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How to use a nut splitter

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Select a suitable size nut splitter for the nut you want to remove. The first thing you must do is select an appropriate nut splitter for the nut you want to remove. This means you will have to select a nut splitter of a suitable size for the nut as well as a design capable of giving you access.

Step 1 – Unscrew chisel

Unscrew and push back the chisel until you can fit the nut inside the frame of the nut splitter. Turn the screw head of the nut splitter in an anti-clockwise direction and push the chisel back into the handle of the nut splitter until you can fit the nut between the chisel and the anvil. If the screw is stiff to turn you will have to use a correspondingly sized spanner or socket to do this.

Step 2 – Position chisel

The chisel of the nut splitter should line up square and in the centre of the nuts flat. Place the frame of the nut splitter over the nut and line the anvil and chisel up with the nut’s flats. Make sure the chisel is positioned in the centre of the nut’s flat and is square to it.

Step 3 – Tighten chisel

Turning the screw of a nut splitter in a clockwise direction will push the chisel into the nut. Turn the head of the screw in a clockwise direction to tighten the chisel and pinch the nut between the chisel and the anvil of the nut splitter. Continue turning the screw so that the chisel begins to cut into the nut, but stop once you hear a crack as the nut splits.
Screw head of a nut splitter being turned by a socket and ratchet. You will have to use a socket or spanner on the head of the screw in order to get the torque (turning force) required to turn it.
Nut splitter handle held by adjustable spanner You may also have to hold the nut splitter in place while you tighten the screw. It can sometimes be easier to do this using an adjustable spanner on the nut splitter’s handle.

Step 4 – Unscrew chisel

Unscrewing and removing the chisel of a nut splitter from a nut that has been split. Turn the screw head of the nut splitter in an anti-clockwise direction and push the chisel back into the handle of the nut splitter until it is free from the nut.
Wonkee Donee says: "If your nut splitter has an attached chisel you will not need to push the chisel back."

Step 5 – Repeat on other side

Repeat steps 2-4 to split the other side of the nut If your nut splitter only has one chisel you may have to repeat steps 2-4 with the chisel cutting into the opposite side flat of the nut.