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But they don't come with the same standard flange that fits on the pratt read butt. luckily I have one of those and I've pushed the pin out. I can use that flange if want to use a new shank and the old hammer head

Yet I can't get an assortment of pins to be sure I have a larger one if I just want to change the pin on the old butt that probably needs repinning. I have to order a whole lot of pins the same diameter and hope I have the size right. Why is that? very frustrating!

I put this here because I don't want techs to tell me how simple this is, yet I can't do it myself. The vendor policy seems to run that way to answer my own question I guess.

Does anyone know offhand what the normal diameter of a standard new flange pin is and can I believe you? Thank you.

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Originally Posted by harpon
But they don't come with the same standard flange that fits on the pratt read butt. luckily I have one of those and I've pushed the pin out. I can use that flange if want to use a new shank and the old hammer head
Yet I can't get an assortment of pins to be sure I have a larger one if I just want to change the pin on the old butt that probably needs repinning. I have to order a whole lot of pins the same diameter and hope I have the size right. Why is that? very frustrating!
I put this here because I don't want techs to tell me how simple this is, yet I can't do it myself. The vendor policy seems to run that way to answer my own question I guess.
Does anyone know offhand what the normal diameter of a standard new flange pin is and can I believe you? Thank you.


This job is really simple, yet you can’t do this yourself.

Center pins come in a variety of sizes from 18- 30. But you can’t do this yourself without a micrometer.

Center pins are sold by the ounce. About 100 or more per pack.

But you can’t do this yourself without measuring the center pin that came out.

The normal diameter of a flange pin is whatever the manufacturer decides it is; from 18-30. If you are not a hammer butt manufacturer you can’t do this yourself.

Then as a technician, I decide which pin is appropriate to fit the flange. As a non-technician you can’t do this yourself.


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