This is where the favorite tool in my box comes out to play. That tool is a "Power Probe III" and if you do not have one in your shop, you should. It is a DVOM, test light, polarity checkerand jumper wires all in one. It is equipped with a rocker switch that allows you to provide power or ground to a circuit, as well as an alligator clip to provide a constant known good ground. Last week, I had a beltloader where the conveyor would not move.
MAINTENANCE MATTERS A Few of My Favorite Things By Scott Strong, manager of Some recommended tools for the shop training and compliance, Global Aviation Services LLC icture this if you will: a piece of equipment with could not function. After repairing the wire, this unit was P a gremlin in the electrical system. We have all seen it in the shop — or worse yet — been the back in service. In an hour this repair was diagnosed and completed, and without the power probe would have taken guy tasked with finding the problem on a 20-year-old piece dramatically longer. of equipment where all of the wires are the same color Another tool in my box that many GSE techs overlook is and the wiring diagram that we have is probably accurate, the needle adaptor for the end of our grease guns. I do not or at least close. mean the needle designed to pierce tie rod end boots, but the Laying out around the piece of equipment is a set of dull-pointed needle that can be used to push in the ball on the jumper cables that we are using to provide a good power end of a grease fitting and then fill the fitting. Many dollies, and ground. We also have our DVOM, test light and a bag carts and loaders have grease fittings that are hard, if not mess of jumper wires. impossible, to reach. With this tool even hard-to-reach fittings This is where the favorite tool in my box comes out are accessible and, by the way, our gun is not now stuck on to play. That tool is a “Power Probe III” and if you do not the fitting. The NAPA part number for this tool is #715-1251. have one in your shop, you should. It is a DVOM, test Many of the younger guys in our industry have never light, polarity checker and jumper wires all in one. It is seen a refractometer, but this i
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