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Today 10:40 AM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by Train View Post
Martin, you accidentally typed cheap, when you must have meant, frugal.

John's iPhone has auto correct for that.
Today 09:03 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by Train View Post
Martin, you accidentally typed cheap, when you must have meant, frugal.
I just love the way this man thinks!

John
Today 08:52 AM
Train
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
For goodness sakes don't be a cheap ars like me and buy the two bodies!

Brian
Martin, you accidentally typed cheap, when you must have meant, frugal.
Yesterday 07:21 PM
John long Here is a job that would be difficult to do without the stretcher jaws. I am making the transition from the trans hump to the rear drive shaft tunnel. As you can see the rear piece will have to flare out to meet the front piece.

Unfortunately the convertible X-member prevents making this piece with a nice smooth transition.

John




Yesterday 11:58 AM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
I posted my post before I saw you had said the same thing, sorry. YES it is a BIG mistake buying the one body, I can personally agree to that!

Brian
Just suggesting a way for someone who is "frugal" to save money. I have both units, but I spend money like water anyway...

John's 30 year old set is made from a much higher standard than the oriental stuff now. The Easywood jaws looked like plain cast iron, where the ones I have now appear to be forged and much stronger....just sayin', I may have gotten a defective set....I have a LOT of other Eastwood tools and products but I won't recommend these tools...
Yesterday 11:40 AM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by Train View Post
That Hawkes site looks a little too good to be true. No duty? No shipping? Has anyone here in Canada used them?

Princess Auto carries what I'm looking for. S/ST, looks like the same one Eastwood carries. Bead rollers, English wheels, planishing hammers. They even carry a 4 post lift. Of course it's not high end, but John has shown us it doesn't need to be if you have patience and are maybe willing to do some mods.
I've bought from Hawkes and the price is the price. They've already built in the dollar exchange rate conversion and duty into their prices.
Of course you got to pay tax and shipping.

The Eastwood stretcher I got works well. A little too well actually. It rips the metal open if I give it too much. Haven't tried the shrinker yet though.

I will have to check the ones at Princess next time I go,

Where abouts in Canada are you neighbor?
Yesterday 10:12 AM
Train That Hawkes site looks a little too good to be true. No duty? No shipping? Has anyone here in Canada used them?

Princess Auto carries what I'm looking for. S/ST, looks like the same one Eastwood carries. Bead rollers, English wheels, planishing hammers. They even carry a 4 post lift. Of course it's not high end, but John has shown us it doesn't need to be if you have patience and are maybe willing to do some mods.
Yesterday 09:56 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
I can not judge the Easytwood units. I have not seen nor used them. Just know they offer a set. Mine have no name on them but I bought them at a swap meet 30 years ago and finally replaced one set of jaws about 8 months ago. The replacement parts apparently are fairly universal.

I would advise you not to buy both jaws with one housing. I find I go back and forth between the shrinker and stretcher jaws so many times that changing the jaws back and forth would be a real pain in the backside. My personal opinion is you must have both jaws mounted at the same time.
I posted my post before I saw you had said the same thing, sorry. YES it is a BIG mistake buying the one body, I can personally agree to that!

Brian
Yesterday 09:55 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
I can't recommend the Eastwood shrinker/stretcher tools. I had a set and the second time I pulled the handle the jaw broke. They will repair/replace the part or complete tool but the frustration of not having it to use when you are ready is a pain. Then, is the next one going to break too ??

I sent them back and ponied up for a high quality set from Fournier Enterprises. They are in Michigan and the tools are made in PA. MUCH heavier duty tools and worked very well on the parts I made.

You can get by with one body and 2 sets of jaws for less than the 2 complete units.
Sheet Metal Shrinkers and Stretchers
I can not recommend against buying the one body with two sets of jaws enough, DO NOT DO THIS. I made that mistake and when you need to go between the two stretching and shrinking on a part you are making which you often do, it is a KILLER to switch out the jaws. For goodness sakes don't be a cheap ars like me and buy the two bodies!

Brian
Yesterday 08:22 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
I can't recommend the Eastwood shrinker/stretcher tools. I had a set and the second time I pulled the handle the jaw broke. They will repair/replace the part or complete tool but the frustration of not having it to use when you are ready is a pain. Then, is the next one going to break too ??

I sent them back and ponied up for a high quality set from Fournier Enterprises. They are in Michigan and the tools are made in PA. MUCH heavier duty tools and worked very well on the parts I made.

You can get by with one body and 2 sets of jaws for less than the 2 complete units.g

Sheet Metal Shrinkers and Stretchers
I can not judge the Easytwood units. I have not seen nor used them. Just know they offer a set. Mine have no name on them but I bought them at a swap meet 30 years ago and finally replaced one set of jaws about 8 months ago. The replacement parts apparently are fairly universal.

I would advise you not to buy both jaws with one housing. I find I go back and forth between the shrinker and stretcher jaws so many times that changing the jaws back and forth would be a real pain in the backside. My personal opinion is you must have both jaws mounted at the same time.
Yesterday 06:17 AM
Too Many Projects I can't recommend the Eastwood shrinker/stretcher tools. I had a set and the second time I pulled the handle the jaw broke. They will repair/replace the part or complete tool but the frustration of not having it to use when you are ready is a pain. Then, is the next one going to break too ??

I sent them back and ponied up for a high quality set from Fournier Enterprises. They are in Michigan and the tools are made in PA. MUCH heavier duty tools and worked very well on the parts I made.

You can get by with one body and 2 sets of jaws for less than the 2 complete units.

Sheet Metal Shrinkers and Stretchers
Yesterday 04:26 AM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by Train View Post
Well, it will probably cost me a little more up here in Canada. The crappy part is the closest city has no stores that carry any of the equipment, until november when we get a Princess Auto. And then it will be a matter of waiting for sales.

You may as well order the shrinker/stretcher from Eastwood.
They have a distributor in Canada.

HAWKES AUTO

I don't think Princess has them yet. I've never seen them there unless they've been added recently.
09-21-2014 08:16 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Train View Post
Well, it will probably cost me a little more up here in Canada. The crappy part is the closest city has no stores that carry any of the equipment, until november when we get a Princess Auto. And then it will be a matter of waiting for sales.
Will Eastwood or Harbor Freight not ship to Canada?

John
09-21-2014 07:42 PM
Train Well, it will probably cost me a little more up here in Canada. The crappy part is the closest city has no stores that carry any of the equipment, until november when we get a Princess Auto. And then it will be a matter of waiting for sales.
09-21-2014 03:05 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Train View Post
John, some advice from you, if you would? We'd thought of making some of our parts ourselves, and now we're convinced it's the way to go. Floors, rockers, and some fender wells.

In what order would you get the tools, if the budget didn't allow for buying them all at once? My thoughts are, shrinker/stretcher, bead roller, then english wheel.
I think you are right on the money. I will say, you are going to want the bead roller almost as bad as the shrinker/stretcher. 300 to 350 dollars will buy you both in cheap import versions. Each tool you add will increase your ability to make a part that you will be satisfied with.

While I have enjoyed the ease and speed of replacing these front floor pans with the EMS pieces I do get a lot of satisfaction in making panels. Good luck to you which ever way you go.

John
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