Auto Service Professional

FEB 2016

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63 | February 2016 Sonic CV boot clamp tool Not just another clamp tool By Mike Mavrigian S onic Tools is a manufacturer based in the Netherlands, with a U.S. head- quarters in Alabama. I admit that I only recently became aware of the frm. The width and breadth of their line rivals any of the major tool providers that you may have dealt with. From screwdrivers to pneumatics to tool storage and everything in-between, they make it. Their catalog is absolutely mind-blowing. Total control Choosing only one tool from their exten- sive line seemed insurmountable, but I decided to initially try a seemingly simple tool to start off, their CV boot clamp tensioner tool (P/N 805018). How can a band clamp tool seem interesting enough to review? That's what I thought at the beginning. This specialty tool is superbly designed for the task. Instead of relying on grip power to compress and cinch the clamp, no squeezing is needed. The design features a ratchet tension winding mechanism. Simply place the jaw tips onto the clamp and insert a 3/8-inch drive ratchet. Turn the ratchet clockwise (tightening mode) to easily and accurately squeeze the clamp tight to proper tension. It's obvious that someone invested a bit of time in the design of this little guy. The tool provides total control, with no hand- numbing stress. Once you begin to tighten, the jaws remain in place and tension is created as you tighten with the ratchet. It's that simple. The futed grip is easily unthreaded and removed if it's in the way, Tool Review The grip handle is easily removed where clamp access is tight. The Dutch-made Sonic Tools' CV boot clamp tensioner tool, P/N 805018, provides a grip handle for a secure hold during clamp tightening.

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