I had some free-play in my bottom bracket , and I couldn't find a crank-puller, so I went to the LBS to buy a new one.
Instead of the $5.00 kind, the LBS manager only had the professional kind that costs $20.00. The main difference being the pro model has a handle, and the kind I was used to needs a wrench (has hex sides).
The handle on this twenty dollar crank puller has a *short* handle, and I soon realized that it is short for the purpose of clearing the pedal.
As I used this crank puller for the first time, I noticed that the tool needed a lot of torque; just as the handle was parallel to the crank. I couldn't fit my fingers between the crank and the tool handle.
I actually backed the tool out and turned the inner push thingie half a turn, twice, so I could get a better grip.
I inspected the BB bearings and they were fine. The lock-ring was only a turn and a half loose. I regreased the bearings, although there was plenty of grease on them , as fresh from the factory (I've seen BB's with only minimal grease, as delivered.)
Anyone have a comment on which type of crank-puller you prefer?
I didn't need to use a 'cheater bar' this time, have you ever used one to remove a stubborn crank?