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  1. #1
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    KNIPEX PLIERS - Cobra OR Alligator?

    Hey guys

    Just getting into the industry, been an Aircraft mechanic for the past 7 years and have had some heating and plumbing experience in my life.

    Have used alotta pliers, and never found anything better than Knipex. Been using their 'pliers-wrench' (we called them 'german pliers' in the hangar) for ages. They replace and completely outperform any crescent/adjustable wrench ever made. Also use alot of their electrical stuff, wire strippers, crimpers etc.

    However, one type that I never bought cuz never had a need for them was the waterpumps/pipe wrench replacement they make called the Cobra's and their relative, the Alligator's.

    Now that i find myself using pipe wrenches when doing any heating/furnace jobs, i'd love to limit/eliminate the use of those heavy, bulky, prehistoric dinosaurs and move to a more innovative, easy and comfortable solution.

    Been looking at both the cobra and the alligator online, reading some reviews etc. However, I would love to get some opinions from you guys if any of y'all have ever used them and which ones you guys think are better.

    much appreciated and thanks in advance

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    I use the Cobras and love them.

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    Cobras, push button helps for better adjustment. with the alligators there is to much fiddling trying to adjust them to a certain size.

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    I prefer the Cobras as well.

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    I've used the alligators for over 15 years and love em! I think either one will serve you better than regular old channel locks.

  6. #6
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    I like my cobras, I even have the 22" ones, but I really like the pliers-wrench. They completely replaced my crescent wrenches.

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    Do you guys use the cobras to install/remove black iron pipe for gas? Are they tough enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnlyOneKeano View Post
    Do you guys use the cobras to install/remove black iron pipe for gas? Are they tough enough?


    I use my 10 and 12" Cobras to install 1/2" or 3/4" gas piping. 1" and up I prefer my pipe wrenchs.... But have used em on 1" plenty of times.

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    ANother for the cobra's

    To the OP. I bought the 10" pliers wrench and took it back a couple days later. I did not like them at all. It was a pain having to squeeze the pliers as hard as I did. Im going to stick with the Klein Adjustables..
    Gotta have the right tool for the job!

    Where is all the stuff MADE IN THE USA?

    "Thats what we do Troy. Incredible, Invisible, Imbelivable things. We are an Unseen, Unknown, Unvincible fraternity of craftsman.."

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    Who sells Knipex, besides online. I mean do supply houses carry them?
    You need to put the phone down and get back to work!

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    lowes has a few of their tools
    read,learn,grow.....repeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnsrose View Post
    Who sells Knipex, besides online. I mean do supply houses carry them?
    Sears and lowes. That's where I go anyway
    Gotta have the right tool for the job!

    Where is all the stuff MADE IN THE USA?

    "Thats what we do Troy. Incredible, Invisible, Imbelivable things. We are an Unseen, Unknown, Unvincible fraternity of craftsman.."

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    Just bought knipex pliers wrench at Napa. I don't know if I like them, they ate very proud of them.


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