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Park Tool MLP-1.2 Chain Link Pliers

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  • Blue, vinyl coated handle offers comfort and grip
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Park Tool MLP-1.2 Chain Link Pliers + KMC Missing Link 10-speed Reusable 6 Pairs + KMC X10.93 10-Speed 116-Links Bicycle Chain, Silver/Grey, 1/2x11/28-Inch
Price for all three: $48.09

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Product Description

Makes removal and replacement of masterlinks quick and effortless.
  • Blue, vinyl coated handle offers comfort and grip

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00D9NW32I
  • Item model number: 4001684
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,687 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dan Sepke on October 26, 2013
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This version of the popular Park Tools MLP-1 improves over the original by redesigning the jaw faces on the tool to accomadate opening and closing masterlink chain closers. Like a lot of the Park Tools the MLP-1.2 is no nonsense offering just the function you need and no fancy. The handles on this particular tool are heavily covered with a rubberised coating and the exposed metal is lightly oiled to resist rust.

No muss, no fuss, just gets the job done right.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Courtney on January 2, 2014
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I use a SRAM powerlink on my Shimano HG 70 chain and it's a tight fit. Really had to work to get it installed before I bought this tool. This tool makes chain removal and replacing for cleaning/maintenance worlds easier!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Mueller on October 3, 2013
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I hesitantly bought these after struggling to remove a master link that left me with some pretty sore fingertips. Yes, these pliers are expensive and yes, master links shouldn't require a tool to remove. But sometimes it's worth paying for a product that provides a convenience and saves time, and that's exactly what these do.

These pliers can be used for both removing a master link AND connecting it. I've used it on two different 9-speed chains so far (1 KMC, 1 SRAM) and they work great.

Like all Park Tools, the construction of the pliers is sturdy and I have no doubt they will last a long time.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By The Irish Patient on February 11, 2014
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I bought this Park MLP-1.2 based on the misleading five star reviews on this page. Ignore any claims that this Park MLP-1.2 will both open and close KMC missing links. The MLP-1.2 is perfectly fine for opening missing links, but the closing function isn't genuinely useful.

Moreover, it's extremely doubtful that this MLP-1.2 is going to be any better as a link opener than the KMC Opener Missing Link tool which costs a few dollars less. In fact, the KMC tool appears to have better ergonomics. The photo of the KMC Opener Tool shows a spring, implying that the pivot is loose enough that you can adjust the width of the jaws just by relaxing or tightening your grip on the hand holding the tool. By contrast, the pivot on this Park MLP-1.2 is extremely stiff and is unsprung. If you put the MLP-1.2 up to the chain and find that the jaws are too close together, you have to use both hands, one hand on each handle, to separate the jaws. Then try again.

The opening function works in similar fashion to an ordinary pliers. The jaws move towards each other when you squeeze the handles with one hand.

Closing a missing link requires the opposite motion. The jaws have to move away from each other when you squeeze the handles. That's how the KMC Closer Missing Link tool works. If you enlarge the photo on the KMC Closer Tool, you can see how the fulcrum mechanism is reversed. That's why KMC sells two separate tools for opening and closing their missing links. KMC isn't just taking your money for nothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James R. on June 25, 2014
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If you've ever tried to connect a SRAM Powerlink or a KMC Missing Link, you know that sometimes it's a piece of cake, but most of the time it's not so graceful. I've worked with chains enough to merit trying the Parktool MLP 1.2 pliers out, and it was worth it. The pliers feel quality, with a nice rubberized coating on the handles.

To remove (disconnect) a link, you simply stick the tips of the pliers on the outside of the chain rollers where your link is, and squeeze. With little effort, the chain link is disengaged and easily removed. No more fidgeting with a screwdriver, or two pairs of needle nosed pliers - the MLP 1.2 does the job swiftly. To install (connect) a link, it's basically the same - stick the tips in between the chain rollers where the link is, and pull the tool open - no slamming the pedal down, no tugging at opposite chain ends - once again, the MLP 1.2 does the job in mere seconds. The specially shaped plier ends is the secret - they are perfectly shaped to grab a chain roller.

If I had to nitpick the product, I guess the only tiny complaint (not enough to remove a star) is that you have to use two hands to pull apart the plier arms when installing a link, but that really doesn't bother me. If I really needed one hand-operated tools, KMC sells separate "opening" and "closing" chain link pliers, but those two tools will cost an extra $6 compared to the equally capable MLP 1.2, without needing twice the rook in my tool box. Finally, the $15 price is fine for a high quality and ultra useful tool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SWS on March 15, 2014
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These pliers works very well for opening and closing bike chain connection links. The MLP-1.2 version definetly works great on 7, 8 and 9 speed chains. It might also work on 10 and 11 speed chains as well, I don't have any so I have not tried it yet. The pliers is high quality, built for daily use in a bike shop. The handles are very comfortable, the directions even include a reminder that the sides of some links need to be squeezed together to release the links, and the price reflects all that.

As others have said, the pivot is too tight. It can easily be loosed with an allen wrench and an adjustable wrench, the self locking nut will holds its position. The pivot adjustment is very touchy: it is either too tight or floppy loose, nothing in-between. I prefer the pivot loose.

To make this tool a better value for the average bike owner, could this tool be combined with another pliers style tool, say maybe a bike cable cutter or similar tool? The last 3/8 inch long portion of these jaws could easily be added to the end of another pliers without affecting the operation of any functions. I ride road bikes, and I don't need to carry this tool with me, so I keep this in my tool box. As a consumer who uses most of my bike tools only a few imes a year, I would prefer to buy a few high quality multi-purpose tools instead of a high number of single purpose tools. If I carrier this tool on the bike I'd want a lighter, cheaper version in case it gets lost.
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