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Spinner Tool

PostPost by: rjaxe » Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:05 pm

Having just spent enough time and money refurbishing the steel wheels on my +2 I decided to manufacture a spinner tool to avoid the risk of ruining them and the pristine refurbished spinners supplied by Sue Miller. I wanted to ensure that the tool positively engages with the spinner ears and did not fall off whilst manipulating the breaker bar or torque wrench. So attached is a photo of the finished article I made using an aluminium backing plate, three machined Acetal blocks and a steel centre boss to suit the wrench drive. The spinner ears locate securely into the recesses in the blocks and are protected against damage by ensuring they only touch either the Acetal plastic or the rubber pad stuck inside the backing plate centre.
Fitted all four new spinners with no problem, without damaging them or the newly painted wheels. I will see how well it survives in regular use as the loading on the plastic is quite high (200+ lbs ft tightening torque).
Not claiming anything startling in this, others have made more elegant tools but satisfying none the less not to have to continue beating the hell out of the spinners.
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Spinner Tool 001.JPG and
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:28 pm

Nice :wink:
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:12 pm

Great piece of kit :)
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:42 pm

You will now be inundated with requests for replicas........
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PostPost by: peterexpart » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:18 am

Well I know I would like to buy one please !!
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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:55 am

coincidentally, I am working on a similar tool - [prototype] which will hopefully do the same job, but be 'cheap as chips'!!
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PostPost by: jabingb » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:45 pm

Well done!

As I work in a machine shop and just yesterday acquired a '67 FHC with knock-ons, I wonder if you wouldn't mind sharing the drawing file and perhaps the G code for the Acetal pieces to produce a set of these for myself. It just so happens that we have a couple chunks of Acetal at the shop that were left over from a customer job a few months ago that I could make use of.
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PostPost by: rjaxe » Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:01 pm

PM sent to you Jerry.
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:18 pm

Does anyone know what happened to a similar product called spin it off?

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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:31 am

RichardHawkins wrote:Does anyone know what happened to a similar product called spin it off?

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don't think they are around anymore....
there have been a couple on ebay recently ...made £150+...
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PostPost by: gordont » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:09 am

I bought the Sarto spinner tool for my Alloy 26r style spinners and very happy with the result, highly recommended.
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PostPost by: gordont » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:09 am

I bought the Sarto spinner tool for my Alloy 26r style spinners and very happy with the result, highly recommended.
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PostPost by: l10tus » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:29 pm

There's been a solid Aluminium machined one on Fleabay recently.

Although the one pictured is specially machined for the + 2 Knock-on nuts, he will make you one for the 3 Eared spinners as well - I bought one and it does the job really well.

Cost was £40. Excellent value.

(No association with the manufacturer, etc)

He specialises in Jag repro parts I believe.

If anybody needs details, let me know.

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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:36 am

Phil.....now you tell me......... after I've spent some time making one :lol: !!!

not finished yet, so yes please can you send me details?
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PostPost by: gordont » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:00 am

The ebay one went for over £100.....
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