Compressing piston rings


Old 09-16-16, 03:09 PM
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Compressing piston rings

Hi All,looking for the best way to compress rings for a chainsaw engine.
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Old 09-16-16, 03:17 PM
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Not being a smarty, but try a ring compressor.
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Yea, I always have used a ring compressor. It's a relatively inexpensive tool.
Old 09-16-16, 04:20 PM
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In a pinch I have gotten by using a hose clamp.
Old 09-16-16, 05:14 PM
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This is a one time operation so I may give the hose clamp a shot first.
Old 09-17-16, 03:40 AM
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The old MacGyver tool is a soup can with ends cut out and slit up the side plus the hose clamp.
Old 09-24-16, 11:14 AM
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Over the years, I have installed hundreds of small two stroke piston in chainsaws, blowers and other.
I have never used a ring compressor.
I install--CAREFULLY-- with fingers and occasionally add the aid of a popsicle stick.
I had a friend break a piston ring trying to use a worm clamp and finally used a wide plastic cable tie after purchasing another set of rings.
There are many special ring compressors available as a set.

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