1996 - Volume #20, Issue #2, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Hydraulic Hand Tools
So far, Gallentine has incorporated his new design into three tools - a large (38-in. long) vise grip-type tool, a small (8-in. long) vise grip, and a 12-in. long cable cutter. The basic design behind the tools could be used in many other tools as well, he notes.
"They work like a hand-cranked bottle jack only a lot faster because they feature a two-stage hydraulic pump instead of a single stage pump," Gallentine explains. "There's a pressurized reservoir inside each tool so they can be used in any position without affecting operation of the ram. A trigger activates jaw return or blade adjustment. They're entirely modular so repairs, if needed, are easy."
The tools are capable of exerting tremendous pressure with little hand strain, he notes. Up to 4,000 psi's for the large vise and up to 2,500 psi's for the small vise and cable cutter.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill Gallentine, 615 Country Club Road, Hood River, Ore. 97031 (ph 503 386-5907).
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