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    Ideas? Uses for half of a socket universal joint?

    Need some creative thinkers...

    My brother uses the female half of 1/2" socket universal joints to make the strapwinder tools he sells to truckers. He has hundreds of male pieces left over and we haven't been able to come up with a good use for them. Can anyone offer ideas about what these might be good for?

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    Why doesnít he have the part he needs machined? This way heís not buying part of something he canít use.
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    Kenny beat me to it. Only buy what's needed. Go to the source and purchase the un-assembled side of the u-joint.

    Otherwise..............ballast box fodder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Why doesnít he have the part he needs machined? This way heís not buying part of something he canít use.
    He tried -- off-the-shelf is much cheaper than custom work even with the scrap.
    Eventually, he may inquire whether some Chinese Factory can sell him just the unassembled piece he needs. He's concerned that they'll steal his patented design if they see what he's doing, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RodW View Post
    He tried -- off-the-shelf is much cheaper than custom work even with the scrap.
    Eventually, he may inquire whether some Chinese Factory can sell him just the unassembled piece he needs. He's concerned that they'll steal his patented design if they see what he's doing, though.

    The Chinese will copy someone with or without a patent, they have no scruples and assume you donít have the resources to fight them anyway.
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    I'd like to see the strap winder tool. You've peaked my interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    I'd like to see the strap winder tool. You've peaked my interest.
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    You need to head to shark tank my friend! Do they actually tighten the straps enough with a battery operated tool? They will ask you that question before they give you 1.7 million.. and 65 % of the company's profits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tj1 View Post
    You need to head to shark tank my friend! Do they actually tighten the straps enough with a battery operated tool? They will ask you that question before they give you 1.7 million.. and 65 % of the company's profits.
    The tool is for rewinding straps, not securing a load. There's a big disclaimer on the sale page, yet one guy returned his with the 1/4" stainless jaws bent nearly 90 degrees, asking for a replacement. We think he used more than battery power! I don't know of anything of this size that can provide enough force for tie-down. Even if possible, the solution would be very heavy and cost more that it's worth.

    There have been a couple of inquiries from distributors and wholesalers. Of course, they want to take way more than 65% of the sale price for themselves, leaving no profit potential for making the tools. Maybe he can sell the patent someday to someone with an automated production line.
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