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Old 09-14-10, 08:05 PM   #1
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The Spin Doctor Crank Puller sucks!

I tried using the spin doctor crank puller on my bike a couple of months ago and despite much straining, I only resulted in stripping threads. ARRRGGG!!! i decided that it was best left alone and i'd take my bike into the shop when i need to remove the cranks.

today i bought a park tool ccp-22. piece of cake! i'm sorry that i ever saw the spin doctor tool. took those cranks off in no time.

the spin doctor crank puller should be illegal!
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Old 09-14-10, 08:26 PM   #2
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Yeah I broke mine pretty quickly. Never had an issue with stripping threads though.
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Old 09-14-10, 08:28 PM   #3
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Never had any trouble with mine. Eases cranks off the spindle just like it is supposed to. bk
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Old 09-14-10, 08:33 PM   #4
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I used mine several times and never a problem.
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Old 09-14-10, 10:42 PM   #5
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Mine worked as advertised.
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Old 09-14-10, 10:49 PM   #6
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I just buy Park, never had any problems with their stuff.
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Old 09-14-10, 11:59 PM   #7
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Park +1. Easy Peas-y.
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Old 09-15-10, 12:34 AM   #8
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I don't see how the tool could be to blame for stripped threads.
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Old 09-15-10, 12:47 AM   #9
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Trek tool had a version contracted to the Snap On company.. who make Pro auto mechanic tools..
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Old 09-15-10, 01:57 AM   #10
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Trek tool had a version contracted to the Snap On company.. who make Pro auto mechanic tools..
I am going to have to get my hands on one of those. Snap on is the best stuff I've used.
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Old 09-15-10, 09:34 AM   #11
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That's Wrench Force and I'm not impressed with the cable cutters I have. They're definitely not Snap On quality.
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Old 09-15-10, 04:30 PM   #12
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some wrench force stuff is very good but others not so much. the crank puller from wrench force works fine but nothing spectacular about it. wrench force tools are not around anymore except for NOS. you can still get their repair stands though and maybe a few other items.
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Old 09-15-10, 05:48 PM   #13
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Snap-On sells high end tools and not so high. The second best line of tools they make, which is better then Craftsman, is Cobalt sold at Lowes, and they have the same lifetime warranty that Sears has, meaning no receipts needed, replaced no questions asked, and unlike Sears they won't rebuild your ratchet head and give you back your original rachet. And when Sears goes out of business well so does your Craftsman tools, if Lowes goes out of business Snap-On parent company will handle it.

Most of us non mechanic professionals don't need Snap-On quality tools unless money is no object and you simply want the best, otherwise Cobalt or Craftsman is fine. I have severa classic cars and do most of the work myself and even I don't buy Snap-On! I have mostly Challenger and S&K with some Craftsman.
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The first time could have just been a really stuck crank. I have had a few that would never come off no matter what I tried. I have stripped the threads out with the park tool.

If it feels so tight that you think it will pull the threads out of the crank, and you are sure there isn't a washer still in there, leave the bolt or nut loose and go for a ride. Sometimes that works.
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Old 09-15-10, 08:21 PM   #15
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I don't see how the tool could be to blame for stripped threads.
+1 Misplaced blame on that one IMHO.
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I think he meant that the tool threads stripped not the crank. Note he bought the Park tool and the crank came right out. The old Tool didn't strip out the threads of the crank. Did anyone catch that, or am I missing something?

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Old 09-16-10, 02:46 PM   #17
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I think he meant that the tool threads stripped not the crank. Note he bought the Park tool and the crank came right out. The old Tool didn't strip out the threads of the crank. Did anyone catch that, or am I missing something?
Makes sense to me!
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Old 09-16-10, 03:07 PM   #18
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Well, if the threads on the puller itself stripped out, then +1 that puller is definitely a POS. If you bought it at Performance Bike, Nashbar, or REI, they will all probably warranty it for you. I have a Spin Doctor puller, and have used it dozens of times without a problem. Sounds like you got a lemon.
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Old 09-16-10, 09:01 PM   #19
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I have the spin doctor puller and it has worked great the many times that I have used it.
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And when Sears goes out of business well so does your Craftsman tools, if Lowes goes out of business Snap-On parent company will handle it.
Sears most likely is never going to go out of business. The problem with Craftstman tools it that they make a different model tool from year to year made by who knows what company so finding a direct replacement or, God forbid, parts for your Crafstman equipment, is impossible.

Sears doesn't have parts departments anymore. Even their lawnmowers, which used to be made by Husqvarna (who makes a great mower), are going to be made by MTD/Electrolux from now on. In my city, you can't get MTD mowers serviced anywhere. Dealers refuse to service them because MTD doesn't back up their warranties. They're assembled with Chinese made parts which change year to year.
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Sears is doing very poorly financially, and have been doing poorly since the K-Mart deal. There are rumors in the financial world that they should be out of business in 10 years at the most. In fact just this quarter alone they lost 39 million dollars...BUT somehow Sears keeps going. In fact Fitch upgraded them recently from unstable condition to that of stable. Problem is a lot of Sears stores are in old run down malls where almost all the stores in the mall have left, and K-mart stores are also run down and in bad neighborhoods. So how long can they hold out? That's the billion dollar question. They held out once before when bankruptcy was their only option but instead they infused hundreds of millions of dollars from Allstate back in the early 90's.

MTD stuff is junk product which raises a question, has Electrolux whet from being a European company to being made in China? Will this mean that Electrolux will go down the same quality control problems as MTD?
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I have a Spin Dr. puller and a Park puller. Both have worked fine for me.
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Old 09-20-10, 06:52 AM   #23
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nah, the puller stripped the crank. i doubt it was a stuck crank because it was the exact SAME crank. Unless a crank can magically loosen.

maybe i did get a lemon but i'm certainly not going to ask for another.
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I don't see how the tool could be to blame for stripped threads.
E.g. if the outer thread of the tool is too small and does not hold well the crank's thread.
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I've used the spin doctor numerous times on numerous cranks. Never had a problem.
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