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    This link was found in the "Shop Made Tools" sticky. I imagine he's describing pressure exerted between the pin and the back of the chuck, but what's a "Pickle Fork"? I would think that something designed to spear pickles wouldn't be very stout or hard.

    http://thevirtualbarandgrill.com/mac.../pictures.html

    Chris

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    Originally posted by Chris S.
    This link was found in the "Shop Made Tools" sticky. I imagine he's describing pressure exerted between the pin and the back of the chuck, but what's a "Pickle Fork"? I would think that something designed to spear pickles wouldn't be very stout or hard.
    Around here, a pickle fork tool is mostly associated with separating ball joints and tie rods.

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    • #3
      Pickle fork is just a term used to describe a tool that looks similar, usually they are used for separating ball joints or tie rod ends, and are a strong tool.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the replies guys. I think I've seen what you're describing but I remember them being fairly large with a long handle on them. Anyone have a link to a photo?

        Thanks,
        Chris

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        • #5
          Never mind, I found some pix. All makes sense now!

          Chris

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          • #6
            Can we talk about cherry pickers now?
            Andy

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            • #7
              Originally posted by sasquatch
              Pickle fork is just a term used to describe a tool that looks similar, usually they are used for separating ball joints or tie rod ends, and are a strong tool.
              No, no, no! They're a device for ruining the boot on a ball joint!

              I've never used anything other than leverage between the pin and taper and a good solid blow to the side of the taper to shock the joint loose.
              Paul Compton
              www.morini-mania.co.uk
              http://www.youtube.com/user/EVguru

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              • #8
                Originally posted by EVguru
                No, no, no! They're a device for ruining the boot on a ball joint!

                When one of my "pickle forks" comes out of the tool box, the ball joint or tie rod end is beyond caring about the condition of its boot!


                Rex

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Chris S.
                  This link was found in the "Shop Made Tools" sticky. I imagine he's describing pressure exerted between the pin and the back of the chuck, but what's a "Pickle Fork"? I would think that something designed to spear pickles wouldn't be very stout or hard.

                  http://thevirtualbarandgrill.com/mac.../pictures.html

                  Chris
                  That is my site - that particular grab bag of images are a snaps of things I've done or tried but which haven't made it to an article yet at http://MetalWorkingAtHome.com/

                  The pickle fork I used is one I bought at HF just for that rescue. Not a great tool but it got the job done.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dp
                    That is my site - that particular grab bag of images are a snaps of things I've done or tried but which haven't made it to an article yet at http://MetalWorkingAtHome.com/

                    The pickle fork I used is one I bought at HF just for that rescue. Not a great tool but it got the job done.
                    Well, I have a Jacobs Super Chuck that has no shoulder on the MT shank, so I couldn't use a wedge or drift. I drilled a 1/4" hole up through the jaws to gain access to the face of the MT so I could drive it off with a 1/4" round punch rod. So far I'm just bending the punch. I think I'm going to drill it out to a 1/2" to use a larger punch, or maybe I'll try my air hammer.

                    Chris

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                    • #11
                      Protip: a crecent wrench is not a pickle fork, No matter how much it might look like it can get the drill chuck off, It won't. Also, you'll rip the chrome plating off in the process. Ask me how I know
                      Play Brutal Nature, Black Moons free to play highly realistic voxel sandbox game.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by EVguru
                        No, no, no! They're a device for ruining the boot on a ball joint!

                        I've never used anything other than leverage between the pin and taper and a good solid blow to the side of the taper to shock the joint loose.

                        Get one of these, used it many many times and have yet to ruin a boot or the threads/shaft. Used it today in fact.

                        Andy

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Chris S.
                          Well, I have a Jacobs Super Chuck that has no shoulder on the MT shank, so I couldn't use a wedge or drift. I drilled a 1/4" hole up through the jaws to gain access to the face of the MT so I could drive it off with a 1/4" round punch rod. So far I'm just bending the punch. I think I'm going to drill it out to a 1/2" to use a larger punch, or maybe I'll try my air hammer.

                          Chris
                          One problem with this procedure is the relative inertia of the chuck and spindle. It helps a whole lot if you have something not just strong but also really heavy behind the chuck. If you can get any initial tension on the joint before punching it will also help. A 1/4" punch probably compresses enough from the blow to absorb some of the force and a larger punch is definitely better. A short punch is also better than a long one.

                          Don't try to tap or drive the part out gently. Get set up with the biggest hammer you can handle and hit it as hard as you can, like you were trying to drive the punch INTO the end of the shaft. (My Dad used to say:"Don't play with it, hit it like you mean it!" and it usually worked.)
                          Don Young

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Don Young
                            Don't try to tap or drive the part out gently.
                            If all else fails I have a backup plan.... I have a few pounds of 2400 and Unique sitting on my reloading shelf.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Black_Moons
                              Protip: a crecent wrench is not a pickle fork, No matter how much it might look like it can get the drill chuck off, It won't. Also, you'll rip the chrome plating off in the process. Ask me how I know
                              I can't find a reference to a crecent wrench in this thread??

                              Chris

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