Park Tool Screw Type Chain Tool - CT-3.2
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- Compatible with 1/8” single-speed and 5 to 12-speed derailleur chains
- Compatible with 1/8" and 3/16" single-speed chains
- Fine thread and comfortable size for easy removal of even the toughest chain pins
- Intended for both single-speed and derailleur type chains
- Sliding shelf to accommodate any width chain
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If you happen to see a shop's workspace, chances are pretty good that Park Tool's CT-3. 2 Screw Type Chain Tool is occupying coveted pegboard space. The combination of effective mechanical practices and utilitarian design have made this chain tool a shop staple, and a home mechanic favorite. It's compatible with 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10-speed chains and features a loosening shelf to free stiff links common with chain assembly. The body is constructed from cast steel and the precision screw features replaceable pins to extend the CT-3. 2 Screw Type Chain Tool's usable life. For comfort, the T-handle is coated with rubber in the signature Park Tool blue.
Color: One Color | Size: One Size
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Shimano TL-CN32 Pro - This is the 'master' chain tool from Shimano with the rosewood handles and $155 price tag. This tool is good but it will not break 11 speed chains (it needs to be updated). While I enjoy this tool, its handle is a bit large and harder to grasp than CT-3.2
Campagnolo 11 Speed Chain Tool - No flaws, and works great (even for all Shimano and SRAM chains) if you can afford its $300 price tag. This is the only tool I am mentioning here that I dont own but I will ask Bill Gates how his is working out for him, next time we meet.
Park Tools CT-4.3 - This is the 'master' chain tool from Park Tool which sells for about $49. Even though this is the deluxe model from Park, I actually prefer the adjustable chain plate of the CT-3.2. If the chain is larger (say, a eight speed chain), the 4.3 holds it well in its chamber, but if the chain is 11 speed, then it does not hold it as well. The design of the 4.3 also does not allow the mechanic to see the chain tool pin. Also, the 4.3 does not work at all with wider single speed and five speed chains. I also find that the vinyl coating of the 3.2 to be easier to grasp and turn than the plastic enlarged handles of the 4.2. The one upside it holds over the CT-3.2 is that it will break and peen Campagnolo 11 speed chains.
Pedros Pro Chain Tool 2.0 - Really enjoyed this $45 tool when I first owned it, but the pins have a nasty habit of bending. The upper handles also are weak on mine and are wearing away.
So far, after hundreds of chain repairs with the CT 3.2 or its older brother, the CT-3, no broken chain tool pins. The size and weight of the CT-3.2 also mean that it can easily fit in a Camelback or repair pouch. A final added bonus is that except for the replaceable chain pin, the rest of this model is actually manufactured by Park in Minnesota. For these reasons, the CT-3.2 is my daily go to chain breaker or maker.
This forced me to purchase some spare pins from Park, but I am concerned that they too will bend without too much provocation. I don't know why Park would not use a better quality metal for the pin since it is the part of the tool that is subjected to the greatest forces. If I had it to do over, I would purchase another manufacturer's chain tool that is built to last.
Bottom line, the broken pin forced me to purchase some spare pins from Park, but I am concerned they will also break much too easily. And those replacement pins are not cheap! I am still waiting for them to arrive in the mail. VERY INCONVENIENT. Why Park would use s such poor quality metal for the pin is beyond me. The pins are the part of the tool that is subjected to the greatest forces. If you get this tool, purchase replacement pins at the same time. You'll need them. Better yet, Park should supply an extra pin with their product.