Originally Posted by k-star
I have used that tool 50 or 60 times...to remove springs while the heads are still on the engine. I personally like it.
One problem with the stud mount/handle style is that in a standard car you run into all typs of things in your way, brake booster,etc.
If you buy that tool, for-go the recommended air hold to keep the valves in place. What i do is remove all the spark plugs. So the engine is easy to turn over by hand. Stick a piece of rope into the plug hole and slowley turn the engine over (by hand, not with the starter) untill the rope is compressed in the cylinder. (make sure your on the cycle where both valves are on the seats) then you can remove the retainers/ keepers/ springs with out the valves falling down, andas a bonus you have a soft cushin when you need to tap the top of the tool to break the keepers loose.
that's what I was thinking about the Summit type tool. May not fit on all springs - some situation may be tight. I've got a big block under my hood and not that much room. I may need both tools but want to buy only 1. I may just use it once in my lifetime. Seems like that other type will fit every spring regardless of space - but seems a bit more difficult and time consuming to use.