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Old 04-03-2013, 11:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Good strap wrenches?

Does anyone have a recommendation on good, small strap wrenches. I picked up a few Air America regs and a couple needed new seals. I used Craftsman strap wrenches to split them apart with no problem, but the rubber strap damn near fell apart putting the first reg back together. They were brand new and proved to be garbage. Any help would be great. Thanks.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wish I could tell you but I had the same issue with a Craftsman pair too. The larger red one held up but Tue smaller blue one tore apart exposing the embedded cable. I'm curious if anyone has found a brand that is better?
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The Kobalt ones at Lowe's aren't completely terrible. Get two of them for $15 or so. My experience is that the larger one is decent, the smaller one just okay but feels flimsy.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My understanding is that the straps fail no matter the brand.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yep I have a set of the Lowes and they tear where the pin goes through. I ended up cutting the end off, wrapping about an inch over the pin and secured it with zip ties. So far so good.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I cut apart an automotive serpentine belt, and use that with a pair of crescent wrenches. Works better than a strap wrench, which never grabs.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I bought the pair of Kobalt ones from Lowe's. Don't care for them at all.

PlawB, pics of your setup? May have to give that a go.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The craftsman one isn't anything special. But with craftsmans warranty you should be able to get a replace strap at no charge.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:07 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Using a serpentine belt is a great idea. I have a couple laying around and a couple vise grips to keep the ends tight. Im going to have to try that tomorrow.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:23 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I bought the kobalt set sold at lowes. I like that the strap is made of rubber (the rigid one I have at work is cloth and SUCKS), but I did take some 80 grit sand paper to it because it was rather smooth when I got it. I don't know what happened to my little one. For taking apart most regulators, I find that I use the rubber strap wrapped around the part while doing the gripping with a pair of channels locks.
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