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I bought this chain tool as a back up to my main chain tool (its bigger brother the Park Tool CT-3.2) to take out on rides because it is a bit smaller and lighter. I have used cheap chain tools in the past that seem to be made of some sort of cheese! However, this tool is high quality and feels robust as are all the other Park tools I've used. I have used it several times to swap chains and split them for maintenance and I've had no problems at all with it, it is a great tool to have and splits chains really well. Don't bother with cheaper ones, it's not worth getting stuck on the side of the road to save a couple of £ and this will last a long time if you look after it.
Had bad experience wirh cheap tool, actually it wasn't cheaper but comes with other related tools. Cheap one worked with old chains but it gave the ghost when used with sturdy new KMC. With this I had little struggle due to very short sliding arm so used pliers to lengthan distance where I can apply torque, I noticed that sliding arm has notches similar to screwdriver bit so if any one knows about screwdriver handle that fits this sliding arm please comment as that wouuld help a lot and would make breaking chain lot lot easier
Used this to break 11 speed KMC e-bike chain. I found it a bit fiddly to keep the punch lined up with the chain rivet. What happens is, you get it lined up, but as the punch contacts the chain rivet the rotation moves it so it is no longer lined up. On one occasion after the rivet had been pushed through, when I unscrewed the tool the punch unscrewed and detached, easy enough to screw back in though.
I think it does need used with care, if a lot of pressure is applied when the punch is not lined up with the chain rivet, I'd fear it might just bend the location prongs. I'ts not a bad tool considering it's size and that it's not intended for every day use, there are no huge issues when used carefully, I'm happy enough to keep it in my tool kit, it's small enough to go in the carry with kit for on the move repairs. Not perfect perhaps, but does get the job done.
I haven't used the tight link loosening function so can't comment on that.
Great little tool. After reading reviews on here for various chain tools I decided to choose this one. I made the right choice, the price was good and the tool works very well. Good price to quality ratio.
It took me a few turns and the chain pin slid out easily, by hand. It's sturdy and small enough to fit in my little under seat tool bag on rides.
I needed to shorten my chain by a few links and this did the job perfectly!
The brand also has very helpful videos on YouTube to guide on repairs as well.
It was delivered before the expected arrival time. Although this was over a week, but I was expecting 2 weeks.
Bought this (along with spare QR chain link) for when you're far from home and a broken chain would be a serious pain. Well-made and easy to use, it broke a spare bit of 10 speed KMC chain easily so although 77g is not nothing I'll put it in the saddlebag for the peace of mind on long trips and hope not to need it...
Not a lot one can say. It's very small, no doubt about that. It also works perfectly.
I tested it on a spare chain, and it removed a rivet/link with very little effort. All that is required is to ensure that the pin that presses out the rivet is properly aligned with the rivet to be removed, and out it comes. If the handles were any longer it would take up more space. If the handles were any shorter they would be too short to give the required leverage. I have yet to use it "in anger" but its diminutive size and minimal weight means that it will accompany my bike, together with a spare split link, at all times. In the unlikely event of a broken chain I will be up and cycling again in no time.
Not tested its ability to re-join a chain, but split links are cheap, so carrying a spare split link "just in case" is no real hardship.
Tool broke after about two years of use when trying to remove a chain. I have never used anything but my hands to apply pressure. I even bought Park Tool replacement pins, thinking how great this little tool was. I've had many chain tools and they brake, but that is pins get distorted or brake, but never seen body to brake. I've heard about life time warranty for Park Tools. I contacted Amazon in regards to this and they were very helpful and agreed to replace it. Currently awaiting replacement. Overall I find this tool easy to use, small and compact, it is easy to carry with you. I will continue to review this item.
This tool is way better than i expected. I use this all the time to put chains on and take them off. Really easy to use and has loads of strength in it. I was worried I'd get something cheap that would break while putting the pin back in. The pin takes quite a bit of torque to get back in but this tool manages it just fine. I've used it more times than I can count to put the pins back in and it's defiantly man enough for the job.
Not used frequently so looked for a lower cost option. Delivered and used today. This one is small and light enough to be a saddlebag tool but sill fit for purpose. Used it to break my old chain easier than its “quick link” (don’t have that tool) and used it to take two links out of my replacement quick link chain. Pleased with it.