The 10 Best Strut Compressors

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This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in February of 2016. If you do a lot of work on your own vehicles or have a professional auto shop, then one of these strut spring compressors will be an essential addition to your equipment. They're great for pulling balancers and allow for easier repairs on bent struts, strut tubes, and other damaged pieces. Always follow the manufacturer's directions, though, as improper use can be dangerous. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best strut compressor on Amazon.

10. 8milelake SZ6915

9. Powerbuilt 648627

8. Shankly B1025

7. BestEquip Three-Ton

6. OTC Tools 6637 Strut Tamer II Extreme

5. OTC 6494 Clamshell

4. ABN 9210

3. Jacktech SK-3000

2. OEMTools 25550

1. Branick 7600

Special Honors

QSP DB-8000-XL A fully air-powered model, this unit doesn't require you to exert any force whatsoever. Simply set the spring coil in place using the four adjustable and interchangeable clamps, flip the safety switch on, and depress the foot pedal. In a matter of seconds your strut will be compressed and ready to place in a vehicle. It is rather expensive, but for busy automotive shops, the benefits will far outweigh the costs.

Editor's Notes

May 14, 2019:

Without the proper equipment, installing or removing struts is practically impossible, not to mention extremely dangerous. Even when using one of these purpose made tools it is important to follow the manufacturer's directions and never exceed the rated capacity, as doing so can result in injury. If you have an automotive shop, the wall-mountable Branick 7600 and OTC Tools 6637 Strut Tamer II Extreme, or floor-mountable Jacktech SK-3000 are your best options. They can all handle light- and heavy-duty spring coils, so you won't have an issue whether your next client pulls up in a Prius or Ram 2500. Of course, these industrial-quality models are pricey, so the home mechanic may want to look at some of the more affordable options. Despite each unit being capable of producing over 6,000 pounds of crushing force, the hydraulic-assisted BestEquip Three-Ton is one such option. Costing just a little over $100, it is an exceptional value and allows even the casual user to compress springs and struts with relative ease. All though slightly more expensive, the OTC 6494 Clamshell also allows you to let something else do the heavy lifting, in this case your impact wrench. If installing struts is a once-every-few-years activity for you, you can get by with one of the manually-cranked options, like the OEMTools 25550, ABN 9210, Shankly B1025, Powerbuilt 648627, and 8milelake SZ6915. These are generally very affordable and small enough for convenient storage.

Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on May 16, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

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