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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2012
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I am a Park tool groupie, but I do have a price limitation. The Park Tool is over three times the cost of Ice Toolz, but still the Park tool has a few low ratings. I have been impressed with IceToolz, so I decided to give this tool a chance.

At this low price you wouldn't expect too much, but it is almost identical to the Parks tool. The grips and ratchet and mechanisms are very sturdy. One comment was it got rusty. I imagine since it is made of steel if you leave it out in the moisture it will rust.

I am glad to have this tool since I deal with shifter cables and brake cables. It will be easier to get out the slack.

I wouldn't hestitate getting this tool if you think the park tool is too expensive.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2009
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This tool is great, I'm not yanking your chain. Actually I'm pulling your cable.

It also doubles as an awesome zip-tie tightener.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2010
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I went years without having a cable puller, which was one of the worst ideas of my life. It makes installing new cables a snap and your brakes nice and tight. The IceToolz puller is good quality and works flawlessly. Certainly one of the best value cable pullers on Amazon.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2012
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I became tired of wanting to pull my (non-existent) hair out of my head whenever it was time to adjust my cantilever brakes, so finally I took my bike to a bicycle shop so I could see what method they used for adjusting brakes (namely tightening). I saw the mechanic pull out Park Tool's version of this, and he had my brakes tightened and adjusted in less than a minute. I was floored!

Cantilever brakes can be finicky. I would try to adjust them by using just regular old pliers and patience, but my patience was very rarely rewarded. It's a pain to pull the cable at just the right tension, hold the pliers with one hand, and screw the anchor bolt with the other, only to give it a test run and find out the brakes are way too squishy, usually so bad that barrel adjustments (typically used for fine tuning) wouldn't really help all that much. Typically this means a retry, so I would try to cinch it down a little tighter, only to go too tight and find that my pad is rubbing against my rim. Maybe I'm just mechanically inept, but sometimes I would spend upwards of a half an hour just to try and get the brakes just right, only to give up and settle for squishy brakes.

I discovered that this tool is called a 'fourth hand tool' (or simply 'cable puller'). I didn't want to spend $45 at the shop for one of these, so after doing a little searching on Amazon I found this one for $13. WHAT A GODSEND!

Sure, the name is stupid (IceToolz...?) but I bet it's every bit as functional as Park Tool's version. It may not be quite as rugged, but I bet this thing will still last for years. This isn't the type of tool you need to pull out every week, and it doesn't undergo a lot of stress when you do use it.

It may seem a bit confusing to use at first, but once you figure it out you'll be amazed at how easy cable adjustments can be. When I used it the first time it almost seemed *too* easy. The beauty in this thing is that it allows you to set cable tension to where you like it, lock it in place at that tension, remove your hand from the tool (so you can make sure you still have clearance for the wheel, for instance) and then make micro adjustments to get the tension exactly where you need it.

This tool is also great for setting the cable tension on your front derailleur. Setting a RD isn't too hard without one of these, but FDs tend to be a bit more of a pain.

If adjusting your FD then just set your FD in the lowest gear (smallest chainring). Use this tool to pull the tension, squeeze until the FD begins to shift, then just back off a bit and anchor your cable. Voila! Setting the FD tension couldn't be easier!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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IceToolz Fourth Hand Cable Puller

I wouldn't recommend using this for bicycle brakes because setting the cable too tight will make the lever travel almost non-existent and the pads will be too tight. However, the Fourth Hand comes in handy to keep the cable in place as the binder bolt is tightened - just make sure NOT to over-tighten that cable with the 4th hand tool. It is easy to do.

If the cable end is short, it can be difficult to route into the channel of the tool. The only complaint I have is the thumb lock is a bit quirky to use. It is effective and well made, I just feel it is a bit difficult to lock in place due to the tiny tab that is used on the locking mechanism.

I'd highly recommend this tool for the front and rear derailleurs. It is always difficult to use pliers to keep the cable taught as the other hand is used to tighten the binding bolt. This fourth hand tool makes it simple and can allow for very tight cables - so be careful.

The overall construction and quality is great. The low price makes it a high value tool for any DIY bicycle enthusiast.

Overall: 5/5 stars
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2011
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Purchased this here at Amazon and I would say I am satisfied with it. It grabs the cable pretty firm which frees up my assisting hand thereby allowing me to fine-tune the amount of slack I wanted with the cable. This is pretty hard for me to accomplish with a long-nose pliers so for its price it's worth having in the toolbox. The only minor gripe that I have on this tool is when I use the locking tool to hold the desired slack on the cable and it happens to be a bit tight, it's really pretty hard to remove it. It happened to me twice so far and it takes quite a lot of wiggling and shaking just to break it loose. Now if anyone can point out the proper way to use this tool then I'm more than willing to correct this review. Until then, I'll stick with my stated gripe.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
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This tool just gets the job done.

If you don't have this tool or a similar one, you don't know what you are missing.

Keeping brake lines tight without fraying or damaging the line is difficult and almost impossible on some bikes. This tool saves time and frustration and finger pain. I break out this tool every chance that I get because the results are so gratifying compared to going without.

Now that we have established the merits of this type of tool, let's look at this particular model. On first inspection, this tool struck me as a bit cheap in contruction due to the thin metal. But as I used it, I realized that there is not a need for a heavier and stiffer material to be used since it gets the job done. I'm sure the Park Tool version of this is much nicer, but I don't see the need to pay the extra money.

This cable puller is perfect for the person that maintains their own bikes and doesn't do this for a living. I have at least a dozen bikes that I maintain at any time and this tool handles that easily. If I had a regular business, I might look at a more robust piece. For my needs, it is exactly what I need. 4 stars since it might not be 'perfect' for some.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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When I first started buying bike tools I focused on freewheel pullers, headset and bottom bracket wrenches, etc. This is the tool that has relieved the most stress in my bicycle maintenance. it's so easy to just dial in the perfect cable tension and tighten up the bolt. No more having another person help or using screwdrivers to get the cable tight. All my other tools are park but I took a chance on this and love it. No complaints and the price is great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2011
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The design of a Fourth Hand Tool is clever and necessary for working on your bike. Definitely get one. This IceToolz one was pretty cheap and works ok. I like the locking mechanism that lets me tension the cable then let go of the tool to check tension before tightening the locking bolts.

One major downside is that this tool started rusting after only about 2 or 3 light uses. It still works but sticks so I have to use two hands to get it to lock onto the cable before starting the pulling. Bottom line is that it's cheap so don't expect quality from this particular brand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2010
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These pullers work great, no more fayed cables from using pliers. For the price these are great...little thin, but work great.
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