A pair of snap ring pliers are a stand alone hand tool, much like a socket wrench. They're designed for one purpose only - dealing with snap rings. There isn't another tool on the market that can handle these small metal components and they're near impossible to remove with the use of a pair of specialist split ring pliers.
Generally they resemble an average pair of pliers, differing in the action that either removes or pushes a snap ring. They're a sturdy tool, built to withstand the torque and maneuvering required when faced with snap rings - and a good pair will stand the test of time.
The five best examples of snap ring pliers are featured below. They're all in the best selling list, offer a good return on investment are are highly rated hand tools overall.