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Old 11-06-08, 02:07 PM   #1
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Repair stand truing stand attachments

I am interested in getting a truing stand and have to say a Park TS-2 is a great looking stand, however a bit pricey. I am interested in people's opinions on the Park repair stand truing attachments (the TS-5 and TS-15). I want to invest in a quality tools the first time if I go this route it might be a bit cheaper than a TS-2. What are the downsides and upsides to this kind of stand?
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I am interested in getting a truing stand and have to say a Park TS-2 is a great looking stand, however a bit pricey. I am interested in people's opinions on the Park repair stand truing attachments (the TS-5 and TS-15). I want to invest in a quality tools the first time if I go this route it might be a bit cheaper than a TS-2. What are the downsides and upsides to this kind of stand?
Not being able to watch TV while wheel building? Having to stand in a freezing garage to work on wheels? It doesn't take me long to do a complete build anymore (an hour to an hour and a half) but that's a long time to be standing around.

Why not look at the TS-8 or the Spin Doctor from Performance. Not a fancy as the TS-2 but they will get the job done.
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the upside is the TS-2 will last a lifetime and then some,have kids pass it on.
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I like my TS-5 - I live in an apartment, so space is at a premium and having it on my stand is helpful. It's nice and cheap too, and it has never given me problems. The standalone Park truing stands are nicer and easier to use, though.
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I have the TS-5 and used it to true many wheels and also build a couple. It works fine though doesn't have some of the bells and whistles that make the job more convenient and I'll say pleasureable. I still use it on occasion cuz it's in the shop with the stand and tools etc. But when I want convience and sit-down comfort I use my TS-2 in my office. I wouldn't say the TS-5/15 is a quality tool but a good starter tool that will allow you to test the process and decide if you want to upgrade at a later date with a minimum of $ outlay to begin with. It is simple, and effective.
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If you're not going to end up starving and homeless - go for the TS-2. It would have the best re-sale value should you quit bicycles and buy an elephant. Or it sure will last a lifetime. It is top-of-the-line equipment that makes wheels a pleasure to work on/build. The others are functional and you can build world-class wheels on them, but you'd likely be more inclined to do so on a TS-2.
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