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3.3 out of 5 stars
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on 21 January 2016
I've had one of these for over ten years and it gave sterling service until one of the locating tangs snapped off. I don't actually know how I did it, I last used it to split a 9 speed chain without issue, and it's been used on 10 speed chains. I suspect it might not be designed for narrow chains (9 sp and up), meaning the outside of the chain's link plates do not actually contact the main support, putting all the force on the inside of the plates and the tangs instead. It's certainly perfect for 8 speed or less, though.

Yes, it's soft metal, yes the handle requires a bit of dexterity to lever against the t-bar when tightening, yes the t-bar had an annoying habit of dropping off the pin shaft when a rubber boot popped off (should have glued them), yes the handle occasionally unscrewed itself (threadlock). But it reliably split and rejoined every chain I've had in that time, with no breakages. Saved my riding buddies' bacon on many outings, too.

The trick is good technique; if you're breaking this after a single use, you'll break a more expensive one eventually, too. Chain maintenance (or lack thereof) might be an issue as well if you need such excessive force to move a pin. Mine had some play in the threads, but lining the pin up was never an issue until the tang broke - in fact the play was useful in that regard.

All in all it was excellent value for money and proved itself indispensable in the field and at home.
I've replaced it with a Park Tools mini brute which I now expect to last 25 years given the price difference.
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on 17 October 2013
Let's be clear, this is a £4 add-on item - so it's never going to be 'Snap-On' tool quality....that said, you would expect it to do the job. My one did, EVENTUALLY!!

The problem is twofold - the build quality isn't great; consequently, there's a degree of lateral movement in the screw thread (which is less than ideal if you're trying to "thread a needle") and the biggest problem is that the end-stop is symmetrical - so what you ask? This means that when you put the slightly wider chain alongside it's slightly narrower neighbour, the chain sits at a slight angle and the chain link pin then butts up against the end stop rather than being free to pass through it - you can turn the handle until you're blue in the face, but all you'll do it either strip the thread, break the pin...or your wrist!!

Therefore, this item DOES work, but only if you're (1) exceptionally careful in aligning the chain, (2) exceptionally patient (especially if you split the chain in the wrong place - dohh!!!) and (3) built like Arnold Schwarzenegger (or use a screwdriver and a pair of pliers like I did!!).

Buy it, but be warned!!
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on 19 July 2010
great little tool, good quaity and works perfect, fixed my sons bike in a matter of minutes, a lot cheper than the bike shop as well. thanx
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on 1 December 2012
This might be offered at a low price but the quality of the product is poor.
The first time I used this tool one of the chain location lugs (inside the main body of the device) snapped off. This problem is caused by the use of soft metal (probably a Zinc alloy) for the part of the tool which holds the chain. I also noticed that there is excessive play in the pin plunger threads. This makes it difficult to use the tool to re-insert the chain links - I had to resort to using parallel action pliers instead.

My recommendation: do not be tempted to save money by purchasing this tool. Spend a bit more money and buy something that will last longer.
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on 19 November 2012
its not very often i leave feedback for a product but thought i would do it on this one. its more of an health and safety warning than anything.

product did exactly what it says with ease.
extracted a pin completly in under 20 seconds.
it also helped with rejoining the chain by pushing the pin in the last few millimeters.

now for the SAFETY warning.

when extracting a pin completly out, when it gets to the last few millimeters it shoots out like a bullet, there is no safety warning on the packaging,
either wear safety goggles or point it away from your eyes.
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on 8 December 2012
HI THERE I BOUGHT THIS ITEM ONLY USED ONCE AND THE CHAIN LOCATER LUG HAS BROKEN OF IT SO NO GOOD NOW BIN BOUND I THINK
PLENTY MORE OUT THERE 4 LITTLE MORE MONEY WILL B TRYING ONE SHORTLY
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on 30 January 2016
My chain was quite old and it was a struggle to push the rivet through the first link however the tool works well albeit a longer shaft to create more leverage would have made life easier.
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on 21 April 2013
So far I 'fix' two chains with this tool with no problem, could be better but so far no problem, price is low and it does the job.
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on 4 April 2013
anyone who cycles and likes to do there own maintenance this is a must works great and is cheap making chain removal really easy
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on 22 November 2012
Used it once and that was it. In trying to use again the threads gave way under pressure and became a bin item.
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