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Got the heat gun

post #1 of 7
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I bought the heat gun and now to remove the bore-thru shaft from my Mizuno titanium driver head. But have no fancy 'head puller' gizmo. Am very limited in tools and gear so will probably go with some kind pulley system and strong thin rope to grip the head and give a pull. Will clamp down on the shaft to secure it. Then apply the heat and start the pull. Assume all will go well. Save the shaft? If possible but need the head. Hope the heat does no damage to the paint on the head as i read titanium takes a long time to warm up.

 

Any thing more i need to think about? 

post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by joekelly View Post
 

I bought the heat gun and now to remove the bore-thru shaft from my Mizuno titanium driver head. But have no fancy 'head puller' gizmo. Am very limited in tools and gear so will probably go with some kind pulley system and strong thin rope to grip the head and give a pull. Will clamp down on the shaft to secure it. ...

To pull a shaft from a wood, especially a bore-through shaft, you really need the fancy head-puller gizmo. The head-puller gives you balanced, even tension as you work the shaft out of the head.

 

You could possibly rig up your own system, but it would be quite a bit of work to invent a puller that did the job - and didn't damage the head. Do you know any clubsmiths who would let you use their puller early on a Saturday morning?

 

Unless this will double as someone's school science project - building a puller - you're reinventing the wheel.

post #3 of 7

Not worth the hassle unless you're going to do it over and over. The guy that pulled my shaft, sheesh I hate saying that, charged me $25. That included shortening it, adding weight to the tip, new ferrule, reinstall and regrip, I provided the grip. When I commented that it was seemed cheap he laughed and said it's not even going to take him 15 fifteen minutes.

post #4 of 7
A good hydraulic puller is worth the investment if you like to tinker. Mine's paid for itself many times over.
post #5 of 7

The puller in the link below is fairly inexpensive.

 

http://www.golfworks.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_GW1112_A_cn_E_29

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

In fact, that device looks like a 'pusher'. Not sure how the shaft clamp is tightened but once shaft is clamped down, then black 3-pronged affair on left snugs up against ferrule or head itself and big threaded center screw is turned, thereby pushing the head off the shaft. Correct?

 

Look, if i lived where you do, i would surely get the gizmo. But i am stuck in the sticks, can you say 'Asia', where golf is 'heavy luxury' and no self-respecting luxury seeker would do such himself, so no DYI  golf fitter shops. 

 

Seems that once the epoxy gets hot and gooey, then a uniform, non-twisting, separation of head and shaft is the way to go. Whether push off or pull off, who cares? And if is shaft is unwanted, double 'who cares', as then i can twist off by hand.

 

And i suspect that once the epoxy is gooey then even my hands on the shaft and my feet on the head will be enough to effect the separation. Although the titanium head then may be a bit 'roasty on the toes'!

post #7 of 7

I pulled one from a cobra driver with the heat gun. Shaft bit it but the head was fine. I didn't care about the shaft. The shaft frayed and did not come out neat, I may have rushed it causing the damage but did not care. The head was good and I think I dremeled the hosel to get the residue out. I did not use a clamp either, I think I just pulled it out

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