BMG’s extensive range of tools and equipment now encompasses the versatile Slogging Hammer and Wheel Slogger, developed and manufactured locally by precision engineering and tooling specialists, Slogging International.
‘The new Slogging Hammer and Wheel Slogger series, which is used to loosen and tighten bolts and nuts quickly and easily, also improves safety for operators,’ explains Andrew Johns, business unit manager, tools and equipment – BMG. ‘There are many advantages of this system over conventional slogging methods. Productivity is significantly improved because downtime is minimal and these tools are handled easily, safely and efficiently by a single operator. When the Slogging Hammer is used in combination with the Wheel Slogger, applications are significantly extended.
‘The Slogging Hammer was originally designed to improve operator safety when loosening bolts and nuts by traditional methods – hammer and slogging spanner. A wheel version was subsequently developed to improve the operation of pipe and spanner, synonymous with the loosening of commercial vehicle wheel nuts.
‘The Slogging Hammer is suitable for use in diverse industries, including mining, chemical and petrochemical plants, agriculture, construction and civil engineering, as well as in power stations, shipping and offshore oil rigs. This versatile tool, in Wheel Slogger version, enables the safe and effortless loosening of nuts and bolts in earthmoving equipment, as well as military, freight and commercial vehicles.’
Safety features of the Slogging Hammer include a built-in hand-grip, which means there is no need for the operator’s hand to be near the impact zone and an eye bolt prevents accidents in overhead working conditions. No heavy lifting is necessary, as only the shaft weight needs to be managed. This tool is used easily in confined spaces and in areas that are normally difficult to access. The Slogging Hammer provides greater direct impact, ensuring the job is completed quickly and safely, with fewer blows than with conventional methods.
The Slogging Hammer is available from BMG in four size configurations from M16 to M76 and in models for open air, underground, spark free and under water environments.
The open air range is constructed with an aluminium tube and steel impact head, while the spark-free design uses a copper impact head.
The underground range is available in standard with stainless steel tube and steel impact head and also in spark-free with stainless steel tube and copper impact head, ensuring a safe solution for use in potentially explosive areas in underground mining, power stations and petrochemical industries.
The underwater configuration for marine enterprises and offshore oil rig operations has a stainless steel tube, handle and impact head and a nylon nut. Only one diver is required to complete the task,
Slogging Hammers are supplied by BMG in an optional convenient carry bag. A range of OEM compliant spanners and accessories, including ¾” and 1” socket extensions is also available, as well as wearing part spares, including bobbins, retaining rings, pins and impact heads.
When a Slogging Hammer is applied in the Wheel Slogger variation, a single operator is able to safely loosen, tighten and torque wheel nuts for the quick release and replacement of the damaged tyre. The operator can also be confident that the torque applied meets the manufacturer’s specifications and the risks associated with overtightening are mitigated. Standard torque settings are 450, 550, 600 and 650 Nm, but custom torques up to 1 000 Nm can be accommodated on request.
This system has been well received by all facets of the transport sector, particularly on large trucks, buses, long distance haulers, agricultural and military vehicles.
With this system, there is minimal downtime and there is no need to incur the costs of calling for assistance to change wheels. The Wheel Slogger has a built-in footplate for operation on any surface. All torque settings on the tool are controlled by OEM specified torque clips, which means no calibration is required, even after years of usage.
BMG’s extensive range of tools and related equipment is used to enhance reliability of equipment in all industries. The company’s extensive branch network offers a technical advisory and support service to ensure the correct product is selected for each specific application.