The Humble Slide HammerKurt Quambusch
The slide hammer might be considered a simplistic tool – but it is very versatile in mechanical repairs.
The slide hammer is a very versatile tool in mechanical repairs. It is used for the extraction of all manner of parts with little to no damage to the component and with minimal effort from the operator, making removal possible in inaccessible spaces, making it a valuable accessory to any automotive toolbox.
The force produced by moving the weighted hammer quickly toward the end of the shaft is used for pulling out dents in auto body repair work or for loosening or pulling off or out components. The slide hammer is a tool that attaches to an object that needs to be pulled and transmits that impact force to the object without striking the object itself, so there is no damage caused to the component you need to remove and it can be used in confined spaces where there is a potential to damage other components in the removal process.
The slide hammer uses are endless and they range in size from miniature as found in glow plug removal kits to magnificent for earth moving applications, but their versatility lies in the endless types of adapters that can be connected to release components that would otherwise remain captive:
- Stuck fuel injectors
- Glow plugs
- Grease retainers
- Bearing cups
- Earthmoving pins, and the list goes on.
Govoni Slide Hammers
In the Govoni range many of the slide hammers are designed for special purposes and are technically advanced ensuring the correct weighting of the hammer. Govoni has also developed specialised slide hammers filled with steel shot which prevents the weight from bouncing back against the abutment, increasing the impact force that is transmitted to the component to be removed, but making it a gentler impact on the component.
These steel shot filled slide hammers are ergonomically designed for the user as they are very gentle on the joints and allow fatigue-free working.
Specialist Tools Australia stocks a diverse range of slide hammers and attachments with a special focus on diesel fuel injection kits for injectors and glow plug removal. They also stock a wide variety of attachments for the slide hammers which ensures that the components to be removed are firmly attached so as to prevent or minimize further damage.
Components can be attached to the slide hammer by thread adaptors both male and female in various sizes which screw directly into the component, sockets and shell adaptors that fix around the component or by the use of pincer pliers, hooks and forks. These attachments can be combined with an articulated joint which enables removal of components in confined spaces. If you need an adapter for any fuel injection application, they will probably have the slide hammer connection you need.