Channellocks Save the Day
« on: June 08, 2019, 05:00:04 AM »
Channellocks and I have a long-term love-hate relationship. They're really good for holding stuff, as well as busting rusted/stuck stuff loose; especially if you've got some big ones. Granddad has dozens of pairs in just about every size they made; and some off-brand stuff However, the jaw shape makes them good for making a mess, since I've handled I don't know how many rounded off bolts/nuts that were the fault of them from some jerry-rig done years ago. Personally, I think Knipex Cobras are 100X more superior in every way, but I am trying to support American manufacturing. I only had a 426 for the past 3-4 years, and similar pliers from Proto (12" and 18") and Craftsman (12"). Couple weeks back, I noticed our local Lowe's had a gift set including a 426, 420, and 440 as well as an acetate handled bottle opener (I think now, Western Forge is making screwdrivers for Channellock, if Channellock isn't making them on their own); and picked it up since it was $30. Gave the spare 426 away; since I already had two (one is so old, there's no rubber grips on it).
Well, the other day, the truck wouldn't start. Charged the battery, it started; then cut out. Opened the hood the positive battery cable had popped off; but the nut was as tight as it could possibly be. Had no idea what was going on; the truck had battery and terminal replaced more than a year ago; and it had no issues up until then. Tried every wrench in my toolbox; SAE and metric; Vise Grips, and even my Leatherman, that didn't work. So, I grabbed the Channellock 420s and crimped it in place. It never came off the post again.