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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 doesn’t he have the part he needs machined? This way he’s not buying part of something he can’t 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. :dunno:
 

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Why doesn’t he have the part he needs machined? This way he’s not buying part of something he can’t 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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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 don’t 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.:munch:
 

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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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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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Jewelry for rappers??? :unknown: Maybe that way there won't be so many Mercedes emblems go missing. :laugh:
:lolol::lolol::good2:
 
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Build it your self breaker bar! He can include the pin (I assume he can supply the pin) Buyer supplies handle of any length
 

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Storage / transport for 1/2 inch sockets?

Maybe with a rod or a cable through a number of these, one could put a few loose sockets on them and keep them together in a toolbag for taking to the worksite?

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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.
I see what it does. Winds up the straps quick after unsecuring a load. Makes sense.
Some loads i see have like 15 straps so it seems like a nice tool. :bigthumb:
 

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Storage / transport for 1/2 inch sockets?

Maybe with a rod or a cable through a number of these, one could put a few loose sockets on them and keep them together in a toolbag for taking to the worksite?

==Grizzler

Great idea Grizz.
 

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That's a clever idea with the strap re-winder. :good2:

Unfortunately KennyD is correct concerning our 'good friends' in China having zero scruples. If there was a profit in it; they'd steal the genetic code for mosquitoes and make more of the buggers to annoy mankind.

If you can't find a good use for the unused parts; then all I can suggest is save them for scrap and recycle them. You won't get much for them; but at least they won't end up in a landfill.
 
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