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Old 06-03-2006, 08:24 AM
 
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Shrinker/stretcher ??

What is a good sheet metal shrinker and stretcher?
I see the same basic lancaster style in all sorts of price ranges, some claim to due 16 ga is that possible? Like this guy

http://cgi.ebay.com/Sheet-Metal-Shri...QQcmdZViewItem

I was going to buy one from Ron Covell but he no longer sells them.
Someone point me to a place that sells a good unit. Thanks...Eric

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Mine came from Eastwood. It works good on 18 G. I haven't tried 16 G. That might be pushing it.
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Eric, I got mine from Eastwood I think, I'll check. But one thing I can say is BUY BOTH BODIES. Don't buy one body and then the two sets of dies like I did to save a few bucks. That was a BIG mistake. You go back and forth shrinking and stretching so much it is a PAIN.

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I bought one from Woodward fab Woodward Fab
It comes with both, takes about 10 seconds to switch. Is a pain but for $169.00, I thought I would take the usual cheap route. I've used it on 18 g w/o problems.
I bolted a piece of angle to it for vice mount, work well.
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If you are on a budget, get the shrinker only. It is more versatile than the stretcher. One thing the stretcher gets used for is correcting over shrink. You can do this with a steel hammer over a steel surface instead. If you have a lot of outside flange work to do, the stretcher would be a good investment.

If you are trying to shrink thick stuff like 18 gage, try applying a little heat to the metal. It will shrink more easily. Do not leave the hot metal in contact with the jaws for any longer than necessary. 16 gage may be too much for these machines.

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Old 06-04-2006, 10:13 AM
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One thing the stretcher gets used for is correcting over shrink.
John
LOL, maybe that is the reason I complain I don't have both bodies! I have done that a lot.

I went out to look at mine and don't see any brand names and I don't remember where I got it. It does say "MADE IN AMERICA"

I to bolted a piece of channel iron on it to bolt it to the bench so it sticks out away from the bench for easy use with clumbsy pieces of metal. It now is stored with the channel on it and easily put into the vice for use.

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