Tweeted twitter.com/StackMechanics/status/778119934220132357
3 edited tags
| link
2 added 76 characters in body
source | link

I recently ordered this tool kit at an extremely reduced price.

enter image description here

While I am confident about the general quality of those tools I am quite reserved about the spring tensioner included in the kit. In other forums people advise strongly against such types of compressors and urge people to either get a professional compressor or let an specialist do the job. This brings me to my question:

Are those two-part spring compressors in generally reasonably safe to operate? While I understand that with enough carelessness / bad luck everyone is able to hurt himself I see a above average risk in these type of compressors slipping away the spring. Should I be happy about the rest of the kit, throw away the tensioner and bring the car to a professional should ever the spring needs to get removed OR can I use this tool, given enough precaution?

Background information: The intended use would be some vehicles in the 1000-1500 kg class. Front suspension are always McPherson-type struts. Rear suspension would be twist-beam type with separate dampers and springs. I aim to repair (as far as possible) everything car-related on myself, however I am not willing to unreasonably risk my safety/health.

Edit: Some recommendations on needed precautions would be highly welcome

I recently ordered this tool kit at an extremely reduced price.

enter image description here

While I am confident about the general quality of those tools I am quite reserved about the spring tensioner included in the kit. In other forums people advise strongly against such types of compressors and urge people to either get a professional compressor or let an specialist do the job. This brings me to my question:

Are those two-part spring compressors in generally reasonably safe to operate? While I understand that with enough carelessness / bad luck everyone is able to hurt himself I see a above average risk in these type of compressors slipping away the spring. Should I be happy about the rest of the kit, throw away the tensioner and bring the car to a professional should ever the spring needs to get removed OR can I use this tool, given enough precaution?

Background information: The intended use would be some vehicles in the 1000-1500 kg class. Front suspension are always McPherson-type struts. Rear suspension would be twist-beam type with separate dampers and springs. I aim to repair (as far as possible) everything car-related on myself, however I am not willing to unreasonably risk my safety/health.

I recently ordered this tool kit at an extremely reduced price.

enter image description here

While I am confident about the general quality of those tools I am quite reserved about the spring tensioner included in the kit. In other forums people advise strongly against such types of compressors and urge people to either get a professional compressor or let an specialist do the job. This brings me to my question:

Are those two-part spring compressors in generally reasonably safe to operate? While I understand that with enough carelessness / bad luck everyone is able to hurt himself I see a above average risk in these type of compressors slipping away the spring. Should I be happy about the rest of the kit, throw away the tensioner and bring the car to a professional should ever the spring needs to get removed OR can I use this tool, given enough precaution?

Background information: The intended use would be some vehicles in the 1000-1500 kg class. Front suspension are always McPherson-type struts. Rear suspension would be twist-beam type with separate dampers and springs. I aim to repair (as far as possible) everything car-related on myself, however I am not willing to unreasonably risk my safety/health.

Edit: Some recommendations on needed precautions would be highly welcome

1
source | link

Spring tensioner safety

I recently ordered this tool kit at an extremely reduced price.

enter image description here

While I am confident about the general quality of those tools I am quite reserved about the spring tensioner included in the kit. In other forums people advise strongly against such types of compressors and urge people to either get a professional compressor or let an specialist do the job. This brings me to my question:

Are those two-part spring compressors in generally reasonably safe to operate? While I understand that with enough carelessness / bad luck everyone is able to hurt himself I see a above average risk in these type of compressors slipping away the spring. Should I be happy about the rest of the kit, throw away the tensioner and bring the car to a professional should ever the spring needs to get removed OR can I use this tool, given enough precaution?

Background information: The intended use would be some vehicles in the 1000-1500 kg class. Front suspension are always McPherson-type struts. Rear suspension would be twist-beam type with separate dampers and springs. I aim to repair (as far as possible) everything car-related on myself, however I am not willing to unreasonably risk my safety/health.