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Flax Tool On Shaft

Making this tool took less than five minutes but can really save time and headaches. To build this device I decided to use a short piece of 1-1/4 inch PVC pipe with about 1/3 of it cut out so it would fit over my shaft.

I left just enough material so it could clip itself onto the shaft and stay in place without hand holding.

For this process I cut the 1-1/4 inch PVC pipe to 2-1/2 inches long. I then inserted this 2-1/2 inch piece into my bench vise and used a hack saw to make two more cuts. These cuts removed just enough of the 1-1/4 inch PVC to create the device.

You're probably wondering why I used 1 1/4 inch PVC if I had a 1 inch prop shaft? Well.. I used it because it's all I had on hand and I also own a heat gun so it was very easy to heat the PVC and wrap it around a piece of scrap 1 inch dodger tubing for a perfect heat formed fit. If you don't own a heat gun dropping PVC into boiling water will soften it enough to "mold" it..

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Guest 16-Mar-2012 15:30
hey, great tips, thanks,, i am putting a yanmar pmx6 into my 15 foot boat, and i am going to use this systym,, looking forward to working on it now,, thanks again.,,,
Don C 02-Aug-2011 04:51
Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to create this very useful instruction