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Our Dead Blow Slide Hammer
is a versatile tool designed for removing dents from sax bodies as well
as making an excellent puller for stuck tuning slides.
Dead blow mallets or hammers have been used in the machinist's industry for
years and are designed with a hollowed out head that is filled with lead
shot or small pellets. At the moment of impact, the forward momentum of the lead shot
eliminates any bounce or rebound of the hammer head off of the surface
By adopting this same
principle to our slide hammer, we have filled the 'slider' with lead
shot, and the result provides a great improvement for dent removal.
Anyone who has used a slide hammer for removing dents has experienced
the bounce of the dent ball against the instrument at the moment of
impact. Our dead blow feature works to practically eliminate this
bounce, keeping the dent ball centered on the peak of the dent while
delivering a more forceful, solid blow to raise the dent.
Another unique feature to our tool that significantly
improves the dent raising action is the 'In-Line'
design of the 'J' Extension Arms. These arms are designed to
position the peak or working area of the dent ball 'in-line' with the
main shaft of the hammer section, thus allowing 100% of the impact and
driving force to go straight forward.
Other available slide hammers have extension arms that
are offset, positioning the dent ball away from the hammer's center line
and causing the entire tool to deflect off center at the moment of
impact, resulting in a loss of both control and power.
With hook and rope (not pictured) the
slide hammer becomes an excellent slide puller. The rope is made of spectra which has practically no stretch,
providing solid, positive pulling action.
The 'L' extension works great for leveling tone holes, providing access right up to the tone hole
Also included is a 'straight' extension for driving dents out in a
forward (rather than pulling) motion, especially useful when a dent is
accessible by going through a tone hole.