hard-drive magnets for an apron

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Blog entry by metolius posted 06-12-2016 10:51 PM 1479 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When a hard-drive dies in one of my computers, I take it out and and pull it apart to get the magnets out.

Hard-drives have extremely strong and slim magnets. They end up in many useful places. One keeps my drill chuck in one spot… a half dozen hold notes and pictures.

I also have a couple on my shop apron. The magnet is on the inside and a metal washer is on the outside holding it in place.

It keeps my scribe knife nearby without putting a hole in the pocket. Sometimes they hold extra screws or some other ferous item. Its even strong enough to hold a wrench.

-- derek / oregon

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#1 posted 06-12-2016 11:34 PM

I also use these for all kinds of things. Sometime I manage to separate them from the metal bracket which makes them even more useful.

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#2 posted 06-13-2016 12:18 PM

I use them and grab them whenever I can. I find that I can hang a 12 inch crescent wrench on one very securely.
They are on the side of my tool cabinet and on an overhead tool board above my table saw as well as on each machine where I need a special tool kept handy.
Removing them from their brackets is quite easy, I just hold one end in a vise grip and bend the bracket with another pair of pliers. It sometimes seems that it didn’t separate, but ti was just the magnet still holding the bracket.
Be careful that you don’t allow these rare eart magnet to pinch you. Two of them can actually do serious damage to you.


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#3 posted 06-13-2016 01:10 PM

Good trick I would definitely avoid this if you have a pacemaker,magnets can cause serious problems with them.


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#4 posted 06-13-2016 08:04 PM

I have used these magnets for many years. You should also save the motors. They can be used as very smooth bearing for small projects such as lazy susans.

If your wife does a lot of knitting the motors can be placed between two 5” diam disks with a 1/2” diam dowel placed in the center of the top disk. Just place a skein of yarn on the dowel and the yarn will roll off the “yarn spinner” as it is being used.

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#5 posted 06-13-2016 10:31 PM

I haven’t succeeded in pulling out a motor. Looking at an HD carcass, it appears pressed in and I will need to bang it out. I suppose some are easier then others.

I’ll try harder.

-- derek / oregon

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