Cool Tools: Unique tool designs
After experiencing the frustration of not being able to use a socket set to tighten nuts on extra-long bolts, attempting to remove a pulley with a two-armed puller, or trying to remove wheel locks or damaged lug nuts, you will appreciate the innovations extended in this recent offering of tools that just hit the marketplace.
Pass-Thru socket set
The hole in this ratchet wrench reveals that Crescent’s Pass-Thru Ratchet and Socket system has the unique ability to work on bolts or rods of any length. The sockets snap into a socket-like retainer in the ratchet. Eliminating the traditional square drive on the ratchet also provides for the shortest stack-height of any tool on the market.
The other advantage of the CX6PT20 set is that the sockets grip six different types of fasteners, including hex, square, 12-point, external Torx, spline, and even partially rounded hex heads. The 20-piece set includes popular SAE and metric-size sockets for a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information, go to apexhandtools.com/crescent.
German precision in a three-arm puller
If you’ve had to manhandle a pulley or steering wheel removal alone, you will testify that three arms are better than two. The German-built Kukko 3 Arm Puller not only offers a third arm but also employs ArmLock technology, which guarantees maximum stability of the sliding arms and their hooks during use.
The geometry of the puller’s crossbar and sliding parts has been rounded to ensure easy movement of the extractor hooks along the crossbar, yet simultaneously offering a rock-solid hold once positioned on the bolts. The suggested list price for the Kukko 3 Arm Puller is $270.80. For more, visit angloamericantools.com.
The 32 teeth that comprise Hazet’s Reversible Ratchet mechanism provide quick ratcheting work with short swings of the tool’s handle. The HZ863S also features a socket locking device and quick-release button. The ½-inch-drive version of the HZ916SP retails for $134.00. For more, visit angloamericantools.com.
Space to turn around
The internal tapered reverse threads on Ken-Tool’s 4-Piece Lug Nut Remover Impact Socket Set lock onto damaged nuts to remove them. It is offered with a limited lifetime warranty and retails for $59.95. The set includes 3∕4-, 13∕16-, 1-, and 11∕8-inch sockets all with a 1∕2-inch drive. To learn more, visit kentool.com.
These recent introductions are sure to make your life easier.