Socket Extension Tool provides less twist and more torque.

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TORQUE-TUBE(TM) is built of alloy material and finished with black oxide coating. Male and female hardened end pieces are precision welded to high-strength tubular shaft, which stands up to high torque sockets and impact wrenches. Tool is available in 12, 18, 24, and 30 in. lengths of 1/2 in. drive.

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Less Twist, More Torque: American Torque Tool Introduces Patented TORQUE-TUBE Socket Extension

DILLINGHAM, AK - Dec. 10, 2002 -- For Joseph Valela, necessity was indeed the mother of invention. The former mechanic has just patented a new tubular socket extension tool, TORQUE-TUBE(TM) (U.S. patent #6035747,, that delivers more torque than its solid counterparts. Valela hit upon the idea as a mechanic in bush Alaska when traditional socket extensions left him in the lurch.

"I had tried to prepare myself with the best tools I could find because there is no help in the Alaskan wilderness if something goes wrong. One day I was working on a '78 Ford 4x4 and a bellhousing bolt wouldn't come out," said Joseph Valela, TORQUE-TUBE creator and president of American Torque Tool. "I needed a long extension to reach the bolt, so I tried my MAC TOOL, SNAP-ON and Craftsman extensions. The bolt wouldn't budge. My extensions were twisting and not delivering enough impact or torque."

Those twisting extension shafts gave Valela an idea. Because solid socket extension tools twisted, absorbing torque themselves, torque to the bolt is diminished. It was impossible to turn the bolt hard enough to break it loose. But what if there were a socket extension that would absorb less torque and deliver more power?

"I took my Craftsman extension to the machine shop, chopped it to pieces and made a mini driveshaft out of it by machining the ends, installing them in a tubular shaft and welding," Valela explained. "I used the new tool on the stuck bolt in the Ford bellhousing. It came out so easily, I thought I had been wrong about it being stuck."

But Valela hadn't been wrong, and the TORQUE-TUBE was born. Built of a special alloy material and finished with black oxide coating, TORQUE-TUBE features male and female hardened end pieces precision welded to a special high-strength tubular shaft designed to stand up to the high torque sockets and impact wrenches of today. The tool is available in 12-, 18-, 24-, and 30-inch lengths of half-inch drive.

"This product gives professional mechanics a socket extension that actually delivers on the tough jobs," said Valela. "TORQUE-TUBE is all about less twist and more torque."

For more information about TORQUE-TUBE or American Torque Tool, contact Joseph Valela at 907-842-5761 or, or log on to Valela welcomes dealer inquiries.

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