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Old 04-09-2009, 09:22 PM
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makeing your own english wheel

i read a thread on here about building your own mig welder
and someone mention about someone named twisted minis
building his own English wheel and i would like to know how
to do this so if any one on here knows this person or knows
how to do this please let me know


thanks buggmann
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for what the harbor freight e wheel costs, it's almost pointless to try and make one yourself unless you need a larger capacity.

I built my ewheel from a kit. it's really simple. basically a c-frame made up of 2x4 1/4" wall tubing with gussets in the corners. add a couple straps of 1/4" plate with a solid pin to hold the top wheel in place.

the bottom wheel sits in a saddle made up of 3/8" plate. that sits on some square tubing that slides inside another piece of square tubing. an acme screw at with a nut welded inside the larger square tubing acts as the pressure adjustment. another nut welded to the bottom of the acme screw with 3 pieces of bar welded to it act as a handwheel. there are three thumbscrews welded to the outer square tubing to take up the slack in the inner square tubing.

the wheels themselves can either be fully rounded or with a calibrated flat spot on them (there is a guide somewhere on the 'net for how big to make the flat spot).
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the one on hf is not to bad on the price
but money is tight that is way i was going
to make my own but i might just buy one
were did you find your kit
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:37 PM
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The framing isn't so tough to figure out - lotsa examples on the web for the design - here's 2 styles from HF

Harbor Frieght started selling a lower priced model which for around 300.00 a couple of years ago - but I've heard they "move" a bit and need to be re-inforced.



A nice page on using and re-inforcing the HF "economy" wheel
http://www.jamesriser.com/Machinery...el/Finally.html

But I noticed recently while window shopping the HF site that they are selling a Heavy Duty model for 560.00.



This type of design much more stable and typical of higher end units.
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i don't need something to big its just for home use
i would like to learn how to use tools like this so i don't
have to pay some one to do it for me and it needs to
fit in to a small two car shop i think the one hf has for
sale will do but were would i need to add the brace at
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i don't need something to big its just for home use
i would like to learn how to use tools like this so i don't
have to pay some one to do it for me and it needs to
fit in to a small two car shop i think the one hf has for
sale will do but were would i need to add the brace at
A nice page on using and re-inforcing the HF "economy" wheel
http://www.jamesriser.com/Machinery/...l/Finally.html

The benchtop style that HF sells (149.00) - you could do a similar treatment to strengthen the frame...

HF English Wheel Search
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the one on hf is not to bad on the price
but money is tight that is way i was going
to make my own but i might just buy one
were did you find your kit
I bought my kit on ebay about 4 years ago. I think it was around $130 or so for everything. it made an ewheel about the size of the mid-sized harbor freight model. it has a very similar construction to the bench top model except much more stiff.

i can take a picture if you really want to try building one.
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Here's a thread from right here on HR.Com about the HF wheel and the reinforcement points.

And a couple quick pictures of what is involved.







There is quite a bit of info around the web on how guys have turned the HR wheel into a pretty good working tool. Each wheel seems to have its own little quirks so each person does it a little differently. Mine now works pretty well...although I am just a hobby user and haven't really pushed the limits on it yet.
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that is all it will be for me also just something new to
learn i think the ewheel from hf will do nice and i think
what all the people on here have been a big help

thank you buggmann
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There is a web site called wheelingmachines.com, it is a great place to find out about wheeling, and metalmeet.com for metal working. One of those sites has complete plans and pictures for building a wheel.
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The framing isn't so tough to figure out - lotsa examples on the web for the design - here's 2 styles from HF

Harbor Frieght started selling a lower priced model which for around 300.00 a couple of years ago - but I've heard they "move" a bit and need to be re-inforced.



A nice page on using and re-inforcing the HF "economy" wheel


But I noticed recently while window shopping the HF site that they are selling a Heavy Duty model for 560.00.



This type of design much more stable and typical of higher end units.
At those prices, and with minor reinforcement why re-invent the wheel?

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