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panelwagon62 11-11-2010 09:13 PM

woodward fab
How are woodward fab tools? anyone ever use them?

ericnova72 11-11-2010 11:39 PM

I have their Bead Roller, the dies were a little sharp edged and needed a spin in the lathe to polish the edges so they didn't indent and split aluminum sheet at the edges of the bead, but the roller itself works fine. I mounted an old steering wheel to mine in place of the hand crank for more precise control, and built an adjustable straight edge guide fence for it, and I'm happy with it for the cost of it. I've probably rolled 500' of beads with it in 5 years time. I've got a lathe, so I have also made some custom dies for it. 11-12-2010 04:02 AM

I have their manual tubing bender. Works good.

Chad.s 11-12-2010 08:36 PM

i've been looking at the english wheels they have.

I have bought their replacement shrinker and stretcher jaws from them, they have held up pretty good.

panelwagon62 11-13-2010 05:14 AM

Yeah I was looking at their english wheel and tubing roller. I believe it was their second to cheapest one they made looked just like harbor freights unit. I didn't want to buy one and realize that's all it was.

200horse 11-28-2010 11:14 PM

they are great guys to deal with. I do not own there equipment but know them and they seem honest and nice

digdug18 12-02-2010 05:28 PM

Have you seen I haven't used their products, but they do look of quality, but they are very expensive.

panelwagon62 12-05-2010 03:52 PM

How about Mittler Bro's?

smith5411 04-11-2016 06:23 AM

I have the woodward fab sheet metal shearing tool. The movement of the shear is quite smooth and I didn’t need to put too much effort into the cutting. It can easily cut 16 gauge steel and .50aluminum sheets. I was even able to experiment with sheet metal of different thicknesses. Got nice clean cuts every time. The only thing is, you need to create a certain kind of cutting rhythm. Do it too slowly, and things can go sideways.

astroracer 04-11-2016 09:44 AM

I have their 8" bench shear, shrinker/stretcher dies and the 4" metal bender. Everything works just fine and probably as well as most of the stuff that costs 2 or 3 times as much... These have been in my shop for many years with no problems. :)

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