This is the Soldier B HubHelper that I designed and produce to make the job of removing hubs/brake drums easier and more manageable when working by yourself and I'm happy to now offer them for the 2.5 ton and 10 ton trucks. This tool helps save your back from hefting the heavy and awkward brake drum/hub when working on brakes or wheel seals and holds the assembly up in the air while you change out bearing races, wheel seals, brake shoes, or wheel cylinders. It then gently glides back into place (if the working surface is smooth) onto the spindle without the worry of rolling the lip of the wheel seal. The 5 ton version is out in the field and I'm getting good feedback on their usage. I've personally used my first HubHelper to redo all my brakes and some of my wheel seals by myself and it makes the job a snap!
The first 2.5 ton prototype was tested on an M35A2 with no problems and its 2-piece design allows it to be shipped via a $19.95 flat rate USPS priority mail box.
The 10-ton version has been designed, but has not yet made it through production to get mounted to an actual M123/M125. Stay tuned for pictures of the 10-ton tool when it's finished.
Prices and options:
2.5 ton - $90 + $19.95 shipping
5 ton - $90 + quoted shipping
10 ton - $95 + quoted shipping
Powder coating is an option at $18 and the following colors are available:
safety yellow (the most popular)
battle ship gray
dark industrial green (like a cast dodge bearing)
Usage of the HubHelper tool:
The HubHelper is NOT designed to lift or support the axle off of the ground. Once the axle is supported with the wheel removed the HubHelper first mounts to your floor jack (the floor jack must have a round hole in the mounting plate and not a d-shape hole) with a 1" or 3/4" or smaller bolt with a washer and then it mounts to your hub where the wheel mounts and uses lug nuts to secure itself to the wheel mounting surface. The outer face of the HubHelper will have heavily chamfered holes to mate with the tapered side of the lug nuts. On the rear axle the axle shaft will have to be unbolted to allow the hub to freely rotate so that the lug studs can line up with the HubHelper holes. Once the spindle nuts are removed the entire assembly simply pulls straight back on the floor jack wheels and then straight back on when finished with the repair. By leaving the HubHelper just loose enough that it can be swiveled on the floor jack by hand and can rock just slightly the tool is allowed to compensate for misalignment between the axle and floor jack by the user's minute adjustments via the upper grasping ring. This ring can also be used to lift up a hub assembly with an engine hoist or similar tool.
*This 2-piece 5 ton version is currently in design and will be available shortly with the benefit of reduced shipping cost.