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Help finding a valve spring compressor?

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Hey guys,

Started to take apart my 10hp tecumseh today, there was a valve stuck, looked down into it, looks like there is metal shards stuck in there. Can anyone recommend a valve spring compressor within driving distance of me? Stores around me (within 40 mins) are sears, autozone, VIP auto, advance auto, walmart, home depot , lowes, etc. Any advice appreciated.

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pretty much any auto parts store will have them. autozone even has a "free" loan a tool program, you pay a deposit to borrow the tool, then when you return it they give you your money back. i'm not sure if they do it when you are not buying parts, i've never tried it.
Are you against ordering one from on-line?
just impatient, want it tomorrow
Are you against ordering one from on-line?
I picked mine up at Princess Auto, the Canadian equivalent of Harbour Freight....
I bought a "real" one,but I use my home brewed one more often!..the "real" one is a "C" clamp type that requires you to remove the home made one doesn't...

I made it from a large strap hinge,I just cut slots in each end of it and used a bolt and wingnut to tighten it against the springs...had to bend the straps to the right shape to fit the can buy a hinge at Home Depot for 5 bucks and make it in about 10 minutes...why waste money on one?...most auto parts stores wont stock small engine tools ,but can get them the next day,and it will probably cost 20 bucks or so...
So t-h, yours sounds intriguing... But I just can't picture in my head how it works... You insert it against both ends of the spring through the opening from the crankcase breather? Got any pics? And when would you not have to remove the head if you're messing with the valves? Is that for JUST spring replacement? Or if the keeper fails?
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