buying-a-set-of-circlip-pliers-vs-buying-individual-circlip-pliers

     
 

Buying a set of circlip pliers vs. buying individual circlip pliers

 
         
         
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  Circlip pliers can be purchased individually or in sets  

Circlip pliers can be purchased individually or in sets.

 
         
  Circlip pliers come in many sizes  

Because different types and sizes of circlip may require different circlip pliers, it may benefit some people to have a set for multiple uses. If you only need to work with circlips of a limited size range, which are the same type, you may only need one or two pairs of circlip pliers.

 

For more information see: What additional features can circlip pliers have? and What are the different types of circlip pliers?

 
         
     

Individual circlip pliers

 
  Circlip pliers have many types and sizes  

Individual circlip pliers come in many sizes, different types and can have various features.These tools will usually cover a specific range of circlip types and sizes, so check the specifications of your circlip pliers to make sure they are suitable for the size and type of your circlips

 
         
  Check specifications to make sure you select the correct circlip pliers for the job  

Fixed head and tip circlip pliers

Many circlip pliers come with a fixed head and tips; there will be a limited range of circlips sizes these can be used with. They come in either internal or external configuration, so they are also limited in the type of circlip they can be used with. However, these pliers will usually be the strongest, due to all the parts being forged together.

 
         
      Wonkee Donkee says "My Dad always used to joke that if my head wasn't fixed on, I'd lose it!"  
         
  Interchangeable circlip pliers can be used with internal and external circlips  

Adjustable circlip pliers

Some circlip pliers can be switched from external to internal, which means they can be used with both types of circlip. However, these will still be limited in the range of sizes of circlip they can be used with.

 
         
  Many circlip pliers have interchangeable parts for different uses  

Circlip pliers with interchangeable parts 

There are also many circlip pliers available which have interchangeable heads or tips. This feature will give the tool more variety in the types and sizes of circlip they can be used with. However, due to the parts being separate rather than forged together, these tools may not be as strong as fixed circlip pliers.

 
         
  Advantages and disadvantages of  

ADVANTAGES

 

DISADVANTAGES

 
       

  • You can choose a pair of pliers to suit your exact need

  • Less expensive than buying a set

  • Fixed head pliers are the strongest, but pliers with interchangeable parts give you a range of uses

   
  • Individual pliers will be limited in their uses

  • You may need to buy more pairs in the future

  • Pliers with interchangeable parts may not be particularly strong; fixed head pliers are limited to the type and size of circlip they can be used with

 
         
     

Sets of circlip pliers

 
  You can buy circlip pliers individually or in sets  

If you need to use various circlip pliers regularly, you may want to consider buying a set which would suit all the jobs you need them for. 

 
         
  If you need to use lots of different circlip pliers you may need to buy a set  

Sets of individual circlip pliers 

These sets usually consist of four or more pairs of pliers, and contain internal and external types. They may contain pliers of different sizes, or with differently angled tips, or both. If you need to work with lots of different circlips, you may need a set like this.

 
         
  If you need to use lots of different circlip pliers you may need to buy a set  

Sets of circlip pliers with interchangeable parts

These sets usually contain two pairs of pliers – one internal and one external – but will have different sized, and sometimes angled, tips. These sets also expand the range of circlips they can be used with, but the detachable parts will usually mean these pliers are not as strong as pliers with their parts forged together.

 
         
  If you need to use lots of different circlip pliers you may need to buy a set  

You can also get sets of circlip pliers which contain a number differently sized pliers, each of which can be adjusted to either internal or external configurations. 

 

These sets also expand the range of circlips they can be used with, but the detachable parts will usually mean they are not as strong as pliers with their parts forged together.

 
         
  Advantages and disadvantages of  

ADVANTAGES

 

DISADVANTAGES

 
     
  • You will be able to use the set with a wide variety of different circlips

  • If you buy the right set you may not need to buy any more circlip pliers in the future

   
  • A set will be more expensive than buying individual pliers

  • You might end up with some pliers you don’t have a use for