“Red Hot Induction Tool” Featured in Successful Farming
A Farmer’s Review
“If you’ve ever had to use a torch to heat up a rusted or stuck nut or bolt, then you’ll quickly appreciate the Mini-Ductor induction heater, observes Dave Nelson. ‘I was amazed by how fast it turned a nut red hot,’ the Belmond, Iowa, farmer says.
“The tool’s manufacturer, Induction Innovations, claims the Mini-Ductor can turn a ¾-inch nut red hot in 15 seconds. ‘I didn’t time it, but I’d say it’s not far off base,’ Nelson says. ‘By focusing the heat around the object I’m working on, the tool minimizes heating of surrounding objects (a problem when using a torch). This is great if I’m working around hoses or belts or something that would melt or could catch fire.’
“Nelson also appreciated the tool’s small size and weight (compared with a torch) and found that it fit into tight areas not as accessible by a torch. The kit he evaluated includes a flexible coil that could be wrapped around irregular-shape or in-line objects (such as a metal pipe coupler). A variety of fixed coil sizes are also available. Nelson liked how the coils easily locked into place in the tool. At $599, the Mini-Ductor Venom’s price could be daunting unless you had a lot of need for it. ‘But there is nothing better for heating up fasteners fast,’ Nelson recommends.”
Eliminate the Torch
Torches are used to remove the many rusted or otherwise seized nuts, bolts and bearings commonly found on farming equipment. However, using an open flame or using a grinder that creates sparks can be dangerous given the materials present on farming equipment after each day’s work, including dust, fertilizer, rust, thread lock compounds, manure and soils. Harvest machinery is the most dangerous to repair with torches because they are often very dry and covered in highly flammable chaff, so extreme caution is necessary to repair these machines.
When using an induction heating tool, the concentrated heat can greatly reduce your repair time while also decreasing the risk of major damage to your equipment. Because of this, using an induction heater to replace torches has been increasingly accepted by farmers as a safer and faster way to maintain their equipment, especially with the Mini-Ductor from Induction Innovations.