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Old 03-03-2007, 12:08 AM
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Harbor Freight English wheel

This looks like a pretty sweet deal for $300.


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I didn't know they sold those there.......... . I went by my local store last night and found out they were having a big blow out sale. I bought an air body saw for 10$$. REG 39$$. for that price I should have bought 2. Seems to work fine (you know I had to try it out!!). Brian
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Old 03-03-2007, 02:02 AM
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Read the fine print though. The extra wheels in the picture are not included. Just the one set. Apparently you can buy the others though.

Not a bad deal from just looking.

Going to buy one?
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metal meet did a review of it. I seen they had them, and thought about buying one, but decided not to.
http://metalmeet.com/forum/showthrea...+english+wheel
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Old 03-03-2007, 06:00 AM
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Doesn't sound bad for the price........
They did a good review on the wheel and also on jobs leaving country
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I've always wanted one but could never really justify the expense for all the more i would use it. so i'm building one,i have the frame 2 1/2", 1/4" wall round tubing all tig welded together to form a big c with some gussets, i made the adjuster (means by which the lower anvil moves up and down i don't know the technical term), cut an internal and external 1 1/4-5 acme thread to essentially make a fancy looking screw jack. and i'm in the process of setting up the tracer lathe to do the anvils. i'll make the anvils out of 10-18 C.R.S and case harden them then press in some tapered roller bearings.

can anyone shed some light on just how concentric these anvils need to be? im within about a thousandth. to get any closer im probably going to have to spend some serious time with a 1/10th indicator and a lathe or a spherical grinder.

im doing this all at Penn tech's machine shop, with their materials . i pay enough for tuition i might as well get some extra steel and machine time. i'll try to figure out how to post some pictures.
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Interesting on the Metals Meet review thread that Kerry (Imperial Wheeling) has not yet reported on his testing of the machine under actual use. I'd sort of want to hear his judgement before making a decision.

Also, it appears the HR had the machine for $250 for a while...and it is now $300.

It certainly is a temptation...even at $300.

Willys. Let us know if you are going to get one. I'd like to hear your opinion.
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Doesn't sound bad for the price........
They did a good review on the wheel and also on jobs leaving country
Yeah I read some of the thread, thanks for posting it. It does get discouraging seeing all of the cheapo stuff from china, indoneasia, maylasia and the list goes on and on. But a sad fact that we must get used to is that it is now a global market place. I work for FED EX and we are contantly seeking international market share in shipping. Why is that? Because there is a market for it!! Recently aquired some assets in India and europe plus lots of other small companies I forget all the details. But suffice to say it is allowing there cheap labor products to flood into the US. I am courious to see just how many of our products are entering there market?? One thing I have seen on the news is american made late model chevy trucks and ambulances running around in the back ground of news clips from middle east and other places. And one other thing I'll say in closing for now that I saw the other day. I put the spare tire on my neighbors car the other day. It is an 04 Nissan (japanese car) made in america, The jack handle had what stamped on it?? "China" Go figure!!!Brian
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No, I am strictly a whack & bondo guy but for you metal artists out there, it sure looks like an affordable way to boost your tool inventory. And as far as quality goes, HF is pretty good. If that were my forte I wouldn't have a second thought on getting one of these puppies.
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Thanks willys.
The die set for 80 additional is not bad. Like their bead roller set,it "may" require some "improving" but for the hobby builder is a good deal.
My big problem is having some place to put one. I so much "stuff" now I've effectively acquired so much fab equipment,I have no place to fab. Hehehehe
Like most of their products,wait and it will go on sale cheaper. I picked up the bead roller kit for 89.00 finally. If you get on the flyer mailing list,they have coupons occasionally for 10-15% off any 1 item.That came in handy when I bought the 36" break.
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Scroll down for 20% off coupon
at https://www.hotrodders.com/forum/20-o...ht=impalaman63
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I don't know how this one is but I bought a cheapie bench mount model from a place called "Dollar Stretcher tools" that was just junk. My brother called it a "bead roller" The bottom anvil wheel was WAY too narrow and WAY too convex. I found a wheel on an interesting little hand held "fender wheel" vintage tool at a swap meet and put that lower wheel on my english wheel after having a machinest turn it out for sealed bearings. It works pretty good now. But not nearly as nice as one of the big boy ones. The precision of those nice big ones is pretty high.

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If you click the HFlink at the beginning of that thread it says the coupon has expired...plus this was from back in June. Do you know for certain if the coupon which you show later in the thread is still good? There is no expiration date on it.
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Well, I ordered one up. Also got the set of extra lower dies. Always fun to try out a new toy. I've never operated an EW in my life...so this could be a total bust.
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Cool. Please post up good and bad (even mistakes) once you get it. We can all learn together.

Oh....I saw an english wheel once....does that count?
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