We changed a lot of treble and assist hooks on last weekend's 3day. Pitbull split ring pliers were the easiest by far. I bought both sizes this week.
Sent some to friends.
Sent some to friends.
Shon,HPA’s for me on all split rings! Period! One and done!
I have used many different brands and settled on HPA as the best for me but ordered the Pitbull hd after reading your post and I think they are going to be my new favorite. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.
I get it. Unfortunately for me I bought the HPA’s awhile ago so I won’t be trying out the pitbull pliers. Yes they are $70 bucks but I’ll never need another split ring plier for small or super hyper wire rings. I have the blue handle Texas tackle pliers too.Shon,
Even the fans of HPA sr pliers for the heavier rings say they have 2 or 3 different pair for lighter rings. ( check out old BD posts for lighter ring pliers ..July 2019) At about $13 each for Pitbulls, I covered all my needs for $30 including tax. The regular pair works for freshwater and lighter saltwater rings ...about 120lbs. The HD pair of Pitbull pliers works on higher gauge rings. I think HP sell for $70...there's no comparison
Because the HPA is able to open the ring quite a bit, have you experienced any distortion in the ring with them?HPA vs Texas Tackle XL vs Pit Bull.
On both rings the HPA's open it further and easier than the others.
TT can't open an 8 Ultra far enough to get it on a lure or hook and was marginal on the 10.
Pit Bull did great on the 10 but can't open the 8 far enough.
I'd say the Pit Bull is better than the Texas Tackle and is cheaper too! But on real strong rings with big hooks you still need the HPA's.
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Hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like the Pit Bull opens the Ultra Split Ring better than the Texas Tackle?Not on the rings that need the HPA's! I've been able to permanently distort a small, weak ring. Of course, you don't have to open the ring the max the tool will go. But with big hooks like 8/0 Jobu's you need to open the ring to max and still have to force it over the hook ring.
Yes, the TT barely moves it while the Pit Bull HD opens it some but not enough to fit over anything you'd need that ring with.Hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like the Pit Bull opens the Ultra Split Ring better than the Texas Tackle?