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Handle doesn't lock. It seems the insert on the body which provides the thread for the handle to lock has degraded. A new insert costs 48p + VAT.
Part No 97990030410 the 6mm version.

A few more call to R&T and Liskeard to be told the insert comes out with an alan key, but no luck. Finding size and direction, suggest slot for screwdriver.


After about 10 calls to various people, Guy at Shtil's said I was correct in insisting there was no option for an alan key and it would require force. So I hammered in a square file and low and bhold it's coming out. I've sawn a grove in the top so it can be removed with a screw driver.Chew up the inner thread or cramming it with metal offcuts didn't work.
Now will grind away the top and insert it upside down. OK that worked, well haven't tried the machine yet?

Purchased three replacement parts from Power Quip, Liskeard. Tel 01579 345307 £3.73 inc P&P

June 13th
Inserts arrived:
new inserts

I had wondered after ordering if I really wanted three, but first off the hatchet job I did broke a couple times, the handle came away from body whilst working, and though I refastened it came apart again, only on the next attempt to get it fitted I noticed a) the nut on the screw thread had jammed in the slot that was designed to keep it from rotating so the handle wouldn't seat deep enough and the spring was missing from between the handle and body.

Found the spring the following day,13th, after scrabbling around in the shredded undergrowth with a large magnet, but found in by sight, light and shiny.

On the hack job: From the image toy can see the flange at the top that I had cut a slot into for easier removal, which I then field down to use the insert upside down.

On the hex alan key removal design, this is now visible, but not as described, it is not at the top or the bottom as the inattentive person may view. Though with a damaged thread any view is possible, like the fact that I saw no evidence of the hex design, which goes through the whole thread: and in doing so reduces it's grip drastically.

Here's an image of a modified insert with the slot to use as replacement on next failure.
insert sloted

This next image compares the supplied insert with the final modification. Note the flange has been filed away so it can be inserted upside down. Note also the wide slot in what is usually the base, but was useful to be able to screw the insert out :)

compare modified inserts

In replacing the insert I cleaned out the receiving thread hole which came up with a spiral of metal which is more likely to have come from the casing when the insert is screwed in.


11/06/18 @ 14:26

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