Chain Breaker Questions.

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by Chrismbello, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. Chrismbello

    Chrismbello New Member

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    Has anyone ever tried using a chainbreaker like this : Motorcycle and ATV Chain Breaker ???

    I'm looking for a chain breaker for about 20$ that's good and reliable and doesn't take an hour to remove a link, but would rather take 2-3 minutes.

    I've noticed some of the Harbor freight breakers but read up that you have to do modification to the breaker itself to make it work.

    Thanks for your comments.
     
  2. Flounder

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    Hey chris, I have used the one in your first post.. Actually tried it in the parking lot at northren tool where i bought it.. Straight up junk... Returned it on the spot.. The one I use now came from harbor freight for 15 buck.. Way better of a tool , and bullet proof for what I use it for.. I did have to modify one of this pins on a bench grinder to round it down a little. The Diameter of the pin is a tad to big. Hope that helps.
     
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  3. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    that was probably my post you read about the HF chain breaker. it's weird that the first one i bought had two different pins, and none of the other ones do.

    it comes with 2 pins, and they're larger diameter and fit the 415 and 41 chains perfectly. like Flounder said, you have to grind down one pin to fit your bike chain. if you have a grinder, it'll take you 30 seconds. probably take you 10 minutes with a file.

    best chain breaker i've ever used. seriously.
     
  4. KCvale

    KCvale Well-Known Member

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    I love your tag line Flounder...
    "A mans mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension. Hmmmm ? "
    I have used this one off and on for years...

    It's all how you look at things ©¿©¬

    But back to this chain breaker topic ;-}
    I break a lot of chain because I tend to try to chain match best I can which means both chains and the $6 Ace Hardware one was useless after a couple of breaks, the cheap aluminum housing threads stripped.

    The $10 one I got from a local bike store works well, but only for 'regular' size chain, not the heavy duty Z chain so I am interested what this community finds to be the best tool for the best price to handle both.
     
  5. Mind_Reader7

    Mind_Reader7 New Member

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    Buy a Dremel.
     
  6. city of angels

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    i have the one from harbor freight i like it because its heavy duty i like it because you could change the tip for what ever chain you have a paid a little under 20. bucks
     
  7. Flounder

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    Thx KC, I like the ansi art in your tag..

    I would only use a dremel if it was a one time thing.. Dont get me wrong I use to use a hammer , punch , grinder you name it when I was kid and didnt have a choice and beefed up alot of chains back then.. But I believe 15 dollars is money well spent when it comes to building these bikes. On the other hand money is always a factor... I know if I wasnt on budget I could spend 250k on my dream workshop lol...
     
  8. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    dremels are lousy at putting chains back together...
     
  9. KCvale

    KCvale Well-Known Member

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    Heck, $250K, even $25K could make for a nice shop, but like many people in this economy I have no K's in what I can spend on tools, usually not even just $25 at a time hehehe.

    And the tag line, ya, it is old school, kind of like the ansi smile I like to use so ofter ;-}
     
  10. moronic_kaos

    moronic_kaos New Member

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    I spent like $35 on one of those at the hardware store before. Could not for the life of me figure out how to use it.
     
  11. tipetu

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    I use a grinder on the metal pin, and pry it open with a screwdriver. Simple and easy. took me 2 min to cut and splice a heavy 420 chain with a masterlink.
     
  12. rohmell

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    I use the eBay one from BGF shown in the 2nd link. I am satisfied with it.
     
  13. Dan

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    I have the HF one. It is heavy duty, cheap and really works well. I used to have a small sledge, punch and nail in a box just for breaking chains but once I used an actual chain breaker, wow, what a difference. 2 seconds and your done. Don't even have time for colorful language and is way kinder to your knuckles. I am going to spend the cash and get one for this. Never sorry when ya have the right, good tool.

    I never could figure them out either MK! (I think it is sold as a chain breaker to hide that is a marital aid for folks who enjoy leather) Just found this; Roller Chain Breaker Tools #25-#60 (4003D60) Has a diagram. Might have to try one.



    Cracked me up Baird. I posted that in the snork thread
     
  14. Dan

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    Wait Bairdco, could work if you hit the pin hard enough with the dremel
     

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