Hozan makes a nice one which is pretty much a clone of the VAR, in fact I think the jaws might be interchangeable. Not cheap at $95 (at Bike Tools, Etc.), but less than VAR at $145 or Campy at $200. I have both a VAR and a Hozan, and both work great.
Jerry Moos Houston, TX
John Thompson <JohnThompson@new.rr.com> wrote:
Forbes Bagatelle-Black wrote:
> I'm not looking for a flat wrench with the appropriate
> cut out. I'm looking for a large, solid tool that
> locks onto the (old-school) fixed cup from one side
> and threads in from the other, with handles so you can
> really yar on the thing.
> Campy and VAR make nice ones. I saw a nice-looking
> one from an Italian manufacturer on eBay, but I got
> outbid at the last moment.
I don't know of any potentially low cost sources other than eBay, but if you get a choice, I'd recommend the VAR. The Campy is nice, but it only fits Campy-type cups, whereas the VAR can take different jaws to work with a wide variety of cups.
-John Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Appleton WI USA