“I’m looking for a first pair of retaining or snap ring pliers. What do you recommend?” We hear this a lot, and often recommend that Channellock is the way to go. Why? Well, Channellock’s internal/external universal retaining ring pliers are high quality tools that are easy to use and are very affordable.
Channellock’s interchangeable tip retaining ring pliers typically go for $18-$25, and can be found online and at most local home improvement stores. These pliers are available in 6 1/4″, 8″, and 10″ sizes. We typically recommend the 8″ version (model # 927).