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    Does anyone know of a high quality handle puller? I've gone through 3 already this month because of Sanyo stems. Any thoughts on the handle puller with the sliding impact hammer(sold at fergusons)?
    Buy cheap, buy twice.

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    Re: Handle puller recommendations

    ben, i've also had issues until i've welded the nut into the puller to keep it from pulling off the puller.

    i don't use the slide hammer style. just the regular screw style 2 arm puller. weld the nut if if it's slipping.

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Re: Handle puller recommendations

      you may want to look at a good tool store in the mechanical area, or automotive, and look for gear pullers, there are many different types and styles, and I have yet to tear up a OTC or PROTO puller, on anything I have used and abused it on, they make three and two arm pullers, and some combination types. much heaver duty than what I have seen sold for plumbing. there is also a item called a bearing separator, that splits in half and bolts back together for catching under "bearings" but works on all kinds of things that are hard to catch, and then allow the puller to get a good grip on it,
      gear/bearing pullers,
      http://www.google.com/products?q=gea...Search&show=dd
      bearing separators,
      http://www.google.com/products?sourc...=1&sa=N&tab=wf
      faucet handle pullers,
      http://www.google.com/products?num=1...-8&sa=N&tab=wf
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      • #4
        Re: Handle puller recommendations

        Catalog of PROTO pullers in .PDF format:
        http://www.stanleyproto.com/xhtml/literature/Proto%20Pullers%20and%20Puller%20Sets.pdf

        OTC Pullers:
        http://www.otctools.com/products/category.php?cat=5

        OTC full line catalog in .PDF format - This is a big download but well worth having. They show the Robinair and TIF lines in it. HVAC Goodies and more - I suggest downloading this as a file and then later opening it with Acrobat Reader. It's too big to run online and especially if you want to print it out. Warning: This is almost 400 pages so if you want to print all of it, you'll need a good heavy duty laser printer.
        http://www.otctools.com/products/A9000.pdf

        This will take you to where there are loads of .PDF files of catalog sections for Stanley-Proto and also their Blackhawk lines of tools.
        http://www.stanleyproto.com/default....literature.htm

        The above will be very much overkill for faucet handle pulling, but when you need serious pullers and hand tools, these catalogs will be well worth the efforts to have. When you get into pulling fans and pulleys, then you'll be glad to have them. And, plumbers need all manor of quality hand tools.
        Last edited by Woussko; 09-15-2007, 11:17 AM.

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          Re: Handle puller recommendations

          I do not use a handle puller, I have found that they are all junk. I will work the handle off with my hands, if it refuses to budge, then I will try a channel lock and a rag, if it still fails to come off, then I will remove the rag and use the channel locks, I will remove the handle, and sometimes, break the splin of the stem, no big deal, it had to replaced anyways.
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          • #6
            Re: Handle puller recommendations

            alright ben, i just bought a new one today just to give it a test drive for you.

            it's a "pasco" forged puller. no nut to strip out or pull off.

            don't have the model # with me but it's cost $16.00+

            glad you didn't ask for a camera recommendation. it would have been an expensive day

            rick.
            phoebe it is

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            • #7
              Re: Handle puller recommendations

              Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
              ben, i've also had issues until i've welded the nut into the puller to keep it from pulling off the puller.

              i don't use the slide hammer style. just the regular screw style 2 arm puller. weld the nut if if it's slipping.

              rick.
              First thing, I meant Sayco stems, I'm p&e'ing a system with 15 sanyo mini splits and 3-3 ton split systems so it's hard for me to get the name Sanyo out of my head. My problem is the threads on the stems are just a little bit smaller than then shaft on the puller so the shaft threads itself in until it snaps off after about 2 uses.

              This area has mansfield toilets, sayco mixing valve assemblies, and delta. That's it. Those must of been the local special at the supply house.
              Buy cheap, buy twice.

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