there has to be a better way

there has to be a better way

Postby IanB » Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:42 pm

This is a pic of some of the punches I have broken trying to get pins out.

The only sets that seem to come out easy are Hogans.

I heat em up with a propane torch to the point of discoloration, I pound em from the back, I have cut the shaft and drilled the pin out then I can't get the shaft out and Ive ruined two Mitchell shaft extractors trying!

There has to be a better way??

I have 6 sets of nice clubs needing shafts pulled……………help me out guys please.

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Re: there has to be a better way

Postby NRG » Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:26 pm

You could try drilling through the pins from both ends ie not down the shaft. I tried this initially just to provide a countersink hole so it is easier not to miss the pin with the punch, but I realised that the pins punch out easier if you can remove as much of them as possible by drilling them.
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Re: there has to be a better way

Postby Mashie72 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:05 pm

Hey Ian

I guess I am not sure what you mean by pound them from the back?

Obviously you have some solid fixture underneath the hozel like a socket where all of the downward force is applied to the pin and the socket rebounds that force upward? Hard to describe..
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Re: there has to be a better way

Postby IanB » Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:31 pm

I'm thinking of using a small arbor press but I need to find a suitable press punch.
When I say the back I mean hitting them from the back of the head. The problem is once you cut the shaft and drill the pin you can easily rough up the edges of the shaft enough to jam in the hosel.
I will try Neil's suggestion of drilling as much of the pin out first before starting to punch them.
I currently have some nice sets with shafts stuck in at least one iron.
Even the Mitchell broken shaft extractor can't get em out.
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Re: there has to be a better way

Postby mdrretired » Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:16 pm

Maybe these few tips will help you.
1. You need a very solid mount for the hosel so you can hammer the pin out. I use some aluminum vise jaws that I made one day out of frustration. Rubber vise jaws will not usually work. Alum. will not scar the hosel. see pic
2. Start with a short stubby punch and go to the longer one after the pin starts to move. Longer ones tend to bend so start with the stubby one.
3. There is usually one side where the pin is slightly indented or protrudes a bit. If you succeed face down or face up then stay with that orientation for the rest of the set (trial and error).
4. If all fails, try the PB Blaster penetration oil overnight.
5. Occasionally I have to use a 3/32' bit and drill one side of the pins out a bit to get the punch started.
6. I have never used heat on pins
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Re: there has to be a better way

Postby lagpressure » Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:37 pm

I've pulled my hair out trying to get pins out. It takes me hours to do a set, sometimes it's like pulling teeth, or having your teeth drilled!

Watching Mike do it is a bit comical. He knocks a pin out in seconds and it looks so easy. Just like watching Moe hit golf balls.
The greats make it look easy, even when we know it's not!

I love learning from watching Mike work his craft. A true master of his discipline.
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Re: there has to be a better way

Postby IanB » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:08 am

Thanks so much for the help guys it's great to be part of this group.
I'm going to have some nice winter projects!!!!!
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Re: there has to be a better way

Postby IanB » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:16 am

Mike I can't thank you enough for the time your take to help guys like me. Working on my own sets is something I get a great amount of satisfaction from and you have always been a great help.
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Re: there has to be a better way

Postby Range Rat » Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:12 am

Nice thread.

When done hammerin', poundin', twistin', and turnin' and you need to clean up your iron heads here's a little somethin'. I still don't know what to make of this- I think the whole world has gone nuts, literally.
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Re: there has to be a better way

Postby stevemcgee99 » Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:37 am

That's gnarly.
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