Mini-Ductor Fixed Ops Cover Story: ‘This is the single best tool I’ve ever used’

Thursday January 17, 2019

Mini-Ductor Fixed Ops Cover Story

We’re proud to have made the cover of Fixed Ops, which is a bimonthly magazine from Automotive News focused exclusively on the parts, service and collision departments of new-car dealerships.

Here’s an excerpt of the article:

Name of tool: Mini-Ductor II and Mini-Ductor Venom

What it does: Safely loosens rusted nuts and bolts

How it works: Uses inductive heat to expand and contract metal quickly and safely. It also can loosen badges and decals.

Key advantages: Eliminates the need to use torches to heat rusted bolts and nuts and other hard-to-loosen components. Mini-Ductor can be used near fuel tanks and plastic trim parts with no danger of fire or parts damage from excessive heat.

Infrastructure requirements: Standard 110-volt wall socket.

Maintenance required: Coil tips must be replaced after about 200 uses; tips cost between $10 and $15 each.

Special training: None. Instruction videos from manufacturer, Induction Innovations, at

Where it’s available: Automaker tool programs as well as most major tool distributors, such as Snap-on, Matco Tools and Mac Tools

Who bought it: Bowman Chevrolet, Clarkston, Mich.

Cost: $499 for Mini-Ductor II; $599 for Mini-Ductor Venom

Comment: “This is the single best tool I’ve ever used. I use this on new cars as well,” says Bob Welker, ASE certified master technician with 39 years of experience. “Seat-belt bolts are very tight. I’ll put a T-50 [screw head] on a seat bolt, and I lean on it, and I know I will break it or break my tool. I put the Mini-Ductor over it for two seconds, and then I can break it loose and take it out.”

Contact us to learn more about the Mini-Ductor Series of portable induction heaters

Induction Innovations, Inc.

U.S. patents: 6670590 and 6563096 apply to all products; D707,804 and D728,086 apply to handheld, inline induction heaters; patent pending for the Mini-Ductor 12V (MD-500)
European Patent Office (EPO): patent 002076372-0001 applies to all handheld, inline induction heaters; patent pending for the Mini-Ductor 220V (MD-800) and Mini-Ductor 12V (MD-500)
Australia patent: 343968 applies to all handheld, inline induction heaters