Ken-Tool’s New Separation Bag Helps Remove Stuck Wheels
Ken-Tool Corp. has introduced the 34555 Shark Fin Dual Wheel Separation Bag to help remove stuck and corroded wheels/tires from truck and trailer axles.
The company says the unique Shark Fin bag is an extreme-duty, rubber-coated, nearly puncture-proof Kevlar bag which uses air pressure to create 5,000 pounds of force to separate and remove stuck dual wheels off the axle studs and hubs.
Unlike any other dual wheel separation product on the market, it is safe for use on any wheel type – steel, aluminum or chrome – from 15- to 24.5-inch rim diameters, according to the company.
Ken-Tool says stuck wheels are a growing problem due to the corrosion which occurs between wheels (particularly aluminum) and steel studs and hubs.
The Shark Fin bag is inserted vertically between the tires near the 11 and 2 o’clock positions after the tires are off the ground and the lug nuts are loosened. Compressed air is added the bag, using the attached three-foot inflation hose.
The Shark Fin bag, rated at 150 psi, delivers 2.5 tons of expansion force at 87 psi, breaking the corrosion which prevents removal of the wheels. The Shark Fin bag can also be used, with proper support cribbing, on steering axle wheels and inside dual wheels.
Deflated, the Shark Fin bag dimensions are 9.75 inches by 8 inches by 3/8 inches (25 cm x 20 cm 0.95 cm), and inflated, it expands to 5.5 inches (14 cm) (maximum). The inflation tube features a slotted cap for deflation.
Each Shark Fin Dual Wheel Separation Bag is packaged in a clear poly bag, and weighs 1.3 pounds (0.6 kg). The Ken-Tool Shark Fin Dual Wheel Separation Bag has a MSRP of $499.95 (US); WD – $249.00 (US).
Ken-Tool is displaying its products at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show Nov. 3-6 in Las Vegas, booth number 42292.
For more information about these and other professional tire-changing and shop tools from the Akron, Ohio-based company, visit www.kentool.com.