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From: Broken Arrow, OK , USA
Registered: Sep 2000

posted 10-29-2000 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ShawnB   Click Here to Email ShawnB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have two valve spring compressers (VSC), an old Craftsman that uses a crank to push against the valve and compress the spring and a new Craftsman VSC that uses an arm to push on an adjustable rod assy. The new design with the adjustable rod is a problem. In order to change a valve spring requires three seperate operations, all adjusting the rod length. I have seen a Snap-on that was similar but the rod was threaded, it looks like a better design. How many other designs are out there?

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From: Saco, Maine USA
Registered: May 99

posted 10-29-2000 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have two. One is a Craftsman like you decribed, and I don't like it. A stock spring is ok, but if you try a stout spring, it twists on you.

The other one I have is a Snap-on, and it works very well.

There are also the type that sits on the spring and fingers grab the coils and compress. This works well when the engine is in the car, or head is on the engine. The downside to this is that you need small fingers to get the valve lock out, or put them back. A magnet helps for removal.

There are also 'cats paws' which are just crowbar like devices which pivot on the rocker arm stud. They work ok, but you need good biceps if you have stout springs, and you must be careful not to cock it and gall your valve stems or rocker arm studs.

My favorite is my Snap-on, and if the heads are on, the finger type compressor.

The cats paw is the quickest if the springs are stock.

SteveLaRiviere/Webmaster -- MCA # 47773

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From: Lyons, IL, USA
Registered: May 99

posted 10-31-2000 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have about 5 different ones. None of which are craftsman. I like my KD crankwheel finger lever type one for stock springs. My favorite is the Moroso clamp lever type which will compress air craft carrier springs with ease. A little pricey, but worth it in time and aggravation savings. Alex

Alex Denysenko Co-Administrator and Moderator
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