KNIPEX Tools Hose Clamp Pliers Wins Multiple Industry Awards

Hose clamp pliers honored for innovative, versatile features

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The KNIPEX Tools LP-patented hose clamp pliers won both the Pro Tool Product Innovation Award and PTEN Innovation Award.

The hose clamp pliers (85 51 250 A SBA), a part of KNIPEX’s Cobra® QuickSet line, is made specifically for opening hose clamps quickly and efficiently. The hose clamp pliers have the same features as Cobra pliers, with the added benefit of universal, rotatable tips for tight grabbing. The pliers are made to open multiple types of hose clamps, up to 3 inches in diameter and are perfect for confined areas, providing the ability to reach all angles with its rotatable, universal grip inserts.

Distinguished by a push button for fine adjustments, these pliers are quick and comfortable to use. Fast adjustment on the workpiece can be made with the push of a button. With pliers in hand, the user presses down the push-button adjustment and fully opens the jaw on the workpiece. The user slides the lower jaw up until it is positioned on the workpiece, squeezes the handles together and the jaws are now locked in place and ready to use.

“We’re very honored to have the hose clamp pliers recognized by PTEN and Pro Tool Reviews,” said Alan W. Sipe, president and general manager, KNIPEX Tools. “To have this product take home not one, but two awards this year is very special for our company.”

Now in its second year, the PTEN Innovation Awards are decided by readers who voiced their opinions on the top nominated products. The most popular picks are recognized as 2015 People’s Choice winners. A panel of judges representing tool professionals from across the United States weighed in on entries from top global manufacturers, and the KNIPEX hose clamp pliers was selected as a recipient of this honor.

The Pro Tool Innovation Awards (PTIA) are an annual awards program judged by a panel of professional tradesmen in the electrical, plumbing, MRO and concrete fields as well as general contractors and builders. The Pro Tool Innovation Awards seek to discover and recognize the most innovative tools in the residential and commercial construction industry across a wide variety of categories. The Pro Tool Innovation Awards is backed by over a dozen media sponsors, including its founding member, Pro Tool Reviews, which hosts the awards each year on their website.

“Certain manufacturers go the extra mile to add useful and often game-changing innovations to their product offerings,” said Clint DeBoer, executive director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. “The winners deserve a coveted spot in the tool box of any tradesman, contractor or DIYer.”

“The tip inserts allow users to go after hose clamps from any angle,” noted the judging panel. “With so many automotive applications and a variety of ‘creative’ ways to leave those clamps for someone else to remove, we really appreciate the innovation on KNIPEX Tools’ hose clamp pliers.”

About KNIPEX Tools

KNIPEX Tools LP is the North American sales and marketing organization of KNIPEX-Werk and is located in Arlington Heights, Ill. KNIPEX-Werk, Wuppertal, Germany, is the largest manufacturer of professional quality pliers in the world, producing up to 65,000 pliers per day, or up to 325,000 pliers each week. The company concentrates its efforts on being the best pliers manufacturer in terms of quality, innovation and efficiency and its pliers satisfy the highest expectations in terms of performance, ergonomics and service life.

About PTEN

Professional Tool and Equipment News (PTEN) is the trusted source for automotive repair shop owners and technicians on the latest tools and equipment in the automotive aftermarket. For additional information, visit

About Pro Tool Reviews

Pro Tool Reviews is a successful online tool review magazine with content written by electricians, plumbers, carpenters, framers, concrete/masonry professionals and general contractors. PTR reviews are written by professionals, for professionals. For additional information, please visit

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