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Hi all,

are them propshaft tools advertised worth the £16 they are going for or would a ground down socket be just as good. Just wondering after struggling undoing prop bolts with spanners today.

Cheers,

Terry.

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I keep meaning to get one,I think it's worth the cost to make the job a bit easier, otherwise I just use 2 x 9/16ins open end spanners.

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rolleyes.gif The prop shaft tool is a "must have" item in the collection of tools acquired!!!!! It makes life easierhuh.gif

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I have a pair of the 'correct' spanners which make the job a little easier but I bought a propshaft tool about 6-years ago and it makes the job a breeze. It is one of those tools that make a slightly awkward job into an easy one. Ok, you can do the job quite well without one but as soon as you have bought one you will wonder why you didn't do it years ago.

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Um....I must be on my own then in saying I wouldnt bother really, just use a couple of 9/16 spanners. I have got the proper tool but find that it doesnt get to all the nuts on the transfer end of the prop that easily and often revert to using spanners. :huh:

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I HAD one, binned it. Far too heavy and difficult to use. It would be a different story with a windy gun to hand I prefere the two 9/16 AF spanners. One day I will jump on the Snap-On van and buy a 1/4 drive 9/16 AF socket.

You think the Defender is difficult ? Then try a series One with WHITWORTH headed nuts and bolts...

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As most of the above, I wouldn't want to be without mine - BUT - you do need to be aware that you will need to rotate the prop to "open up" the gap to get it onto the nuts without jamming or putting excess sideways force onto the bolts.

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Another yes from me, after skinning your knuckles, rounding off bolt heads because the spanner/socket doesn't quite go on square - just buy it!

Malcolm

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Personally think they are pretty pointless, you still need to rotate the prop to use them correctly...and spanners do the job just fine, may add 30 secs to the job..oh dear lol. Rather spend that £16 or whatever on diesel, when I'm rich and can splash money over the place I'll get all these 'special' tools. :P

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Saves a lot of time in my experience.... they become 'just another bolt' rather than a right pain to get to.

Normally slack in the drivetrain is enough to get the tool on/off, no need to rotate the prop any more than that.

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there are 2 versions, 3/8" and 1/2" drive. Get the 3/8" every time. The 1/2" is too bulky.

Pete

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Its a yes from me.

I think you will find the older you get the easier you want to make jobs, especially the laying on your back underneath getting cr*p in your eyes jobs. We've all been there even with safety specs on it still finds its way in somehow. But some might say thats why landys have mirrors that turn out so you can fish the bits out of your eyes with rolled up tissue. :blink:

You will also find that over time the continual visits to your local landy parts supplier will mean you get on first name terms with them and things should get a fair bit cheaper!

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Yes definately worth it, I used 2 spanners for years but it makes life much easier, usually have mine on an air ratchet though

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Not worth the money but a good tool, i bought one only used it once,best to convince your mate he needs one then borrow it. ;)

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spanners do the job just fine, may add 30 secs to the job..

Ok, I'll give you a 30 sec head start and see who gets the prop off quickest :)

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The easiest way to remove a prop (say the front one) is to lift one of the wheels of the ground, undo the nut and bolt at the bottom then rotate the wheel. This will bring the nuts and bolts to you rather than chasing them around the flange.

With wind spanners, prop off in 30 secs on the floor.

:)

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Oh God Yes

3/8 drive, mini rattle gun * Spanner,..

I'll have a the entire prop off and on the floor in 3 mins

One of those items I wish I'd bought years ago :)

Nige

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id say no if youve got a decent 3/8" drive socket set. i can get in the uj using a 9/16 socket and a short wobbly extension, you have to jack up one wheel to enable to rotate the prop when needed.

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