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#1 tommyhnavix OFFLINE  

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 04:50 PM

Making and repairing tools with pins

Its really not that hard to make your own tools like this though. A great relativly cheap source for hardened pin for making tools are roller chain connector links. They work great, aren't hard to find and come in many different sizes. A dremel or air tool with an abrasive blade will cut them right off. I have repaired a lot of tools purchased at flea markets with these pins also. Drilling the hole in a new tool can be a little tricky though. As simple as putting paper over the holes and rubbing with a pencil. Put paper over metal piece for tool, center punch and drill. Or a use vector angle algebra location algorythm. Or put tool metal under a clutch clamp and drill all the way through. Probaly a good idea to use and old bad clutch though.
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Posted February 25, 2012 - 05:17 PM

Last time I had a pin break in a pair of vise grips, I used a broken Allen wrench. Heated and formed till it worked right and smooth.

Do you have a picture of your process you could share?

Oh, and :welcome: to GTTalk!

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 07:07 PM

Usally people intoduce themselfs with a GT but this is a new one, Welcome to GT Talk, thanks for the idear, i'll have to remember that.

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 07:33 PM

Welcome Tom, that sounds like a useful tip. Glad you are here.

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Posted February 25, 2012 - 07:50 PM

:wave: tommyhnavix Welcome to GTTalk Tom. Glad to have you here. Do you have any GT's?

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Posted February 26, 2012 - 08:33 AM

Tom,welcome to the forum.Glad to have you with us.

Good tip,thanks.

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Posted February 26, 2012 - 11:18 AM

Tom, First of Welcome to GTtalk, glad you joined us. I build a lot of tools and tooling to do different jobs. I enjoy repairing tools that are broken, mostly because I don't want to have to replace it with new. I like your idea of using rooler chain pins to repair hardened pins. thanks for the post.