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Can someone identify these front panel fixings/tool required?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Whaleblue, Jan 24, 2020.

  1. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    From the photo below.

    There are six of them holding the front panel in place. The tool will be a six pronged affair I suppose looking at them.

  2. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    More likely two-pronged, like a two-pronged fork.
    If they are the usual type, you can carefully remove them with a small screwdriver or similar, in one of the indents. They usually lock/unlock 90 degrees apart.
  3. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    It's some kind of security screw, we use similar ones at work but I think they have 5 prongs.

    A pair of cutters should grip the head and unscrew them then replace with Allen headed bolts as you are bound to damage them.

  4. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    For complex reasons, I really need to get them off and back on undamaged!
  5. thebiglebowski

    thebiglebowski pfm Member

    needle nose pliers should work.
  6. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    Use a small screwdriver, CAREFULLY.
    They are often not threaded but have two grooves or a slot that locates on one or two pins.
  7. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    Is that a Japanese male line head screw? I can't quite see the picture

  8. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    Well I haven't seen that type before and can't see anything similar in a Google search.

    Hopefully someone else has seen them.

  9. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Better image helpful?

  10. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    I’m more than happy to buy the right tool to get these off/on! Amazon or other link would be fabulous if anyone knows the tool to use!
  11. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

  12. misterdog

    misterdog Not the canine kind

  13. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    The Japanese ones are obsolete I believe, if that's what it is. As @misterdog says, circlip pliers ought to do it...
  14. garyi

    garyi leave blank

  15. garyi

    garyi leave blank

    That being said it looks like yours might be huge
  16. miktec

    miktec unissued

  17. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Thanks chaps. I think Barry has it.

    Need to work out the size I need. These bolts measure, as best I can, to be 1cm if one was measuring the tool’s opposite point centres.
  18. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Indeed , obscure ( for this country) tamper resistant. Looks like the orange handled item is the required tool-


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