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Happiness is Tools

Posted by Sherry Gee on Mar 8th 2019

Q:  What is the downside to buying used woodworking tools?

Q: What is the downside to buying used woodworking tools?

Posted by Doug Gillis on Dec 16th 2018

The biggest downside to buying any type of used woodworking tools is the condition and not knowing exactly what the condition of the tool is in.  Has the tool been abused or damaged in a way that you won't know until you start using it?   For example, saw blade teeth might be worn down and that is not the only downside to worn out parts, because bearings, bushings, shafts - these ar … read more
Q:  Is the Differential Pinion Shaft Lock Bolt Extractor Kit ST1440 designed to remove the differential center pin bolt that can be found in a Ford 8.8 with the small head little threads long pin?

Q: Is the Differential Pinion Shaft Lock Bolt Extractor Kit ST1440 designed to remove the differential center pin bolt that can be found in a Ford 8.8 with the small head little threads long pin?

Posted by Sherry Gillis on Dec 14th 2018

A:  It should. All of these open carrier differentials are very similar and this kit has worked quite well for many of the customers we have dealt with that have the Ford 8.8 with the small engine head.  You can remove the pin from a 01 F150 8.8 open differential. Just go slow, because the bit is long and can break easily - although the bits on the new Deluxe ST1440 Differ … read more
Q:  Can you extract the broken differential pinion shaft lock bolt without taking off the rear end?

Q: Can you extract the broken differential pinion shaft lock bolt without taking off the rear end?

Posted by Sherry Gillis on Dec 5th 2018

Yes.  In order to extract the broken differential pinion shaft lock bolt you don't need to take off the rear end.  What once took hours of time and frustration to repair is done in about five to ten minutes with a specialty tool kit we carry on our website, the Differential Pinion Shaft Lock Bolt Extractor Deluxe Kit. We just spoke to a mechanic yesterday in our tool store and he wa … read more
Q:  Is there a way to cut radiator hose safely?

Q: Is there a way to cut radiator hose safely?

Posted by Sherry Gillis on Dec 4th 2018

A:  Yes, but a lot of people don't understand how dangerous it can be to cut radiator hose with a regular knife, so they don't look into an alternative method. We found out why when one of the largest truck stop chains in the US contacted us to purchase HUNDREDS of our radiator hose cutter sets.  One of their employees, who was running a service truck and repairing big rigs out on t … read more