alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial cutting vise grips to make cross pin pliers
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« on: April 09, 2019, 02:14:47 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2019, 02:34:52 PM »

Thanks for that Alan. I wish I saw that the other week when I emailed you. I made a pair by mistake that work well. I tried to drill a hole at the end of a pair of vice grips, it did not work and the tip of the one side broke off 1/4 inch short, I filed a groove/ notch in the shortened tip (to fit the pin) and they work awesome.


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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2019, 02:42:07 PM »

Very nice boss, I like the way you take your time with it...a pro at work.

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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2019, 08:43:49 PM »

Video is not complete?  I want to watch a pin being removed, how do I know it works?
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2019, 09:34:31 PM »

Thanks, Alan!

Great idea!

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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2019, 02:06:07 AM »

Thanks Alan - not bad for an old man Cheesy Grin Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2019, 06:02:50 AM »

I just made myself a similar tool, used a small angle grinder to cut the slot and that worked very well.
The vice grip has the leverage my previous tool lacked and works perfectly!
Thanks for the tip!
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2019, 09:44:23 AM »

That is exactly the reason that vise grips make the perfect starting tool. You have the ability to precisely adjust the amount of pressure delivered to the head of the pin. You do have to grind the face of the jaws as flat as possible.  That way you decrease the risk of mushrooming the pin.
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2019, 10:46:35 AM »

That is exactly the reason that vise grips make the perfect starting tool. You have the ability to precisely adjust the amount of pressure delivered to the head of the pin. You do have to grind the face of the jaws as flat as possible.  That way you decrease the risk of mushrooming the pin.
Yes, and what I also enjoyed especially was adjusting the screw on the vice grip to precisely the correct depth setting to avoid seating the pin too deep and having to turn it around and do the other side again. Cool
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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2019, 11:36:23 AM »

That looks stronger than what I did. I ground a pair of needle-nose vice grips, from the tip of onea the jaws down, insteda from the side. Also, I added a "dimple" to the other jaw to better hold the pin as it's squeezed.
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2019, 11:54:20 AM »

nice video Jefe

I did something alike few years back when I saw yours on a tutorial, but I cut mine different, the idea is the same I just found this worked better for me

https://alantani.com/index.php?topic=15012.msg155077#msg155077
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« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2019, 10:08:07 AM »

Video is not complete?  I want to watch a pin being removed, how do I know it works?

Same here, not seeing how this would benefit, without seeing it in action.
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« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2019, 09:31:50 PM »

What is the cross pin? Is it is a pressed in pin on a shaft of some sort on a conventional reel? I'm a spinning reel guy so please excuse my ignorance!  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2019, 09:46:43 PM »

On older spinners, there's sometimes a cross-pin that holds either the spool or the click gear, on the spool shaft.
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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2019, 11:07:54 PM »

On older spinners, there's sometimes a cross-pin that holds either the spool or the click gear, on the spool shaft.
Right, usually on push button release spools. There is rarely a reason to remove those (I've never needed to). They are pretty easy to get at too. I'm thinking if there is a need to make a special tool to remove/install these pins, there must be a part that is serviced regularly that has a pin the needs to be removed on something other than a spinning reel.
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