Pin removal tool?

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  1. KevinSig

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    So I bought a used Xtransbots that was damaged by the post office, good news is the post covered what I paid minus shipping. Better news, Xtransbots sent me replacement parts to fix my issues.

    Problem is, it requires removal of pins, so I can take it apart. I inquired as to what tool I need, and was told I need something they called an professional axis removal tool.

    Any clue what this is? I found some things that look like the could maybe work, but I think are intended for electronics.

    JRready TL00 Pin Removal Tools Harting Extraction Tool for remove HARTING, TE Han DD Heavy Duty connectors (09990000012) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M66HR2N/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_W88SRDQ03KVTNRB8P6ZB

    I’ve heard of people using tools for removing watch pins, but I’m not certain that will help me. Any advice what tool I need?
     
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    That's the wrong tool mainly because the pin puncher diameter is too big. Most standard pins are 2mm in size, but some run as small as 1mm or so. The pin puncher obviously cannot be larger than the pin, otherwise, you'll destroy the hinge joint.

    If you can't eyeball pinsize, use a digital caliper and measure. Then find a puncher size preferably smaller than it (same is still somewhat risky but doable).

    This is one set by Go Better although I'm weary because the plastic is 3d printed:
    Go Better Studio GX-28 GX28 Dismantling Tool Pin Remover (Shaft remover, axle remover) for toy figures Upgrade Kit
     
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    Sounds like there are multiple pins on the figure that you need to remove. Wouldn't hurt to take photos and draw arrows to where the pins are, so that those of us with the figure might be able to tell you the size of the pins.

    I would highly recommend you practice punching pins out on a cheap junker transformer, before going onto the real deal. Better to gain some experience first, so that you'll be more confident and better at it.

    Tips: heat up the area with a hair dryer to soften the plastic, which will make the pin removing much easier.

    Make sure you punch out the pin by punching the side of the pin that does not have the rough texture. Pins are designed to go in and out only one way.

    Sometimes it's hard to tell which side it is, so you'll just have to punch out the pin a little bit first, to better see the pin and if it has the rough surface area or not. If you see that the pin that sticks out is the rough side, then you did it the right way. If it does not have rough texture, punch it back in and go the other side to remove it.

    Learn to position the figure to minimize any stress that the punching will cause.

    I have only removed pins a handful of times. Used a micro philips screwdriver, the kind you get in a cheap set one can find in a dollar store. And some pliers, to pull out the pin, once enough of it is punched out. Can't even remember if I used a hammer or not.
     
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    Regardless of which option you choose, don't go above 2mm or 0.0787 in.

    If you don't see a measurement, then skip.
     
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    As someone said, be sure your punch is not larger than the hole. You will widen /damage the hole and be unable to put a pin back in. I realllllly wish someone had told me this. In fact, practice on something you don’t care about first.

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    Watch pin removal tools are perfect. Spring
    Loaded ones work great.
    Good tip - get some Playdoh or Sculpty polymer clay. Place the figure on that when pushing out pins. It’s soft enough to give without breaking the figure but dense enough to provide support and hold it in place. Resting the figure on wood or the table etc there’s a good chance you’ll crack the plastic.
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    An automatic centre-punch can also be used for removing the pins, or at least getting them far enough that you can grip them with a pair of pliers. Functions much the same but obviously doesn't have a flat tip (a file could change that if you're keen).

    Just don't try to use said punch to re-insert the pins. It can and will slide around when the pin isn't properly fixed, potentially sliding off and gouging your figure - or your hand.

    You can buy cheap enough sets of jeweller's punches, complete with mallet, which work well for re-assembly. I think the set I use cost less than AU$30. Probably not to the quality you'd want when working on a Rolex (I wouldn't trust the strength or "true-ness" of any of the punches under 1mm in diameter) but certainly good enough for Megatron.
     
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    This is what I use and it works great. I used to use a small screwdriver heat the plastic up with a hair dryer, or heat the pin with a soldering iron, like a caveman. An automatic(spring loaded)center punch is absolutely the way to go!
     
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