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Author Topic: Kite Mate spar removal tool. Who sells them?  (Read 1590 times)
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« on: March 06, 2012, 12:30 PM »

The things one takes for granted until they are gone.
Used to have several of these stuck in kite bags and hanging off line cards. Now I can't find out who might carry them. For those who may not know what I'm talking about. It's a small thingy that straddles the spar and you can push it under the spreader and breaks the seal, allowing one to pull it out rather easily.
I might ask. If not this tool, what do others use? Brute force!?Wink

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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2012, 01:08 PM »

I carry a 40mm~ish section of vinyl tubing, the black stuff we used to use for spreader connectors cut diagonally across from about half way. Place it over the spar with the cut end against the connector and push on the uncut end with your thumb.

Some winders have a notch for pushing connectors off too.
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2012, 01:11 PM »

Found one of them kicking around a seldom used kite bag last week,  So far as i know they are no longer being made.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2012, 01:48 PM »

Good ideal Ian. I've been thinking along similar lines.
I did find mention of them and photos on anouther list. But it was from 2009.
My wife is on O2 and they also worked great for taking her hose apart.
Off to drawing board I guess. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2012, 02:45 PM »

You mean one of these?

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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2012, 03:15 PM »

Yep!! Now I know where the world supply of them are!
Looks like my stash of them before the fire. Sad
Good gadget. Can't believe it isn't to be found down here now.

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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2012, 03:57 PM »

I have two and might have one more in a kitebag.
PM me your address.
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2012, 05:07 PM »

stole this from the kitchen many-many years ago



works great on those old school kites, (if you have any) with vinyl tubing, and also on those cold days
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2012, 05:53 PM »

Jerry,
PM sent
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2012, 03:45 AM »

Hi Jamez,

You can use Climax/Ockert winders too.

They have two holes on their top for 6 mm and 8 mm spars and can be used as equalizer too...  Wink

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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2012, 04:28 AM »

I'm not a new guy to kites but I never knew how those things worked so I just managed without them. I'm not sure how the vinyl tubing trick works either. I'm more of a picture guy than a word guy.
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2012, 05:28 AM »

Not sure if I'm smart enough to use the climax winder to remove spars either!! Wink
But can't ever have enough McGyver tools ha
  Supprised more don't use the kite mate. Makes for simple one hand separation.
I'll post a picture of "how they work" when I get one.
(it this thread don't get pulled:)
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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2012, 10:38 AM »

Not sure if I'm smart enough to use the climax winder to remove spars either!! Wink

The Climax winder is more simple to use than the Kite mate IMHO because you don't have to put the tool between the spar and the Leading Edge connector.

The Kite mate can damage wrapped spars too.  Sad
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2012, 12:58 PM »

Hi Tataouine,

I don't understand how it works without going between the spar and fitting ? I keep looking at winder and sadly coming up empty. Smiley
I'm always open to learning something new, especially if better than the way I've been doing it.
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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2012, 01:08 PM »

I don't understand how it works without going between the spar and fitting ? I keep looking at winder and sadly coming up empty. Smiley

You have only to put the spar into one hole ( 6 mm or 8 mm) of the winder.

Then hold the spar with one hand and push the winder with the other hand.
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