A good chain breaker (sometimes known as a chain splitter or simply a chain tool) is an essential part of any home mechanic’s toolkit , enabling you to split old chains, shorten new ones and join those that use a pin rather than a quick-link.
You may already have a chain tool on your multi-tool , but these are often small and lacking in leverage, meaning they’re best kept for emergency use only.
A proper workshop-quality unit will split or join hundreds or thousands of chains in its lifetime, and the better ones have a replaceable driving pin, so you don’t have to bin it when it inevitably gets bent.
We tested six chain breakers to find out which tools deserve your hard-earned cash. Best workshop chain tools for 2022 according to our expert testers
The following chain tools scored four or more stars out of five in our test: Birzman Damselfly Universal Chain Tool : £40 / $24
Topeak All Speeds Chain Tool : £28 / AU$50
Lezyne Classic Chain Breaker : £45 / $50 / AU$75 Pedro’s Apprentice Chain Tool : £55 / $72 / AU$110 Park Tool CT-3.2 Chain Tool : £35 / AU$72 Birzman Damselfly Universal Chain Tool £42.99 / €46.72 / $48.77 / AU$70.03 The Birzman Damselfly Universal Chain Tool has an attractive, modern aesthetic. The build quality feels great too. It’s nice and easy to use, owing to the long handle’s leverage.The deep, spring-loaded cradle holds chains securely.All speed chains are accepted and a spare driving […]