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In the northeast the rust can really change how certain jobs go. In this case removing a brake drum can be a real pain. Using a puller can be a real game changer.
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99 thoughts on “Must have rotor drum removal tool”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robs Device Unknown says:

    Man I am SOOOO glad i live in Georgia. I couldn't handle working on rust belt cars.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dewey do do says:

    when i see that dust from brake drum removal, I think asbestos .

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wes Hawkins says:

    I’ve had one of those for about 60 years. Damn good puller.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CrimeVid says:

    Put a bit of timber in the centre of the drum and HIT it (after applying a little heat) Shouldn’t take too much ! I’ve never seen a drum remover in use before !

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars paul joey says:

    Cool

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dan says:

    Bought one of these year ago. Thought I'd hardly use it. Wow, was I wrong.

    Only complaint was they didn't want to always grab the drum, but a little touch with the angle grinder to make sure the grip surface was flat fixed that…

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Bell says:

    I will never again buy any car with drum brakes

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars plasmahead2 says:

    I really wished you lived closer to Albany…
    That being said, can I trade welding work for automotive work? I have an 88 ford 250 that I want to keep forever and I can weld any metal on a car that you come across. Im close to albany but id travel to do whatever welding work you might come across if you would be up for it.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mightywasp 12 says:

    I needed this tool for my dads Colorado truck. I could not take them off with a passion.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 317eltoro says:

    Thank you I will get mine

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Pickett says:

    Looks handy, and usable on any type of drum brake (the one where the studs and bearings are in the drum (Euro cars, older Subarus) or the type where the drum sits on a spindle). While in Europe, I used a bolt-down puller on my old Renault (it's a studs-in-drum type) because the drum was stuck when one shoe's friction material came away from the backing (they're bonded, not riveted) and jammed into the other shoe. It's a common problem with those types of bonded shoes and no amount of backing off the adjuster could do anything to free it. Apparently some Ford trucks with ZF automatics have the parking brake drum mounted to the back of the transmission, and those also have bonded shoes which can come apart and jam up after years of use (especially in the rust belt), even if the brakes are seldom used and there's plenty of material left. Not a good design, IMO. Rivets usually don't fail spontaneously like the bonded type does.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars alanryderb says:

    No air lines died in the making of this video

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dchawk81 says:

    This happened to my semi. I wedged my floor jack between the frame and the lip of the drum and eventually got it to pop.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Smith says:

    I enjoy watching your channel I have been a mechanic for 40 years and find tips you share helpful. The funny thing is my father grew up in Avoca and my grand parents did as well and lived there their whole lives. I spent many summers there and many February vacations there too.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris says:

    Like your stuff. Subscribed this morning. In one of your videos you were having tech issues. You might want to reach out to fellow Youtuber's: JTC (Jayz two cents) or LTT (Linus Tech Tips). I would be shocked if they wouldn't give you good advice on audio/video/lighting equipment and some useful tips. Just a thought.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Crusader says:

    Good show old bean!!!

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Relay TeK says:

    Good tool to have, saves a lot of beating, prying and it saves the day….!

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Yeltsin Rodriguez says:

    Actually I bought that tool and doesn’t work for me a Chelsea and hammer do the whole job

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars gertry berty says:

    WHAT!? not the CLASSIC !??

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tracy Hawley says:

    Asbestos dust and no mask. How bad can it be?

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars like a rock cm says:

    Wonder why you can't rent a specific tool like this one?

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars onenikkione says:

    Life is easier with the right tools

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars another640 says:

    Remember last time when you`ve used it you made some insane sounds and your hose was cutted off)). This time you secured it

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Chiodetti says:

    Tool does the job.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert F says:

    Hard to tell but are the shoe's in the wrong position

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DullOnion says:

    Another great video sir…

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ToughAncientSpark says:

    Yes, we here in The Great Industrial Northeast have our own set of special issues to deal with vehicles and create our own custom set of removal tools!😂

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars I Paddle My Own Canoe. says:

    That's good. Little tool. Definitely going to have one if you doing a lot of great jobs. 👍👍🙂🇨🇦

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars john beckett says:

    Good advice with the wheel nut 😀

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Remco W says:

    I bought that tool a couple of years ago because you used it in one of your videos where the drum went flying. I'm not a pro but help people out where I can so have done a fair bit of drum brakes. In CT, stuff gets stuck but any tool that can make a drum fly belongs in my shop. 🙂

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steven Claggett says:

    I remember using a sledge hammer to destroy rear drums on a 60 something Dodge 4X4. Had to remove in pieces.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars erg0centric says:

    It's a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand why it doesn't have disk brakes.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Farris says:

    If Eric didn’t clarify in his comment that Big Nasty was still around, there would have been some disappointed fans.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Glenn Young says:

    Thank you for your videos please keep them coming.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Flanagan says:

    Damn rust-belt cars!

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BADD400 CB700 drums says:

    Big nasty to strong for that. Using light sauce air hammer lol

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars derek palmer says:

    your not worried by asbestos then as you did not wear a mask

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Don Kaiser says:

    Didn't even need to use "Big Nasty"!

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Johannemann says:

    As the adage states, you need to spend money to make money. Very informational video as always, thank you.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Keel says:

    We can buy new drums but not new lungs!

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Keel says:

    No asbestos dust mask?

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Torsee says:

    Hey Mr. O
    How is Mrs. O’s van doing with the new brakes?
    I am about due for van brakes.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Will Hollatz says:

    Okay Mr New York mechanic been watching your videos now for maybe a month going back a few years I thought you were good mechanic where's the rivet on those brake shoes that just proves my point got to stop watching you too like every other hack mechanic out there I thought you were good

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SeymourPipeline says:

    Whenever I find a set of then that are really stuck, I cut the pins off in the back that hold the shoes in place. Just doing that really seems to help a lot.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars five0pd310 says:

    Dang…that looked simple.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars R R says:

    Are you sure that adjustable is big enough? 🙂

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars George Bell says:

    👍