Alternatives to Chain Breaker?

Discussion in 'Frame Mounted Engines' started by echelonunit37, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. echelonunit37

    echelonunit37 Member

    My chain breaker broke (No pun intended) and I cant seem to get the ol' "Hammer n' Nail" thing to work out on the 415 chain... Any suggestions??

  2. beentryin

    beentryin Member

    always can grind off the nipple and use a master
  3. nails usually bend. you need a punch. i tried a chain breaker once and found it alot harder than the old fationed way. hammer and punch only for me :)
  4. echelonunit37

    echelonunit37 Member

    Thanks guys... I got it off with a punch and a drill... way better tension!
  5. JimKamenidis

    JimKamenidis Member

    I tried to do the thing with the nail and the hammer once, and although it worked it also damaged my chain..
    Only chain-breaker for me since then!
  6. lepooner38

    lepooner38 New Member

    I use a 4" angle grinder and a vise. Grind the **** off of the pins and the nail trick will work. I use an old nail setting tool (like a punch).
  7. Al.Fisherman

    Al.Fisherman Active Member

    My first choice is a bench grinder and a 4" as a back up.
  8. tskrem

    tskrem Member

    I do this aswell... although i use a regular nail and hasnt really bent much before. just grind a lot away :D:jester:
  9. professor

    professor Active Member

    Since nobody said it- do the grind thing, but use a real tiny chisel to wedge/drive the side plate off of the link. You must grind the pins completely off as they are somewhat peened over like a rivet.
    I have to do this on number 25 chain (no tool), which I then braise the pins back to the side plate after re-assembling them.
  10. i find most of the peened over chains come out just as easy as the ones that arnt. And because of that i really hardly ever have to grind them. I think the trick is getting it positioned so that you can work it without mangling the chain. A bench vice is a must imo. Also rather than driving one pin all the way through. Which im under the impression some people do. Just drive both pins just enough to pop the side plate off.
  11. Chris Crew

    Chris Crew Member

    you can dis-assemble with a hammer and nail and re-assemble with a small c-clamp
  12. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    You really only have to drive one pin out, enough to swivel the side plate out of the way. Makes it easier to reassemble, too.