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Old 10-21-10, 06:39 PM   #1
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lock ring pliers, make yourself some

grab some tongue and groove pliers(you know the one you have for years with worn teeth and slips on everything) and a file. 5-10 mins and you got a nice lock ring plier, i love using this. made from a duralast plier that i found on a commute home and exchanged at autozone. its winter time/off season so i have plenty of time for projects like this

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Now THAT is a darn fine use of some time and an old tool! ! ! ! !

Drill the jaws to accept some music wire pins and you'd have the best of both worlds in one tool.
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Pretty Slick
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Now THAT is a darn fine use of some time and an old tool! ! ! ! !

Drill the jaws to accept some music wire pins and you'd have the best of both worlds in one tool.
I made a pin spanner from a couple of 6" lengths (150 mm to you metric types) of 1/4" (6 mm) square steel stock hinged together at one end. . I drilled and tapped the other ends of the bars for #4-40 bolts, screwed in the bolts and trimmed the projecting ends short enough to just fit in the adjustable cup recesses. You could modify your new lockring tool the same way.
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I'm not sure you should be able to file good pliers,they're suppose to be made from the same material,should work fine though,great idea!

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I'm not sure you should be able to file good pliers,they're suppose to be made from the same material,should work fine though,great idea!
Pliers aren't tempered nearly as hard as a good file or they would be too brittle to be used. That said, filing that much metal from a set of pliers will probably end the useful life of the file. A Dremel tool with a suitable grindstone would be faster.
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Pliers aren't tempered nearly as hard as a good file or they would be too brittle to be used. That said, filing that much metal from a set of pliers will probably end the useful life of the file. A Dremel tool with a suitable grindstone would be faster.
The typical chrome plating on many of the slip joint pliers would tear hell out of the file first. Best to grind off the chrome first. Although these days the cheapies are likely just nickel or zinc plated.

Working the file with a bit more than normal pressure and taking slow cuts will also aid in shaping harder steels such as the jaws of pliers like this. If the worker just zips it back and forth like a steel version of sandpaper then it'll take the cutting edges off the file teeth pronto. And for anyone not all that file savvy that wants to try this trick remember that a file is like a wide saw blade because it has angled teeth that cut. So LIFT it on the return stroke and only push down on the push stroke to keep it operating at it's best for a long time.
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the file still works perfectly fine. pliers are not hardened very hard. these pliers are not chromed either, i dont see many chromed pliers. really under 10 minutes on the vice and a few lock rings to test the fit. a dremel will bog down, i tried using my little 4.5 bench grinder i have for cables to remove some of the teeth for a relief area and it was much slower.

edit: yes bcrider proper file use is key. i see it too often people going back and forth. push lift push lift repeat
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