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  1. Really cool! Has anyone out there used a Hydra-Torque? It is basically a
    torque multiplier actuated by an electro-hydraulic pump. It has a reaction
    bar like a torque multiplier that usually locks on an adjacent nut. Break a
    stud? Have an ESD dude ready to disintegrate it without harming the
    threads on cylinders, etc. I have known ESD guys who are booked up
    for six months. An emergency callout is usually a money is no object
    situation. I missed my calling, a 75k investment could have made me
    a millionaire!

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    • Yeah, outfit I worked for had to rent one once so we could replace the U Bolts on the rear leaf springs on a Mack Truck. 1 1/4 thick U bolts, torque spec was 1800 Ft Lbs. You could hear the bastards stretching.
      Out fit I work for now has a pneumatic pistol type torque multiplier like this one,
      https://www.enerpac.com/en-us/pneumatic-torque-wrenches/pneumatic-torque-wrench-with-frl/PTW3000C
      We have to torque some compressor head bolts down to 1800 Ft Lbs.
      This thing works pretty slick except it has an electronic display that is a cheezy POS that won’t hold a setting.

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      • “Electro Static Discharge”, a way of burning out out stuff without damaging the surrounding metal. Sometimes called EDM for “Electrical Discharge Machining”.
        When I worked in aerospace it was used to remove things like broken taps and screws from very expensive machined aluminum parts.

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          • It removes the metal by doing a High Voltage arc against the part, That takes away a little bit of the metal each time it arcs. It’s relatively slow, and the EDM machines I am familiar with were used by plastic mold makers to make the complex-curve cavities for injection molding keytops. Very slow, done in a liquid bath (which flushes away the metal particles), and pretty doggone precise. It’s neat to watch, what little I could see…

            So, yeah, kind of a torching/”dissolving” technology!

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  2. Great idea and very useful – IFN you got the room to get it around the frozen nut. Butt- what if the problem needing addressing is in a very limited space, which more then likely will be and quite often in a blind spot. – Guess you’ll hafta break out the gas ax and mirror and prey your working blindfolded backwards skills are up to par…

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