Having the right tool makes any maintenance chore easier and Hog Slat’s Pen Vise is the perfect tool for cleaning clogged brooder and heater orifices.
Instead of looking for a piece of wire or a drill bit close to the right size, the Pen Vise keeps tapered cleaning needles at your fingertips. This tool features a screw-tightened jaw on one end with a 12-needle storage compartment on the opposite. An additional benefit; you’re not as likely to lose the five-inch long Pen Vise if you happen to drop it into the liter.
Dan Yates, the hands and voice in the video, has used the same Pen Vise for over five years. He offered these suggestions,“The needles taper down to a smaller size than we need for our applications. If you clip about 1/2″ off the end with a side cutter, you won’t bend the end like I did in the video.” “A needle is just a better tool than a drill bit for cleaning heater orifices. Repeated use of a drill bit can enlarge the hole causing a weak, yellow flame with poor combustion.”
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