Snap Ring

The snap ring plier is a tool used to remove and install snap rings. Snap rings are commonly found in automotive industry applications, but they can be used in many other places as well. They have been around since the early 1900s, when they were first patented by John Fitch. In this guide we will cover the difference in the many variations of snap ring pliers and will offer some insider advice on where to buy snap ring pliers and the qualities to look for when buying.

 

What are snap ring pliers?

Snap Pliers (commonly referred to as circlip pliers, ring pliers, or retaining ring pliers) are used for compressing circlips such as shoulder bolts, collar clips, wire-ring seals, cage nuts and other bolted joints with male threaded ends onto devices that can't be disassembled by hand. They use a squeezing action that creates enough force to deform the outer diameter of the ring, enabling it to be installed or de-installed from the cylindrical bore or shaft it is housed.

The anatomy of snap ring pliers includes: the handles or grips; the pivot bolt connecting the two halves together; and either short or long jaws used to push snap rings in place. The jaws can come in a fixed, adjustable or locking form.

How are snap ring pliers used?

Snap ring pliers use a squeezing action to apply pressure on the snap rings. The force of the compression is enough to deform and break through the outer diameter of the ring, enabling it to be pushed through an opening or slid off.

Snap Pliers are used for compressing circlips such as shoulder bolts, collar clips, wire-ring seals, cage nuts and other bolted joints with male threaded ends onto devices that can't be disassembled by hand.

Buying Snap Ring Pliers

When searching for the right type of snap ring tool there are three key components to consider:

the nose or jaw dictates the forceps capabilities for gaining access to installed snap rings for deinstallation, or to the site where a snap band is meant to be installed.

the pressure action of the spring determines the basic function of circlip pliers - the difference between internal and external.

and the amount of force or consistency of use required for the tool to achieve its purpose establishes the features necessary for your demand of the product.

The aim of this guide is to help you better understand the different types of snap ring pliers and ultimately, how to choose the best plier for the job. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact our experts.

Where to buy snap ring pliers

There are many local stores that may carry snap ring pliers. One option is Automotive parts distributers such as AutoZone or O'Reillys. Another option is to check out your closest Home Depot or Lowes.

The Plier Shop is the best option to save gas and purchase your hose clamp pliers in one convenient location. We carry many popular brands such as Harbor Freight, PRECISION, Craftsman, and Knipex, that are made from quality materials with FREE Shipping and a 30 day money back guarantee.

How do snap ring pliers work?

Snap ring pliers use a squeezing action to apply pressure on the snap rings. The force of the compression is enough to deform and break through the outer diameter of the ring, enabling it to be pushed through an opening or slid off.