Remove Windshields & Frozen Bolts Faster without Risk of Salvage Yard Fires
We recently talked to Brian Collins, president of Commercial Forms – the leading auto recycling tool and supply distributor for salvage yards – and asked him about the growing use of induction heating tools in his world.
He described how our Glass Blaster removes windshields—without breaking them—in a fraction of the time it takes using wires or any other method. He also told us how the Mini-Ductor “flameless torch” removes frozen nuts, bolts and other fasteners without the risk of fire.
The Glass Blaster & Salvage
Induction Innovations has served the salvage yard and auto recycling industry for over 15 years, including a lot of time spent at tradeshows and visiting salvage yards across the Midwest.
Induction Innovations founder and president “Tom Gough would spend the whole weekend taking out glass, Collins recalled, describing early demonstrations of the Glass Blaster’s transformation of a previously time-consuming job. “The Glass Blaster has since become the mainstream auto recycling glass removal tool,” said Collins.
Collins says the Glass Blaster’s ability to remove windshields without breaking the glass helped position it as a tool of choice in auto recycling.
“Most other glass removal tools are designed for removing glass that’s already broken, so it doesn’t matter if you break it further, but automotive recyclers need to get glass out intact so it can be resold,” Collins said. “You can use a pneumatic tool but they often chip or break the glass.”
How much time does the Glass Blaster save? “The Glass Blaster takes 10-15 minutes to remove a windshield vs. 30-45 minutes with wires,” Collins said.
Another advantage, Collins said, is the versatility of uses and attachments. “If you’re interested in the Glass Blaster but might want to use induction heating for applications other than removing glass, you can purchase the Inductor Max power supply and the Glass Blaster attachment and then buy the other attachments as needed,” he said. “I’m amazed at how many people use it.”
Reducing Fire Risk with the Mini-Ductor
What do Franklin (TN), Sherman (TX), Omaha (NE), and Lincoln (RI) have in common?
They all had fires in their local salvage yard this year.
The salvage yard fire in Lincoln was actually the location’s second: “Back in April of 2013, a fire caused heavy damage to the vehicles and building … an incident made worse due to exploding fuel containers, a local newspaper reported.
It’s a risk that goes up with the use of acetylene torches.
With induction heating, you can avoid torch use for removing seized nuts, bolts and other ferrous metal fasteners.
“I just sold a Mini-Ductor Venom to a salvage yard that burned,” Collins said. “We’re excited about the Mini-Ductor Venom. There’s been a lot of publicity lately and concern about fires in salvage yards. A half dozen prominent salvage yards using a torch have had their buildings engulfed in flames: in New York State, outside of Toronto, in San Diego, and in Northern Michigan. Induction tools are an alternate way to heat up a frozen bolt on a strut, or whatever there may be. People who use them have great things to say.”