As mentioned in a current post, a cut-off rear axle shaft lends itself to making a great heavy duty drift or driving rod. 1'' solid steel driven with a 6 lb hammer made short work of any rough project in the body shop. I struck the end of one I had used for years about 2010. A piece of steel the size of a pea shot off the edge of the shaft and penetrated my abdomen, stopping just under the skin. A trip to the hospital, luckily it didn't go any deeper than the skin. A quick probe and a Tetanus shot and I was good to go.If the axle shaft you are using has started to flair out from being struck, cut it back to a clean end.
That goes for any struck tool, keep those ends cleaned up. sorry to hear about your ouch!
Yep! I've seen punches, wood splitting wedges, chisels, etc. with the head mushroomed to almost twice the size of the shaft. Scares the crap out of me. I always dress mine down when they just start to swell, just takes a minute that way. Dave
IIRC the famous 1930ís pilot Wiley Post lost his eye because of that. Not sure though if his story deters or promotes such practices...
I have several axle stubs by my Harbor Freight hydraulic press for use as drivers.
I use an old rear axle for putting in rivets. The dimple in the end is perfect for centering the rivet while I hit it with a BA hammer.
I set an axle up in a hole on the end of a workbench which allows me to mount a wheel when I want to work on it.
Here's a wheel where I've painted the steel and then sanded and varnished the spokes. You can't see the workbench but you see the end of the axle. When I'm not using it, I pull the axle out of the hole and set it aside. Works great!
Gary: Friend of mine had that happen with a wood splitting wedge. Went to the ER, doc took it out and would not give it to my friend. Said Law makes him send all metal pieces he takes out to State Lab to is if it was a part of a bullet. Did yours do that? Dan
When i was young Model T axels were used to stake down our buzz saw.Now we heat with corn and cherry pitts and do not need the old saw! Happy Veterns Day! Bud.
Dan Hatch: if they sent it off I never heard about it. Gary
Every farm in the Midwest had a few of them in the barn for various purposes. I remember the circus museum in Baraboo used them as tent stakes. A few months ago my wife and I stopped at a deli in Memphis and I found one on Madison Avenue driven into the ground to stake a tree recently planted. Still had the gear on the end.
I sharpen the ends of axle shafts and use them for toothpicks....