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Offline andersenappliance

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Tool work-arounds, or substitutions?
« on: August 20, 2013, 07:00:46 PM »
For Example, the Maytag brake tool The tool is not even available anymore, but the function can be substituted by using longer screws(1" 10/24) in the brake housing and loosening it up to relieve the pressure.   That tool used to cost almost 200 bucks, if I am not mistaken.

Then there is this tool for the Performa hub nut.  It is not available anymore, but is substituted by part number TJSHSW-1 made by Pro.  (no image available)  They want 70 bucks for this item.

This tool, for the older Maytag brakes, costs almost $60.  It is strong, and is a unique application, but it appears to be cheaply made, something that the Chinese could crank out for less that $0.25 a piece.

This tool, for the springs, is nice if you use it a lot, but can be replace by pliers or vice-grips and elbow grease.  Even so, at around $22 it is not too expensive.

You can get nuts off by chiseling them, or by destroying them in one way or another, but why are these tools so expensive?  I think it'd be a great service for the users of this forum if we could offer suggestions for viable work-arounds.

What have you guys come across?

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Re: Tool work-arounds, or substitutions?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2013, 10:18:03 PM »
There's a brake tool on ebay right now with a BIN price of 39.90.  Sensible Products sells the brake tool, part number BBRT-1. I can't seem to find it for sale anywhere so I don't know the price. They also have the spanner wrench, SPSW-1.

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Re: Tool work-arounds, or substitutions?
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2013, 12:14:37 AM »
I've seen sensible products before.

They sell a tension spring expander.


I've just used a o-ring pick on these with great success.




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Re: Tool work-arounds, or substitutions?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2013, 09:38:30 PM »
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Re: Tool work-arounds, or substitutions?
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2013, 03:30:27 PM »
  Sensible Products sells the brake tool, part number BBRT-1.
I can't seem to find it for sale anywhere so I don't know the price. .

$ 76 at appliancezone
$ 60 eBay (sold)
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Re: Tool work-arounds, or substitutions?
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2013, 06:26:00 PM »
I have that spring tool for the washer boots. best $20.00 i ever spent! I think I punched myself in the face onetime trying to put the spring clamp back on onetime :/

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Re: Tool work-arounds, or substitutions?
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2013, 09:22:53 PM »
Whats funny,  Anderson,  I have every tool you pictured on top of page.  I just put in a new snubber on an atlantis last week and that atlantis brake tool would be hard to find a substitute for.     Along with a new thrust bearing kit.    That maytag spring tool does work good to remove the springs on the atlantis.   I also have a speed queen tool used to remove the springs on the commercial speed queens.    Works good.     Hard to think of a substitute for some of these special tools.     Especially the old Maytag brake tool.    Nothing I can think of to substitute for that.   
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Re: Tool work-arounds, or substitutions?
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2013, 10:38:29 PM »
I was working on a maytag that had a lip seal issue.  I used 10/24 1&1/2" screws to release the brake spring and it worked like a charm.

I used small vice grips for the springs.   That wasn't too hard, but the spring tool would have been great.

The spreader for the bellows spring looks almost not worth carrying.  I have some spring clamps from harbor freight that have rubber tips.  Two or three of those placed judiciously around the boot, and you can stretch the spring on with a pick.

I went ahead and ordered the maytag seal tool that goes with that wrench.  It was six bucks, and I'll use it as a pattern to fabricate the wrench.

But as to the older brake tool, I have no clue.   ???


 

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