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DIY Shaft Extractor Finished

Discussion in 'Golf Equipment Talk' started by David Hillman, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. David Hillman

    David Hillman Well-Known Member

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    After shopping for an extractor for a while, and finding the prices mostly outrageous, I decided to build my own. I saw this thread and started to build one. I bought the vise, and cut the aluminum sections... but then I looked hard at the design, and changed my mind. In particular, I didn't like the looks of that bent metal strip pinching the shaft. I guess it works, but it didn't look right to me.

    Then I noticed that the Wolfcraft vise came with an auxiliary clamp... and that it'd be perfect for holding a shaft. I just needed to build something to hold it in the right spot.

    Voila!

    aplanet_torque.com_golf_extractor13.

    It wound up being easier than I thought. The base started life as a 6x2x12" aluminum box channel ( $13.81 from McMaster-Carr, p/n 88935K721, http://planet-torque.com/golf/extractor3.jpg ) and that was the only piece I purchased, other than the vise.

    I cut it about in half, which left me with a base for the shaft clamp, and for the vise.

    aplanet_torque.com_golf_extractor4.

    After that, it was a simple matter of drilling a bunch of holes and scouring the garage for suitable nuts and bolts. Once the two pieces were mounted, I cut one-third off the scrap from the first cut, and made a shaft collar out of it. That C-shaped piece bolts directly to the movable jaw of the vise.

    aplanet_torque.com_golf_extractor14.

    That's about it.

    aplanet_torque.com_golf_extractor16.

    If anyone else is thinking about building one, I'd advise against using this vise. The safety release effectively prevents using it for the intended purpose. I'm going to have to figure out a better way to disable that; hopefully I'll be able to weld it 'open'. I can provide more details if someone would like to copy this, but I was designing as I went, and not measuring much ;)

    Also, if someone is looking to build the shaft puller in the thread I linked above, I have the aluminum bits and don't need them. All you need to do is buy your vise, and drill some holes. In fact, I have enough raw material for another couple sets, since I bought it for a different project that never happened. $10 shipped.
     
  2. MIKE1218

    MIKE1218 Top Bloke

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    Your garage tinkerer skills are impressive dude. Well done I'd say.
     
  3. slickpitt

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    Very nice indeed! Good job!
     
  4. spartyon8

    spartyon8 Cubbie Fever

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    Hey, that's my extractor!!!! Good job. I did find out some build issues after removing about 5 club heads. After a while. The c-clip that holds the screw shafts weakens and pops rendering the vise useless unless you put a new one in. The saftey feature does suck and was something I did look at before the build. My clamping system has started to fail so I will be keeping yours in mind.
     
  5. MIKE1218

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    Man, that's just too cool. I'm going to have to go to Harbor Freight tomorrow to scope out a vice. I don't have any scrap metal for the base though.
     
  6. David Hillman

    David Hillman Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. Mike, I consider that a very high compliment. I will have to tell my buddy next time he's mocking my racecar fabrication skills.

    I just went back out to the garage, and used it for the first time. I'm very happy to say that I fixed the problem with the safety release on the vise, but the solution is ugly. I found a pack of 20 1/16" motor mount shims, and after widening the U in the middle slightly, I was able to wedge a stack of three between the red button and the body of the vise. This defeats the safety, but looks like hell. More thought needed here, but this'll work for now.

    Also I learned that if you turn the rubber shaft clamp upside down, it works much better. Otherwise, the shaft wants to walk up.

    The only other problem is that I just popped the head off a club I had no desire to take apart... just to play with my new toy ;)
     
  7. David Hillman

    David Hillman Well-Known Member

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    I have $200 in HF gift cards from Christmas... but I'd already bought this vise. I should've returned it and picked up this one, instead.

    Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices

    Appears to be a little smaller, but it looks like you can unbolt the jaws. As far as metal goes, for mine, you only need to buy that one $14 piece from McMaster-Carr. You may optionally want to brace it with a section of angle along the bottom-side, though. I found, while testing my safety-disabler that I could bend the base-plate by cranking on the vise. I think the head would likely pop off before that ( I wasn't using a club to test ) but it's a simple addition. I cut a 12" piece of angle, and bolted it on using the same bolts which hold the vise.

    Using angle is key, because it's almost impossible to bend. That's why the shaft collar is a C, I was afraid that'd bend.
     
  8. MIKE1218

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    What was the total with shipping from McMaster?
     
  9. David Hillman

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    $19.91, $13.81 for the piece, $1.10 sales tax, $5 shipping and handling. If that's not up your alley, you could go with my first thought... which was a 2x6". There's no reason that wouldn't work, although you're going to have to engineer in some strength if you cut the base down to 1/8" like the metal is.

    I took pictures of the workarounds from my previous post...

    Shim stack...

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    Chassis brace...

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    You can see how much better the clamp works upside-down...

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    Maybe, but for $10, I'll never know ;) With my current $1.99 clamp upside-down, you can secure the shaft sufficient to bend the aluminum frame of the device, if you are so inclined. ( Btw, an alternate way to prevent that, if you don't have extra angle for the brace, is to eliminate the gap between the vise body and the platform where the clamp sits. If the edge of the platform contacts the vise, the base-plate cannot bend. I thought of this too-late, but if I ever build another, it'll be slightly more compact. )
     
  12. MIKE1218

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    I've sort of got a plan for this. I may use lumber for the base and stain it. I have the necessary wood in the garage, so all I would need is a vice, and a clamp and a little piece of scrap aluminum for the shaft.
     
  13. LBlack14

    LBlack14 Enjoy Life! Supporting Member

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    Not to be a SCHILL, but I can get anyone a good hydraulic puller(same one I use) for around $100. I won't be making a dime off it either. Same one you see pictured on my bench.

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  14. LeftyHoges

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    I may be interested in one of these. Any time limit on these???
     
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    Is this the same one sold on WRX? Looks pretty nice. How well does it work?
     
  16. MIKE1218

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    I think the point is to make it yourself for $30. That $70 might matter to some people.
     
  17. David Hillman

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    If you're going to go with hyrdaulic, there are better options than that one. The 'Wild Willy' puller is $90 from a guy on WRX, and a much cleaner, and more compact design.

    Or even better if you are tight on space is the Greenseekers', for just $70.

    agreenseekersgolf.com_images_PICT0008CRPREZOP.

    Personally, I think hydraulic is complete overkill for this job, and I didn't want to deal with bleeding the jack, and/or replacing seals. If someone used an old American-made jack, that'd be different, but all the cheap jacks are now made in China, and mine don't last more than a year or two. Some of my scrap aluminum pile are re-claimed pieces of cheap jacks with ruined hydraulics that weren't worth fixing.
     
  18. David Hillman

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    For me, anyway, the point is making it myself... saving a little money is just a bonus.

    That said, if someone isn't into DIY, by-far the nicest affordable extractor I've seen is this one, constantly on eBay from csbauctions.

    PRO GOLF SHAFT EXTRACTOR PULLER TOOL GRAPHITE & STEEL - eBay (item 120368575825 end time Jan-27-09 17:27:50 PST)

    A couple months back, they used to sell for $50. Now they're up in the $60-70 neighborhood. I'm impressed that they can sell it for under three figures thought, from the amount of a aluminum machining involved.
     
  19. Wi-Golfer

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    This looks like the easiest setup around. Just need to make that adaptor piece for the top of the jack. And how often do you use a bottle jack that they are wearing out so often? I have a couple, 1 of them is a newer supposedly inferior chinese piece of crap but it has always worked with no issues at all.
     
  20. LBlack14

    LBlack14 Enjoy Life! Supporting Member

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    It's not Willy's. Let check with the guy and make sure he's still selling them and I'll let you know. Altho' the above one looks pretty good too.
     

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