2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Simple Invention Turned Into 80,000 Sales
One evening Fedele went home and started thinking there had to be a better way. “I had a couple pieces of 1/2 by 1-in. scrap metal in my shop and I used a hacksaw to cut a piece about 4 in. long, sharpened one edge and bent it slightly so it would hook behind the seal.” Fedele then welded a metal bar perpendicular to the hook for a handle. He tried the puller on a few seals the next day and it worked exactly as he thought it would.
Fedele’s invention was so simple and effective that he had the idea patented in 1995. In 2 years he made more than 1,500 in his shop and sold them himself. “I had a band saw set up with jigs to cut the parts, and I bought the handles 100 at time,” Fedele says.
Fedele eventually sold the manufacturing rights to a company that’s now owned by SKF Tools. “They still make the tool nearly 20 years later the same way I designed it,” says Fedele. “The tool works on most tractor, truck, dolly or trailer wheel seals. I guess the idea was a good one, because about 80,000 have been sold over the years.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Carman Fedele, Sr., 1 Main Street, Tidioute, Penn. 16351 (ph 814 730-9377).
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