Easy to use, well made tool. Read that people have issues with shattering the pins on these but I have not had any problems as I always dremel the head off of one side of the pin and they push right out. Used to break and press chain, have not used to rivet yet but i'm sure it works fine
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Bought this after buying the cheap $50 Motion Pro chain breaker/riveter tool, and having the anvil break while trying to flare my rivets. Then, after getting a replacement anvil, having the extractor pin break punching out the old pin!! There may have been some user error in the process, but I feel the quality of the tools was a big part as well in the botched repair (I read the instructions through and was very careful to double check everything). I needed my bike fixed, and quick, as a month of my summer had already been eaten up waiting on parts, and I needed it fixed, quick. I opted to spend the money on a GOOD chain tool (as I'd see recommendations that you spend at least $120 or so on a good chain tool), received it within. A few days, and this worked like a charm!
Whereas the cheap $50 tool was a pain to try to operate due to its small size, trying to wrench the extractor pin through and tighening the plates, pulling the chain everywhere, this made repairs go smoothly.
The only step I had some trouble with was pressing the plates. There is only one side of the tool that has holes for the pins, which is on the side of the link where the pins are not pre-attached, and I found it a little tricky trying to keep the side plate on the link, while trying to make sure the holes lined up with the pin holes as I was tightening it. Seems to require a bit of finger crossing hoping that they align right, of course,once you've tightened it a bit it's a little easier without the plate falling off every time you have to back the tool up.
Got it to work tho, and I'm glad to have a good, durable tool for working on my bike. Made the repairs go smoothly and felt more confident doing repairs using this as compared to the $50 tool.
Only used once but did the job on a 530 oring chain. As others have mentioned you do need to grind the old pins before pushing them out but after that this tool works great
Sure, the initial price tag may sting a little, but other chain tools will ultimately cost more in messed up master links and broken pins for the tool. Using this tool is a pleasure, and now that I have it I look forward to the job unlike when I was confined to using a cheap kit. This is the last chain tool you will ever need to buy.
Used this tool to rivet a DID 530zvmx x-ring chain. It worked smoothly and trouble free. I did grind the heads off the rivets on the old chain before pressing them out. I figured that would be better for the tool,and it went quickly with the angle grinder. Enjoyed using this tool!
Works well and does what is is advertised to do. That being said, when breaking the chain, I always grind the rivets off flush with a grinder before pushing the link pins out of the chain so you don't break the push pin supplied with the tool.
I used this tool to replace the size 525 chain on my sport bike. The job was easy and went well when using the easy to follow instructions. Be sure and grind the rivet head flat with the side plate before attempting extraction otherwise you will most likely bend or brake the extraction pin as I have read about in other articles involving chain breakers.