Written by Wally Wallace Monday, 10 September 2012 13:50
Masterlinks and more specifically, SRAM Power Links, have always been very hard for me to remove by hand. I've seen other mechanics in the shop do this and make it look very easy but for some reason I have never been able to consistently separate the Power Links. For this reason the Park Tool MLP-1 has become one of my favorite tools. The MLP-1 (Master Link Pliers) makes removing SRAM Power Links a snap.
The Park MLP-1 features vinyl coated handles that offer comfort and grip. Like all Park tools the MLP-1 is built to last, even under the rigors of heavy shop use. The heavy duty steel pliers / jaws should last a lifetime of removing master-links. I have been using this tool for some time now and have had no problem removing BMX and kids bike master-links (1-1/8" chain) as well as 8 and 9-speed SRAM PowerLinks. SRAM 10-speed PowerLocks that are deemed "permanent" by SRAM are also easily separated by the MLP-1.
*We should note that while the SRAM 10-speed PowerLocks are not permanent, SRAM does not recommend re-using them and a new link should be installed after it is removed.
The MLP-1 has quickly become one of my favorite tools and has earned a "permanent" spot on the pegboard. With most current chain manufacturers using a version of a Master-Link (save for Shimano who still insists on using "chain pins" that I always loose...) the Park MLP-1 will be a relevant tool for many years to come. At a price of only $14.49 it is well worth it to save on the frustration of a stubborn master-link.
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