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Subject: Tips on removing a nut on Dexter Dryer

1.  Tips on removing a nut on Dexter Dryer

Posted 10 days ago

Trying to remove a tumbler from a dexter dryer.  Can't get the nut off since the tumbler keeps spinning.  I used lubricant spray and had someone else holding the basket.  I have not tried heat yet.  Hoping for other option.

THanks

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John
Store Owner/ Employee
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2.  RE: Tips on removing a nut on Dexter Dryer

Posted 10 days ago
Time to break down and buy an impact. They make some really nice ones that are 450 foot pounds for a reasonable price. It will also come in handy for drum bearings. Chances are good if you hit the nut with that much force before the bolt realizes what has happened you can do the entire job without removing anything from the front.

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Curt Harrington

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3.  RE: Tips on removing a nut on Dexter Dryer

Posted 10 days ago
​Agreed, with impact you are using momentum(inertia) to "jerk" the fastener loose, rather than a gentle torque. Use the analogy of slowly pulling a tablecloth from under a stack of dishes on a table vs. a quick jerk.  Prior will just move the dishes with the cloth, but latter will use the dishes inertia to hinder their movement to get the cloth removed.

Similar to using a press vs. hitting with a hammer.  Press is steady pressure, while hammer smack(which is essentially what an impact gun uses) it very much higher instantaneous energy transfer.

.02

Greg

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Greg Massung
Store Owner/ Employee
Irwin PA
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4.  RE: Tips on removing a nut on Dexter Dryer

Posted 10 days ago
I've removed them by first buying a big open end/box wrench that fits it....Can't remember the size off hand...at least 1".

Then I did it the old fashioned way...I hit the wrench with a hammer until it came loose.

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Paulie B
Store Owner/ Employee
Mr Machine
New York City NY
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5.  RE: Tips on removing a nut on Dexter Dryer

Posted 10 days ago

Did not even think about an impact drill. Thanks. Having the right tools is an investment in saving time.

Paulie,  I used a socket wrench and was whacking it with a large hammer. Even had a long handle wrench for more leverage. It usually works but not this time. I have a large adjustable wrench too which could be better since it will grip the nut tighter that a socket.

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John
Store Owner/ Employee
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6.  RE: Tips on removing a nut on Dexter Dryer

Posted 10 days ago
Harbor Freight sells a 3/4 drive electric impact that will do the job. Their tools are not the best, but this one will  work fine for occasional use. Use it to make sure all of your pulley nuts are tight, as this is what usually causes spyder shaft failure.

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Brad Seder
Store Owner/ Employee
Santa Rosa CA
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7.  RE: Tips on removing a nut on Dexter Dryer

Posted 10 days ago
Sorry, it's 1/2" drive. I had to buy a 1/2 to 3/4 adapter as I couldn't find a 1/2 impact socket that big.

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Brad Seder
Store Owner/ Employee
Santa Rosa CA
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8.  RE: Tips on removing a nut on Dexter Dryer

Posted 9 days ago
Now got  tight nuts
  using a good impact  the  dewalt one is a   good one and will make you sing
  harbor freight
is just so so  $ 39 dollars to a $140 tool but this one works when you need it
But a little trick  that works.   and if the use lock tight on the nut you most likely wont get it off.
    Use heat and heat the nut or bolt this will expand the nut then hit the wrench or use the impact and it will  break loose.
use a 6 point socket it works the best           Have fun welcome to my world
                                                                          30 tech   Al Wojo

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AL WOJCIECHOWSKI
Store Owner/ Employee
lebanon PA
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9.  RE: Tips on removing a nut on Dexter Dryer

Posted 9 days ago

Not a big fan of Harbor Freight.  Tools don't seem last and I like to keep them for a while.

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John
Store Owner/ Employee
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10.  RE: Tips on removing a nut on Dexter Dryer

Posted 4 days ago
Impact pnuematic hammer did the trick.  $34 at the orange big box store

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John
Store Owner/ Employee
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11.  RE: Tips on removing a nut on Dexter Dryer

Posted 3 days ago
​Should have mentioned that in previous post.....don't waste your time/money with electric impact guns(they're OK for small low torque jobs).  Go pneumatic, electrics just CANNOT GET the blows per minute that a good air impact can.

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Greg Massung
Store Owner/ Employee
Irwin PA
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12.  RE: Tips on removing a nut on Dexter Dryer

Posted 3 days ago
Greg,

You know....You are right....Here I am where I already have 140 psi compressors located in my mat basements, with air hoses running upstairs behind the dryers. We hook up blow guns to them to blow the lint out of every nook and cranny of the dryers.

It's such an easy next step to connect a pneumatic impact gun....THANKS!!!

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Paulie B
Store Owner/ Employee
Mr Machine
New York City NY
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