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Lock-On Tool Grips Any Size Filter, Shaft
"I'm a road maintenance supervisor and my partner, Clair Teeter, is a farmer, so we operate and maintain many different types of heavy equipment. We were both tired of using filter wrenches that didn't work well or were awkward to use. We decided to come up with something bet-ter," says Johnny Erickson, who formed a company to market the "Lock-On Tool" that the two men designed.
"After months of trial and error, we came up with a tool that's like nothing else on the market. This one tool replaces over $120 worth of different filter wrenches because it fits all sizes. What's more, it's the only tool we know of that will grip a polished steel shaft - such as the ram on a hydraulic cylinder - without scratching or damaging it in any way. It's already being used in a number of tractor and truck shops and everyone who tries it says they've never seen anything like it," says Erickson.
The Lock-On Tool consists of a seat belt-type webbed strap and a tightening bracket that's designed to fit a half-inch ratchet. One end of the strap is attached permanently to the tightening bracket. The other end wraps around the filter or shaft and is inserted into the bracket and pulled up snug by hand. Then you just insert a ratchet and crank on it.
"It fits anything from 1 to 7 in. dia. What mechanics really like about it is that you can use it in even the tightest places because you can put an extention on the socket wrench and reach the tool from be-low or above the filter. It also works well on plastic pipe, conduit, turning crank-shafts, alternators, and anything else that needs to be turned or twisted. Works on square or round objects."
Sells for $25 (plus $3 S&H).
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lock-On Tool, P.O. Box 155, Almo, Idaho 83312 (ph 208 638-5522 or 208 824-5534).

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1995 - Volume #19, Issue #3