HO Truck Spreading Pliers
The Long-Awaited Truck Spreading Plier is Here!
Manufactured to precise tolerances, these hand-ground, individually produced pliers are designed to slip between opposite ends of the wheel axle and backside of truck journal boxes when the jaws are nearly closed. A special compression spring offers just the right amount of resistance when you squeeze the plier, gently spreading the truck journals apart and causing the wheel set to effortlessly slip from the truck. Re-installation of the wheel set is just as easy. Great for use with our Truck Tuner, (#82838, available separately). For HO standard gauge trucks only. Patent Pending.
Installation of a wheel set it just as easy. Simply insert one axle tip into the back of a truck journal box and slip the pliers tip between the opposite ends of the axle. Spread the pliers open just enough to maneuver the opposite axle point into position. Release the pliers to seat the axle point. Works from either end of the cars or from the topside when the car is inverted into our soft touch cradles (80784 or 86612) sold separately.
Micro Mark Tip: Extremely helpful with use of our Truck Tuner # 82838 in cleaning and re-finishing the interior of truck journals.
Customer Reviews of This Item
A very useful tool
by Hervey -
I purchase my trucks in packs of 10 or 20 at a time. When I receive them I remove the plastic wheel sets and tune the trucks then reinsert the wheel sets prior to painting them. After they are painted I again have to remove the cheap plastic wheel sets and replace them with metal wheels. These pliers make the whole process a lot easier on my fingers. I highly recommend them.
I recommend this truck spreader tool.
by Michael -
I'm new to HO trains as of October 2019 and my first step was purchasing a work bench with the most crucial tools I needed to build rolling stock kits.
<br>I really didn't know the importance of removing the plastic wheels and replacing them with metal wheels, on the rolling stock. I fortunately have a model train shop close to where I live, with extremely knowledgeable employees who told me about this. Before I purchased this tool, I found that taking off and replacing wheels by hand was extremely difficult for me.
<br>When I first saw this tool on Micro-Mark's website, sometime in October or November of 2019, I knew it would be an extremely useful tool for taking off the plastic wheels and adding the metal wheels to the rolling stock trucks. After I purchased this tool, it has been a very useful and important tool for me. I highly recommend this tool for anyone with model trains.
Works extremely well
by Edward -
After braking finger nails, wearing my finger skin raw, swearing a lot, watching parts fly all over the place, I finally surrender and order the pliers. Seems pricey, until you gently slide in a new set of wheels without breaking anything on several trucks and you realize what a dream tool it is. The old wheels drop out effortlessly.