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GTE Tools SmartSnap Snap Ring Pliers Review


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Whether you want to free up space in a crowded tool box or you don’t have room for 10 different snap ring pliers, then the SmartSnap is a great choice.

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General Technician Equipment (GTE) is a tool innovation company that focuses on developing tools and products to enhance the technician. Recently they released the GTE Tools Smartsnap snap ring pliers. The Smartsnap is not like your ordinary snap ring plier because it actually converts with the flip of a switch. Use it to remove an external snap ring, then with the flip of the switch, remove an internal snap ring with the same tool.

The GTE Tools SmartSnap snap ring pliers come as a kit in a storage tray designed to help your toolbox stay organized. Included in the kit are 4 sets of hardened steel tips, 2 straight and 2 angled. The hardened tips can be changed out without tools using the quick release tabs. The spring between the handles assists with converting between modes. Cushioned hand grips aid in the ergonomics hence providing comfort for the technician.

Using the GTE Tools SmartSnap Snap Ring Pliers

Removing snap rings can be a real pain sometimes, or all the time for some. The first thing the technician needs to do is make sure he/she has the correct snap ring tool.  Typically, there are several pair of snap ring pliers needed to remove and install different snap rings.

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Typical snap ring pliers can convert from internal snap rings to external, but it requires unscrewing thumb screw, shifting the handles, then screwing the thumb screw back into a different hole in the tool. This is a pain to do, especially if you are trying to get a job done. GTE Tools SmartSnap snap ring pliers are here to eliminate the need of keeping 10 snap ring pliers in your drawer.

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In addition to eliminating tools, the SmartSnap pliers make the same processes much simpler. Recently, when removing a bad Nissan Maxima A/C compressor clutch coil, there were 2 snap rings. One snap ring was internal and the other was external. With the GTE Tools SmartSnap snap ring pliers, it was very easy to remove the internal, flip the switch and remove the external snap ring. No need to reach for other pliers or fumble around with a thumb screw.

Conclusion

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Seeing tool innovations is exciting, especially in tools that have remained virtually the same for years. GTE Tools is doing their best to make tools better, and they have done just that with the SmartSnap. The SmartSnap pliers are built very well and comfortable to handle. The quick change tips and quick switching from internal to external make this a versatile tool that makes sense.

Whether you want to free up space in a crowded tool box or you don’t have room for 10 different snap ring pliers, then the GTE Tools SmartSnap snap ring pliers is a great choice. You can find the SmartSnap pliers here.

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