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Old Feb 11, 2012, 06:52 AM
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Need source for circlip pliers

Can anyone suggest a source for circlip (I believe that's what they're called) pliers that have tips small enough to get into those tiny holes on the clips that are used on 4 or 5mm motor shafts? The one's I've seen have tips too large and I really don't want to file or butcher a pair with larger tips. Your help is always appreciated.

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Old Feb 11, 2012, 11:12 AM
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Your name wasn't even close. They are snap ring pliers. http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keyw...s%20set&page=1

Not picking on you, I know its hard to find what you are looking for, if your not sure of the name. I know!!! Mark

http://www.bing.com/search?q=snap+ri...sp=5&sk=AS3SC1
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Old Feb 11, 2012, 11:19 AM
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Actually they are also called circlip pliers. I work on old motorcycles and the service manuals always refer to circlip pliers (circlips/snap rings were used to hold the front shock lowers and uppers together). Circlip may just be an antiquated name used only by those who work on old basket-cases like me
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Old Feb 11, 2012, 11:44 AM
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skcope, I stand corrected. In all my years, I have never heard them called that. Maybe, it's an east coast thing!
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Old Feb 11, 2012, 02:24 PM
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I have seen the pliers your links directed me to ,coolerbythelake, but the tips are too big. I guess I'll continue my practice of "butchering off" the CIRCLIP and replacing it with a new one. Thanks.
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Old Feb 11, 2012, 02:37 PM
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This what you had in mind? http://www.dinodirect.com/plier-bent...snap-ring.html

This page gives you more. http://www.bing.com/search?q=jewlers...0-14&sp=-1&sk=
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Old Feb 11, 2012, 04:45 PM
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Haha- maybe it is an East Coast thing! So many times, things are called by a variety of names- sure makes internet searching easier if it's only called one thing!
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Old Feb 11, 2012, 09:06 PM
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http://www.mcmaster.com/#circlip-tools/=g7k7q8
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Old Feb 11, 2012, 10:11 PM
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Old Feb 12, 2012, 07:00 AM
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Mc Master Carr is the winner. Got a set with .023 tips. Thanks for all the help.

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Old Feb 12, 2012, 10:15 AM
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"I have never heard them called that. Maybe, it's an east coast thing! "

Born in LA; raised in Hawaii; married and settled in California; and have never heard them called anything but "circlip" pliers:-)))))))))))))))

Les

I forgot: Be sure you get the kind with replaceable jaw tips, so you can go straight in, or at 90 degrees.
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Old Feb 12, 2012, 02:28 PM
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I have heard of the circlips being called Jesus clips. This usually happened when it was being removed with a makeshift tool.
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Old Feb 12, 2012, 04:29 PM
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This is the one I have most trouble with in the 3mm shaft size ,out of all the circlip pliers I have and that's quite a few, none come close to working
why circlip mfgs dont list tools to suit the clips is beyond me.
http://www.google.com.au/imgres?q=ci...04&tx=92&ty=65
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Old Feb 15, 2012, 06:29 AM
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Can anyone suggest a source for circlip (I believe that's what they're called) pliers that have tips small enough to get into those tiny holes on the clips that are used on 4 or 5mm motor shafts? The one's I've seen have tips too large and I really don't want to file or butcher a pair with larger tips. Your help is always appreciated.

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Stop any tool truck-Snap-on,Mac,or Vulcan.they have pliers with selectable tips that'll fit most any job.not cheap-but you don't want cheap here anyway.
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