Custom Header Builds Just Got FUN!

As most of you may know, building custom headers is a major trial and error process. Massive amounts of time and material are wasted due to micro adjustments and tack welding, only to find your header is in contact with a frame rail or another element in your cramped engine bay. The cost of your job is rising faster than your blood pressure and your scrap pile isn’t getting any smaller. After hours in the shop with little progress, you find yourself back at the drawing board looking for a solution. The guys at Icengineworks know this process all too well and have come up with a header building system that puts the FUN back in fabrication. Some fabricators call it cheating, however if you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’, right?

Icengineworks provides 3 categories of products that simplify the header building process. Their most popular product is the Header Modeling Blocks. These time saving blocks allow you to simulate an exhaust runner using plastic blocks built to specific radii and OD. Adapt your runner to the header flange on your motor and precisely maneuver around obstacles in your engine bay until you have created a model of your custom headers. This eliminates cut and weld adjustments that waste both time and material. Once you have a block model of your custom headers, use the Icengineworks Tube Cutting Jigs to cut pre bent U and J bends to match the radii of your block model. When you have all your pieces, recruit Icengineworks’ Tack Weld Clamps to get the job done.  Clamp and position your pieces to create the final product by using these easy to use clamps.

The video below explains and demonstrates how the Icengineworks system can save you both time and money. This video was shot at the 2015 PRI Show and highlights the major advantages of the Icengineworks products.

Bend-Tech Dragon Tube Cutting and Marking System

When first introduced to the Bend-Tech Dragon Plasma Notcher, it didn’t take us long to figure out how it got its name. Its unique beast-like figure looks intimidating and the sparks from the plasma cutter replicate the breathing of fire. These characteristics are vastly similar the the fictional beast, making the Dragon a perfect name for this hardcore Plasma Notcher.

It’s accuracy and capabilities are unlike any animal we’ve seen, almost as if it’s unreal. The Dragon is capable of taking full length tubing, cutting it to length, notching the end profile, marking holes or slots as needed, and marking any bend locations with rotation and degrees; something you wont find in any other plasma notcher.

Included with the Bend-Tech Dragon is two powerful software packages; Bend-Tech Industrial and Bend-Tech Dragon Software. Working side by side, these products will allow you to create 3D CAD designs from scratch or convert from SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, Inventor, PRO Engineer, etc. into a readable format for the machine. Dragon Software will automatically create your cutting, marking and etching paths directly from Bend-Tech Industrial and comes with a nesting ability to allow several parts on the same stock tube.

Check out the video below and see this nonfictional machine in action. This video was shot at the Trick-Tools booth during the 2015 SEMA Show and highlights some of the major characteristics that make the Dragon a necessity in a production environment.

The Gift of Mobility

Millions of people in this world are in desperate need of mobility because of landmines, polio and other diseases, birth defects, and amputations.  It is a life-changing event to go from dragging oneself in the dirt and mud to having three wheels to go wherever one wants to go!   An amazing group of volunteers called PET, short for Personal Energy Transportation, can turn a $250 donation into a no-cost Gift of Mobility to the recipient. Watch this news story, filmed just a few miles down the road from us.

At the local PET IA-Leighton affiliate, the sturdy steel frame construction is partially constructed using a Dake Coldsaw, Femi Bandsaw and Multitool Grinder. The PET is a wheelchair that goes where wheelchairs can’t go! To date more than 30,000 PETs have been distributed in over 90 countries and production from PET affiliates all over the country continues to grow.

We applaud the excellent work and generosity of our local PET! For additional info see these links:

WisdomStoves.org : Trick Tools Interview with the Founder

At trick tools we pride ourselves on providing quality tools for anyone that needs them. It is always a pleasure to provide the tools but in certain instances it makes us just a bit more proud to know our tools are being used to improve the quality of lives for those that need it most.

wisdom stoves improving the lives of kenyans

Nathan Puffer founded WisdomStoves.org as a Vermont based non-profit committed to providing the people of Kenya with improved indoor air quality, financial stability and an improved quality of life through the distribution of wood gasification cook stoves. Gasification is the process of extracting and burning gases from wood, eliminating smoke and providing the user with a very safe and improved fire, versus the traditional three stone fire.

Traditionally, Kenyan women cook on an open three stone fire located on the dirt floor of their homes, which range from mud huts to less common homes built of hand split stones. These fires are built when there is a need to cook, typically twice a day and then extinguished when the cooking is complete. The women must endure the continuous smoke within the interior of the home, often affecting the young children in the home as well. Another option for cooking is the traditional jiko, which is a small charcoal burning stove made of steel with a clay insert. The Kenyan families purchase this fuel at 50 cents per day which is roughly 25% of the average daily income. Wisdom Stoves offers an economical alternative that is much safer and burns cleaner.

Trick Tools in use in Kenya

Trick Tools in use in Kenya

We recently had the opportunity to interview Nathan Puffer and this is what he had to say.

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