could probably have a little better design to the tips.