Shrinker / stretcher - Which one?

  1. Roger440 Member

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    As per the title, i need to buy one of these.

    Any thoughts on whats good, not so good etc please?

    It occasional use related to restoring my cars.

    Any thoughts appreciated.
     
  2. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    https://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/threads/shrinker-stretcher.93189/
    Bought a E bay set there was a you-tube vid by Lazi or someone on how to improve the cheap ones, they are still working but we only do alloy.
    Keep the serrated jaws clean & the backs very lightly greased, they dont need to much force.
    I expect the cost is in jaw quality \ life
     
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    Honestly, it's fatal reading threads on here. That temptation you thought you'd managed to resist just keeps being dangled. :D
     
  4. 500e

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    You know you want one upload_2020-11-2_18-20-45.jpeg upload_2020-11-2_18-15-37.png upload_2020-11-2_18-20-45.jpeg
     
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  6. Pigeon_Droppings2 Forum Supporter

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    I have the small ones...full pair so no need to switch the jaws around.

    Its handy to have them as it can save a bit of steel and time...but if the part doesn't fit then I have to use the old fashioned approach using a double ply template.

    The shrinking is handy....anyone can stretch with a big enough hammer!

    Personally I wouldn't bother with the deeper throat....a lot more money I think.

    Some cheap deals I see on ebay...£40 for a stretcher....with £1,200 postage!
     
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  7. hotponyshoes Member

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    I have got the cheaper type like the pic above.
    Works fine on car body thickness steel.
    Has had a fair bit of use and not shown any signs of wearing out yet.
    For bigger stuff like car panels get the floor mounted version with a foot pedal so you can hold/feed the panel with both hands.
    Or make your own stand up and put a pedal on it.

    For the price of them it would almost be worth getting 2 just to save having to swap the jaw sets over.
     
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  8. Pigeon_Droppings2 Forum Supporter

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    Looks too good to be true....I'm tempted to upgrade.

    Throat is 216mm (sounds better than saying 8 inch!)

    Includes postage....will probably need fettling but looks handy.
     
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  9. daedalusminos Member

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    I've got this floor mounted Metz one

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    Though I think Metz got some bad press on here recently O can't fault this shrinker/stretcher
     
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  10. optima21 Forum Supporter

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  12. Tom O Member

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    I bought my son that one for his B-day he seems to like it.
     
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  14. Pigeon_Droppings2 Forum Supporter

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    Looks a lot like the eBay one I posted...well except the price is £60 more so maybe it's better somehow.
     
  15. optima21 Forum Supporter

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    if you do make one, don't skimp on the thickness of the side panels or they do flex, not by much, but enough so that they dont work
     
  16. droopsnoot

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    I looked at that one when I wanted a deeper shrinker, but it's been saying "New stock expected in July" for months. When I emailed (in August) it was still saying that, and they didn't have any stock.

    I bought this one from W Neal because I didn't want to wait: https://www.wnealservices.com/produ...rinker-stretcher-208mm-throat-x-1-5mm-ss208h/

    It's pretty good, but I wouldn't say it's incredible. Sometimes it seems as if it's not doing anything at all, then it works fine. I haven't had much time to do a lot with it as other things have taken over in the last few weeks, but I hope to get back to it soon. I haven't felt able to take the smaller shrinker off the desk and put the deep one in it's place, not yet at least.

    I've got a pair of the smaller ones which have been great - someone posted a link on here years ago when they were £99 for the two-body kit (so no jaw-swapping) and I've made a lot of use of them.

    ETA - I'm mainly using 18g or 20g mild steel.
     
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  18. Roger440 Member

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    The only negative i see to the ebay/vevor one, is lack of spare parts, ie, jaws.
     
  19. Pigeon_Droppings2 Forum Supporter

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    With a lot of these things I find they are just churned out of the same Chinese factories. I guess it depends on the planned use...if you are going to use these a lot then you'd need to be sure about spares.

    To my eyes the casting looked identical...could be the same tool with £60 added?

    Actually the castings are different....and the eBay ones look rougher to my eyes!
     
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  20. Stuartg1 Member

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    I have the small, metz single body version. Works really well on 1.0mm or thinner, its been used and abused and has been very reliable. However 1 body/2 heads is a major pain as your forever swapping heads over..
     
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