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bushing query

NEW65

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I just wondered if this tool:
KWM Clamp-On Bushing Tool
Is really worth investing in? It is very expensive but cheap compared to some other methods of re bushing?!
Just thought i 'd ask.. Cheers
 

shutterbug

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You could probably make it work with some effort. It looks a bit clumsy, and would require a lot of fiddling with the bars and center piece in order to get to the outside holes. You would also need a set of reamers.
 

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I’ve used one. Works fine. I turned the adapter with a hex driver. It’s the same size as multi bit screwdrivers, 1/4”. You can install it every which way you want and getting to holes near an edge has never been a problem. Sometimes though, a post or some other thing gets in the way but so does with a full size bushing machine. Certainly helps keeping everything square. It is pricey for what it is, but it does work.

M.
 

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I would not buy this tool.
 

David S

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In my opinion the clamp on tool being discussed, even with its limitations, is superior to "bushing with hand tools".

RC
This is my thought as well, especially if you can insert the centre finder and clamp it so it is over the original hole. Keeps the reamer perpendicular to the plate as well.

David
 

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I used it this morning. I thought I'd post pictures of it in action.
It works well IMO. Mine is set up to use Bergeon reamers.

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I have to agree that it is indeed superior to hand bushing and set up is not that difficult either.
However not as rigid as a bushing machine, care as to be taken to not allow the reamers to wander off, there is a little run off.
it is a much cheaper alternative that yield very acceptable results. Nibbling is almost necessary in most cases.
It's not as fast as a machine but faster that hand bushing, and more accurate for sure.

Last pic shows how centered in the oil well the new hole is. Ready to accept a 2.5mm bushing.

M.
 

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