The Stockton Tool Company Chain Breaker and Rivet Tool Kit has everything you need to work on your chain. Essential gear for the home mechanic, this kit is contained in its own thermomolded resin case to ensure the tools you need are always close at hand.
1) I must reitterate: The instructions are absolutely useless. If you were to accidentally light them on fire before first using the tool, you might actually be one step ahead.2) Price - for [$], I would expect Snap-On (or at LEAST Craftsman) quality tools. I liken these more to Harbor Freight's "Pittsburgh" brand of knock-off everything. But, I will admit, given that the product worked, it should pretty much have paid for itself after two or three uses, so I guess I shouldn't complain TOO much...3) And last but not least, if you're breaking tips and turning them into things that resemble question marks, please start over...in life. With the way this tool is designed, when used PROPERLY, it is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to break the tips!!! The main hollow bolt that you put the tip in is designed to act as a GUIDE for the tip. If you put the tip in and make it protrude from the bolt before snugging the bolt up to the chain, the tip is almost guaranteed to break.
CONS: Terrible Instructions, Terrible price, NOT IDIOT-PROOF
BEST USES: Best used by people with, Good sense of mechanical, Logic
Though some people had issues with this product, i had no issues. I suppose if you were on a 530 or up chain, and didn't grind off the head of the pin before you tried to press it out, it may be an issue. Just remember to take the head off the pin, and it comes out nice and easy as long as you have the push-pin centered. Took apart my dads chain on his 127" bike nice and easy, and riveting the new one on was a piece of cake. Not bad, especially for the price it was at at the time i bought it.
I used this on a 520 chain. The low price made it something I could have, rather than wish I had... and allowed me to rivet rather than use a clip. I worked as it should, though I'd reccomend checking YouTube for videos on using a rivet tool. My only complaint is having to use a magnifing glass to read the instructions. They don't fit in the case anyway, so why not have a full sized manual.
I changed my first chain with this tool and it was a cake walk. I love having the right tools for the job and that is exactly what this is. I'm more of a visual learner so just look it up on YouTube how to use this properly. Instructions it comes with made a lot more sense to me after watching a how to video.
I bought this chain rivet tool over black friday (when it was half off) and just used it yesterday (1/5/11) and it worked perfect. The directions are ok if you take time to play with the tool as you read them and really figure things out before hand. I don't know what these other people are talking about, because mine worked perfect and was simple. But BE SURE to grind the link you want to remove with a metal grinder BEFORE you try to push out the pins. Otherwise you're likely to break the tool. The pins work great if you don't abuse them and just use them properly and as intended. This tool is well worth the money and pays for itself after just a few uses.
I found the instructions to be good and understandable...use common sense though. Replaced 2 chains with this tool. I had never used one before but found it easyto use. I played it safe and ground the head off the rivet when removing the chain, some say you don't need to but why risk it? When installing, compress rivet a little at a time and measure rivet head squish with veneer calipers as the tool does not have set stops for different size chains. Again, use common sense.
PROS: Good instructions, Easy to use, Very IMPRESSED