Typically used to extract gears and bearings off a tight column, the jaw grip puller is a tool that is constantly exposed to high tensile stresses. So when investing in a new jaw grip puller, it is only right to invest in one that is made of the best materials to handle these stresses effectively. Many jaw grip puller manufacturers claim their products have such properties, but one that certainly caught our eye was that of Actron.
Actron is best known for its well-made multitesters and other diagnostic tools, so we were quite surprised that it also made jaw grip pullers among other repair tools. We acquired a set of Actron's pullers and put it under a battery of tests to determine whether it offers the same quality and reliability we've come to expect from the company's products.
- Available in 1- to 13-ton capacities
- Jaw comes in various thicknesses and widths
- Made of heat-treated steel
- Limited manufacturer warranty
- Solid construction. The pullers look and feel tough straight out of their packaging. We tried a pair that had a 1-ton capacity rating by using it to lift a 1-ton weight and the pullers held on well. We even added a couple more pounds and, despite carrying a load that's beyond their registered limit, the pullers stayed rigid and didn't show any signs of stress.
- Reasonable price. We saw Actron jaw grip pullers being advertised on the web with price tags ranging from $10 to $200, with the latter usually for the bigger models with higher weight capacities. Although there are cheaper jaw grip pullers in the market, the quality and craftsmanship of Actron's pullers certainly make up for the price.
- The threads tend to get damaged easily. After a couple of tests, the threads of the pullers already show signs of scratches and dings. Though they are not that significant, we do find them concerning especially since the rest of the puller's components are well-built.
- Limited warranty. We find Actron's limited warranty for its pullers and other repair tools in general to be a bit lacking in coverage.
The bottom line:
Though it has minor faults, the Actron jaw grip puller is well built enough to live up to Actron's standards. Though it is certainly a bit pricier than other pullers offered in stores today, the quality and workmanship of Acton's puller are certainly worth the extra cost.