There are a few tools and processes to remove a broken bolt that are widespread throughout the maintenance and repair industry:
- Heating up the bolt
- Left handed drill bits
- Drilling the bolt out
- Welding a washer or nut on top of the bolt
Although these methods eventually work, they involve quite a bit of space and usually take a large amount of time. No one feels good after they break a bolt on a job.
However, there is a relatively new tool that is gaining popularity that removes all of the above time consuming ways to remove broken bolts. It is called the Bolt Extraction Kit from BrokenBolt.com. This tool allows the mechanic to fasten the arms down securely over the bolt zero in on dead center on the broken bolt and drill perfectly straight through the broken bolt. After the bolt is drilled out, the bolt threads will be separated from the original broken bolt. These threads then are easily cleaned out and the original hole threads are salvaged. This removes the need to tap the hole. It is just as though the broken bolt never happened!
The best thing about the Broken Bolt Extraction Kit is the amount of time it saves on these types of broken bolt projects. A bolt can be honed in on and drilled out in as little as 8 minutes. The first few may take a little longer to get into the process and learn how to use the tool, but it literally turns your broken bolt project from hours (or even days) to minutes. Think about how much time and money can be saved by introducing this tool into a maintenance shop.
One fleet maintenance shop mentioned that they saved over 22 hours on a particular job using this tool, not to mention the amount of down time associated with having a truck in the shop. The savings literally pay for the tool itself many times over.
So next time you have a broken bolt problem, or issue, think about how easy it would be to drill down the exact center of the bolt and have it all removed (most often without even taking the part off the equipment or vehicle you are working on) in minutes. You will be glad to add this tool to your toolbox when you see how useful and how much time you can be saving on this age old broken bolt problem.
Many industries are already using this new tool to solve their broken bolt problems. Many industries have yet to benefit from this tool as well. If you have an issue with a broken bolt, contact us today!
Uses of the Broken Bolt Extractor Include: