The Right Tool for the Job – Craftsman Cable Operated Hose Clamp Pliers
Removing the radiator hose clamps on our 2008 BMW K1200GT by using my long nosed
Vice Grips was an absolute struggle. Busting a knuckle or two fighting to get
two simple hose clamps off just wasn’t right. There had to be a better way.
There’s a picture of BMW’s hose clamp tool in the OEM Repair Manual. It looks
like a special pair of pliers with notches that would fit the reusable hose
clamps - they didn’t look any better than my long nosed Vice Grips. A quick
internet search on ‘hose clamp pliers’ produced a bunch of hits. Because I use
Craftsman tools the Craftsman Cable Operated Hose Clamp Pliers caught my eye.
Turns out our local SEARS store had a pair on the shelf. Although they looked
kind of weird I decided to buy them. They were a little less than $40.00 and
for the last six months or so they have sat in my tool box collecting dust and
Well, yesterday (figuratively speaking) I tried them out as it was time to check
the valves and replace the spark plugs on the ’08 GT. That means I have to pull
off the radiator and deal with those trick hose clamps. It’s not a difficult
job, just a lot to do.
The first time out of the special tool drawer and man those cable operated hose
clamps are the best! I had the clamps off and the hoses removed in a jiffy -
quick and clean, right now, just great! The long cable makes it easy to get the
business end of the pliers on the clamp, and the locking hook makes it a snap to
move the clamp around on the hose.
Bottom line – the Craftsman Cable Operated Hose Clamp Pliers work. The right
tool for the job.