Ken-Tool has released the Valve Breaker, a service tool it said that makes removing valve stems from demounted wheels easier and safer. Using a slide ram design to drive a heat-treated punch into the valve stem seat to pop it out of the rim, the Valve Breaker makes removing the stem quick and easy, stated Ken-Tool.
The tool includes a rubber safety-grip drive handle and a vibration-absorbing rubber grip on the outer tube. Pinching is prevented by a protective flange at the top of the tube. An energy-absorbing spring-loaded punch assembly protects the wheel while reducing shock to the operator’s hands.
The Valve Breaker is available in 27- or 45- in lengths, weighing 9 and 16 lbs, respectively.