When it comes to mechanical work, there are times when parts can become stuck or need to be removed with precision. This is where pullers and pulling tools come in handy. Pullers remove stuck or difficult parts while pulling tools guide or position parts during assembly. In this article, we’ll look at some of the most common pullers and pulling tools and how they can make your mechanical work easier.
Types of Pullers
Two Jaw Pullers
Two jaw pullers are designed on parts with two holes or mounting points, such as pulleys or gears. The puller has two arms that fit into the holes and a central bolt that is turned to apply pressure and pull the part off.
Three Jaw Pullers
Three jaw pullers are similar to two but have three arms instead of two. This makes them more versatile, as they can be used on parts with three or more holes, such as flywheels or steering wheels.
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Gear pullers are used specifically for removing gears. They have a central bolt threaded into the gear and arms that fit behind the gear to apply pressure and pull it off.
Pilot Bearing Pullers
Pilot bearing pullers are designed for removing pilot bearings from crankshafts or other shafts. They have a collet that fits around the bearing and a tightened central bolt to apply pressure and pull the bearing off.
Harmonic Balancer Pullers
Harmonic balancer pullers are used to remove harmonic balancers from crankshafts. They have arms that fit behind the balancer and a tight central bolt to apply pressure and pull the balancer off.
Slide Hammer Pullers
Slide hammer pullers are versatile tools that can be used on various parts. They consist of a sliding weight that is attached to a central shaft. The weight is slid along the shaft to apply force and pull the part off.
Types of Pulling Tools
Bearing splitters are used to remove bearings from shafts. They consist of two halves placed around the bearing and a central bolt tightened to split the halves apart and remove the bearing.
Seal pullers are used to remove seals from housings or shafts. They consist of a hook or blade inserted behind the seal and a handle used to pull the seal out.
Slide Hammer Kits
Slide hammer kits are similar to slide hammer pullers but come with various attachments that can be used on different parts. These attachments include hooks, adapters, and pullers.
Dent pullers are used to remove dents from body panels or other parts. They consist of a suction cup or hook attached to a handle or slide hammer. The cup or hook is attached to the dent and pulled out to remove the dent.
Panel pullers remove body panels or trim pieces without damaging them. They consist of a flat bar inserted behind the panel or trim piece and a handle used to apply pressure and pull the panel or trim piece off.
Pullers and pulling tools can make mechanical work easier by allowing you to remove or position parts precisely. Understanding the different types of pullers and pulling tools and how to use them can help you complete your mechanical work efficiently and safely.