Mini-Ductor Praised by Tire Business Contributor
In a January 2019 article for Tire Business, Dan Marinucci wrote how induction heating saves technicians time and money during the “crucial-but-challenging task of loosening frozen fasteners.” He’s speaking from experience – he’s personally used the Mini-Ductor® on strut and shock-absorber hardware, exhaust nuts, brake-line fittings, oxygen sensors and wheel nuts, successfully avoiding harming adjacent parts. Marinucci even consulted with an engineer who reported that a nut must reach 200 or 300 degrees hotter than the bolt or stud for seamless removal, which requires heat to be applied with extreme precision; this is something that can’t be achieved with common torches or other methods.
More recently, Marinucci went further by saying that induction heating preserves “costly electrical terminals and fasteners during teardown operations.” Stuck fasteners are inescapable when working in the automotive industry; it’s how you handle them that can determine the life (or death) of expensive terminals and fasteners. Because induction heating is safer to use on hardware, it’s easier to reuse parts.
The Not-So-Secret Power of the Mini-Ductor
Induction heating tools are not well-kept secrets. Marinucci agrees, saying “many service personnel already are aware of it,” but “others I encounter are not.”
Shane Myron, a technician in Akron, Ohio, is well-acquainted with the power of induction heating. He recently used the tool to remove the transaxle from a 2010 GMC Terrain. He ran into a threaded stud protruding from one of the transaxle bolts, which was connected to the electrical system’s main ground cable. When the nut wouldn’t budge, Myron feared damaging the vital ground cable if he used a traditional wrench or torch.
Luckily, there was a third option: he had a Mini-Ductor on hand. Using one of the interchangeable coils, he was able to maneuver the stuck part. After heating the nut for just 15 seconds, it was easily and safely removed – saving time, money, and the integrity of the ground cable.
More Than Just Nuts & Bolts
- Brake bleeder nuts
- Corroded Exhaust
- Exhaust Manifold Bolts
- Flywheel Bolts
- Inline Connectors
- Recessed Lug Nuts
- Strut Removal
- Vinyl Graphics
- And more
Accelerate Your Repairs – and Profitability – with Induction Heat
For nearly two decades, we’ve provided something that the torch can’t: concentrated, controllable heat. When you have total control over the heat placement, you can preserve your parts and remove them much more effectively. This is why our induction tools have been used in a wide variety of industries, like farming, or even during the restoration of a WWII torpedo. It’s also why we continue improving upon our products, with even more exciting tools to come.
“You may be surprised how little heat it really takes to do the job — when that heat is concentrated in the right place.”