Wheel Nut Remover

Submitted: Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:35
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Has anyone had any experience with a 12v wheel nut removing impact tool?
I was quoted $110.00 by AutoPro today. I thought I saw these things around for about half that price only 6 months ago.
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Reply By: Member - John - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:49

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:49
yep, great product, they are about $39 I think, try the 4wd mags or Marks 4Wd Adaptors if in Melbourne.
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Follow Up By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 22:18

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 22:18
TJM have been selling a telescoping wheel brace kit for years I have sold heaps of them to the ladies from the scool of distance education. No batteries to go. flat a child could undo tight nuts with its leverage system. last forever , small compact and cheap. Cheers Rob
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Follow Up By: ev700 - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 13:26

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 13:26
Rob
Any idea where I could source one in Bris - assuming that is, the cost of postage from you would be too high.

Thanks
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Follow Up By: gramps - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 18:22

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 18:22
Supacheap sell something similar. Don't know how long they'll last though. Around $14 from memory.
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Follow Up By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 18:54

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 18:54
Plenty of TJM 4wd mega stores in Brisbane. Cheers Rob
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Reply By: Member - Bill S (NSW) - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:49

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:49
HI MICHAEL 46.I purchased some a while ago one for me one for my son and one for my soninlaw,i have used mine and find it very good certainly takes the pressure of undoing by hand but really tightens well and easily.As I bought 3 I got a good price I think about $85 money well spent.Has 4 sockets and a extension bit.

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Follow Up By: Leroy - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:56

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:56
Bill forgot to mention that he fit a fitch to all 3 and they all consume 20% less current than a std unit.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Peter McGuckian (Member) - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 10:12

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 10:12
I think the company that advertises recovery gear - 4B Equipment - winches etc on this site has them advertised for $60. Take a look. I have a Shentai. Good piece of gear.

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Reply By: 4145derek - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:51

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:51
I bought one for a friend last Xmas. They are quite strong and at $50 from Repc was a good buy.

Things you should know..

I would double check the tension with a wheel brace.

The unit does not free spin. It knocks / bangs about a 1/4 turn at a time. (very frustrating).

In a pinch if you have weak hands O.K.

I would not stock or sell them on my web site.

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 22:42

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 22:42
I got one from Repco and have used it a bit, and find it good for taking the nuts off. I prefer to tighten them up with a wheel brace though as I cannot tell if they are tight from the gun.

I also remembered having a tyre fitted in South Australia and the tyre place has some sort of torque wrench attached to his air gun so that it would not over-tighten the nuts, and thought this was a potention problem with the electric type guns.

but they are a good unit if you respect their limitations.

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Follow Up By: Nick R - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:23

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:23
good point finishing with a wheel brace, even good rattle guns can't match elbow grease I have found.
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Reply By: russ36 - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:23

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:23
i use a dewalt 18 v cordless impact wrench, [rattle gun], plenty of grunt, quick, and then hand tighten to finish off
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 11:04

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 11:04
@ $600 bucks? No thanks.

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Reply By: ev700 - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:30

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:30
Is Shentai the better unit? Origin?

Have seen it advertised for around $105 postage paid. Particulars:
12 volt DC rating
100 watts/8.3 amp input
340Nm of torque with no recoil
3 kg total weight (including all parts and plastic carry case)
4 metre electric extension cable

ARB have similar unit of Chinese origin and it was cheaper.
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Follow Up By: ev700 - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:35

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:35
Anyone know if torque can be pre-set on the Shentai electric unit?
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Follow Up By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 08:58

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 08:58
No. It's not adjustable.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 01:41

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 01:41
The better unit?

Shentai is the "brand name" unit.
Used to pick them up from 4WD shows for $50 but now they are established, they have doubled in price.

I also have a "Repco" sourced unit which I cannot tell the different with the Shentai.
The Repco one was under $50 when I bought it.

Now, besides wheel nuts, ask Roachie what they are good for.
Rumour has it that Roachie uses his to crank down the stablisers on his Ultimate:-)
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Reply By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 05:07

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 05:07
As a sufferer from a tennis elbow type injury I find my Shentai indispensable, I use it for all sorts of jobs.
Its main benefit for me is cracking wheel nuts and that repetitive finger winding to get the nuts on and off. I then tighten up with an extendable handle wheel brace.
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Reply By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 05:07

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 05:07
That's a rip. Wait for the next show, bought a Shentai at the last one for $80. They are always there for $89. I always haggle at the shows and treat it just like shopping in the asian countries. I just say "I'd only buy one if I could get it for $x". Usually works especially if there are 2 companies selling them.

A godsend for removing wheel nuts but as said above it's hard to tell how tight they are done up. Best to double check by hand.

Also check you're nuts, ;-) - the biggest socket in the kit wasn't large enough, had to buy one to fit mine.
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Reply By: Member - Fred - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 12:33

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 12:33
Why is it that no one mentioned using a torque wrench to tighten wheel nuts
My tyre fitter always uses one
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Reply By: Wisey (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 17:49

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 17:49
Michael

I have the shentai. $85 from show.
The socket I use for mine has now split so needs replacing with a quality impact socket. The first tool was replaced due to not 'impacting' . An extension handle is the go as the backup hand tool IMO.

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Reply By: revhead307 - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 18:16

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 18:16
I have a shentai,

new $35 off ebay 9 months ago.

works a treat, and i manually check tension with a wheel brace.

Rev
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 20:43

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 20:43
Got a shentai for nix when bought kyocera solar panel from solar panel xpress at Lansborough Qld ,easy as and the swmbo loves it.
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Reply By: Michael46 - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:08

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 22:08
Thanks for all the replies.

From the feedback I will go with the Shentai.

I have found a local (Central Coast NSW) supplier at $89.00.
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