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Old 06-04-2012, 11:24 PM   #21
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otc strut tamer is the best one on the market today there arent many struts this machine cant do and it cuts the the job time in half! i love mines

branicks is okay but for some reason they do not like very stiff springs such as toyotas (they tend to pop out) with the OTC design it fixes that problem by locking the springs to the machine as it compresses.

keep your eye out for a OTC strut tamer on ebay or craigslist but they dont go cheap either
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:27 PM   #22
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If you're gonna be doing struts in any sort of regular fashion, just go buy one of these:




I use one, best thing out there IMO. Works very well, and is very safe.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:35 PM   #23
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Compressing Springs is a very dangerous job. I have the same one like the above picture. Every other shop comes and uses mines when they need to compressed their springs to put new shocks. Every time I use it, I'm always cautious about it. But the wall mounted Branick Spring Compressor works great.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:18 AM   #24
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Would bolting the HF strut compressor to a wider plywood base help?

How about building a safety cage with 2x4s and screwing the wood safety cage on to the plywood base?
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:22 AM   #25
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Would bolting the HF strut compressor to a wider plywood base help?

How about building a safety cage with 2x4s and screwing the wood safety cage on to the plywood base?
2x4's will give little to no protection from a coil spring that gets away, or worse yet, the shock.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:03 PM   #26
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Compressing Springs is a very dangerous job.
Dangerous? You know it is no more dangerous than lying under a 4000 lbs car with a set of $40 Chinese jackstands. I think the danger aspect has been WAAAYY overstated. Just use common sense like with any mechanical procedure including working under the car or using a welder, or a torch, etc.

I have to tell you guys I have gotten a lot less out of this thread than most others that I have seen on this board.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:17 PM   #27
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^^ that how I feel, things are being blown out of proportion. I have used the rentals from part stores with no problems. dangerous > might as well stop breathing.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:16 PM   #28
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Compressing springs on strut assemblies is not the same animal as dealing with open coil springs on traditional suspension systems. Laying on the floor, jacking a "lower control arm/coil spring" sandwich against the upper control arm high enough to get the bolts in it on a S-10 Blazer was scary. I won't do that again!

Re-working a strut off of the car in a much more controlable work environment has felt relatively safe.
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:18 AM   #29
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There is an element of "danger" to just about everything we do to our cars. I just don't know why guys INSIST on making strut springs into a DANGEROUS job.

Have you heard of anyone getting killed installing a strut spring? I haven't. I have heard of several people who were working under their car and got killed. Just saying.
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:20 AM   #30
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I have these. They feel solid and have not had any problems with them.

http://www.sears.com/schwaben-pro-se...6&blockType=G6

I got them when Sears was having a free shipping promotion. Sears probably lost money on that deal. These things weigh about 50 lbs.
This thing has to be used on THE FLOOR. DO NOT buy this piece of junk.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:09 AM   #31
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UPDATE: Hey guys I bought these from HF:

http://www.harborfreight.com/macpher...-set-3980.html

They worked like a champ. I think I was paying too much attention to those who said that it was such a "dangerous job". What a load of crap. it was the biggest non-event in all my years of working on cars. Very simple and easy. Thanks.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:51 AM   #32
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I know the OP found what he was looking for, but I have been researching this topic as well. My budget is $1000 so I have been looking at both the branick and the OTC strut tamer extreme. I have used the branick twice and found it ok to use, but it appeared that the spring could pop out if you had any issues. The strut tamer has clamps on the spring holder so that it can't let the coil loose until you release a threaded nut. My main question over the two is, on the branick we compressed the spring, changed the strut and released the tension of the spring. A comment on the strut tamer was you could not do that in one step, I did not understand why not, but I know some of you have used the machines in question. Also in that price range should I be looking at anything else?
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UPDATE: Hey guys I bought these from HF:

http://www.harborfreight.com/macpher...-set-3980.html

They worked like a champ. I think I was paying too much attention to those who said that it was such a "dangerous job". What a load of crap. it was the biggest non-event in all my years of working on cars. Very simple and easy. Thanks.
I have a set of those, a little better than HF, and have used them many times and they do work. BUT, it is a dangerous job and to say "what a load of crap" can get you into trouble. If you don't realise the extreme force behind those compressed springs then there is a problem. Those sticks do work, but please keep in mind that no matter what you are using compressing a spring is a dangerous job and not something to laugh at. The one big issue I have seen with those clamps is they "slide" down the spring and if they go to far it can lead to big problems.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:54 PM   #34
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...The one big issue I have seen with those clamps is they "slide" down the spring and if they go to far it can lead to big problems.
I used to have that trouble with my Probe until I realized that I could put the upper hooks on the upper spring seat, instead of on the spring itself; no tendancy to slide that way. Made for a much more relaxed job.
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I have this set from Canadian Tire. Never let me down, and a neat locking feature for safety and piece of mind. Easy and comfortable to use. $75.00 CDN
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:42 PM   #37
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I've done shocks/struts on 4 different BMWs (two more when you include the loans to friends) with one of these:

http://www.lislecorp.com/divisions/p...s/?product=374

With the U-Bolts that hold the spring, it has a very high safety/price ratio.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:21 PM   #38
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I bought one of these for about $70 Seems to work great, good design seems strong enough. I don't really see any quality issues. I have used it for about 8 struts so far.

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There is an element of "danger" to just about everything we do to our cars. I just don't know why guys INSIST on making strut springs into a DANGEROUS job.

Have you heard of anyone getting killed installing a strut spring? I haven't. I have heard of several people who were working under their car and got killed. Just saying.
You need to understand that the job itself isn't inherently dangerous, but you are working with a large amount of stored energy. The amount of force in a compressed spring is quite a lot, and if it gives way, bad things happen.

Strut work is one of those jobs where you take your time.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:53 PM   #40
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I was going to do the springs myself until I talked with my brother-in-law who is a tech. I told him about this thread and his response in an email was "Springs carry 1000 lbs of pressure when compressed ....can maim or kill." After that I decided on some quick struts!
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