CLARKE BRAKE & CLUTCH BLEEDING KIT CHT 857
The CHT857 is a fairly recent addition to the Clarke Tools portfolio and seeks to address various shortfalls of its competitors. Its pressure gauge, mounted alongside the pump, is angled upwards for easy reference, leaving the wide aperture pointing vertically for easy top-ups. The pressure release valve is operated via a knurled knob, rather than a spring-mounted valve, making it easier to control. The side handle is larger than that of the Draper, too, and the moulding includes a provision for the unit to be hung, despite a hook not being provided. The fluid pick-up hose sits within its own small well at the bottom of the reservoir, ensuring minimal waste of new brake fluid. Usefully, the semi-translucent container incorprates a calibrated scale.
Clarke also sells a universal cap adapter for non-conventional master cylinder sizes. Combined with a very competitive price, the CHT857 is a brilliant tool that we expected to storm to victory. However, like the Draper, not only did the