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Old 03-12-2015, 10:09 PM   #1
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Knipex 8603180 7-Inch Pliers Wrench worth the dough?

(I can't decide if a tool thread belongs here or in The Garage. The tool roll thread was here so I thought this might be alright. Mods please move if I'm in the wrong place.)

I'm starting to flesh out my Kriega tool roll for my R90. Oddly enough I found that there was some Teutonic logic to what appeared to be an odd assortment of so-so Heyco tools. I ended up keeping more of them than I thought I would. But... the pliers look completely useless.

Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I had a set of 4" Vise Grips and an 8" Crescent wrench (both USA made back then) in my dirt bike tool pouch that proved invaluable. The baby Vise Grips even doubled as a shift lever one time. So I have been looking at the wide jaw 8" Channellock/Irega adjustable wrench and the 7" Grip-On locking pliers for my roadbike tool roll.

Question is this... Lots of riders seem to love the Knipex Plier Wrench and it looks seriously useful. I'm a tool slut but is it so good it's worth double ($40 v $20) the cost of the Irega adj wrench?

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Old 03-13-2015, 09:12 PM   #2
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Old 03-14-2015, 04:23 PM   #3
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Old 03-14-2015, 04:58 PM   #4
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OP, I salute your thoughtful consideration on where to place this thread. It's a trait sorely lacking among many members
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Old 03-14-2015, 05:26 PM   #5
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If Knipex is stamped into it, it is worth the money.
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:10 PM   #6
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yes indeed...

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Old 03-14-2015, 08:23 PM   #7
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any and all knipex is worth the money.
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:55 PM   #8
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Thanks to inmates who responded to a nooby. OK I am sold. I'm going for the plier wrench. Maybe an old dog can learn a new trick or two.

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Old 03-15-2015, 08:03 PM   #9
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If it might help, I have my own shop, and have been working
on motorcycles here for 17 years. I have 3 Knipex plier wrenches,
a 7" and 10" in the shop, and a 7" that lives on whatever motorcycle
I ride. They are my "go to wrenches". They don't slip, will turn any
bolt you are man enough to move and fit anything that have a couple of flat
sides. I don't care what they cost, they are worth it...... You can
keep your old adjustable wrenches to use- as hammers.
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Old 03-15-2015, 09:43 PM   #10
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I'd never even heard of these before, but they do look cool. So I went ahead and ordered a 7" for my tool roll.
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:23 AM   #11
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comfort grip or dipped grip

One review I saw recommended the comfort grip rather than the simple dipped grip. They look a bit more bulky though for a tool roll, anyone tried both?

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Old 03-16-2015, 03:19 PM   #12
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Yes... I have 2 of 'em.

Those 'pliers' are awesome.
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Old 03-18-2015, 09:58 PM   #13
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This thing is cool! It's perfect for the on-the-bike toolkit.
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They sure are nice pliers. I picked up a pair a couple of years ago based on these highly praised tools. However, I got to say, they don't see much use in my shop or on the bike. I just don't need to use pliers much (unless I'm working on plumbing around the house). I try to have wrench's/sockets that fit the bolts on my bikes. What all do you use these for on a bike that are make them so invaluable?

EDIT - I see those are the smooth jaws ones, I don't have those. Maybe they would be more useful?
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:10 AM   #15
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They sure are nice pliers. I picked up a pair a couple of years ago based on these highly praised tools. However, I got to say, they don't see much use in my shop or on the bike. I just don't need to use pliers much (unless I'm working on plumbing around the house). I try to have wrench's/sockets that fit the bolts on my bikes. What all do you use these for on a bike that are make them so invaluable?

EDIT - I see those are the smooth jaws ones, I don't have those. Maybe they would be more useful?
In my shop I too stick to the appropriate wrench whenever possible.

Think about the Knipex plier-wrench as a substitute for a Crescent wrench on a field repair.

I think the only socket I currently have in my Kriega roll is a 3/8" drive spark plug socket and I may eventurally ditch it in favor of the OEM Heyco tubular socket and tommy bar.

I have been tempted to get this nifty Wera Zyklop socket set for the bike. Do you think this is overkill or wasted space for an onboard tool kit?

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