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Old 02-26-2011, 04:55 PM
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I'm looking for an English wheel, I'd like to consider making one. Has anyone here fabricated their own English Wheel?

What are some things to look for in a good English Wheel if I were to buy one?
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:09 AM
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Played with an english wheel once; don't know too much about them though. I did remember an ad from helping someone else source one.... not sure if it's gonna help. Here's a link:
http://www.eastwood.com/weld-up-larg...wheel-kit.html
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:18 AM
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Thanks for the information.

I had no idea they cost that much money and $950.00 for a kit? I might start out with some little bench projects and work my way up to the big stuff
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It was the PDF instructions on how to build the frame that I thought might be helpful; not sure if a guy could find cheaper parts for it though. I know that a couple of these have been sold at auctions back in Alberta; not sure if you have anything like that where you are.
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There is a company right here in Iowa that sells a bench model....I always wanted to play with one too !

http://www.vansantent.com/Metal_Shap...top_wheels.htm
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Here are some:
Pick one and write a review for us.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Bench...motiveQ5fTools


How to book:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sheet-Metal-Bibl...item1c164fecc0

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Engli...motiveQ5fTools

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NEW-E...motiveQ5fTools

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Industrial-E...item588393fc53
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I was working in a sheet metal model shop in 1990 and a ad came out in the local paper for a metal man,must have experience with a english wheel.We didn't know what it was but there was a gear head that worked in the electric shop and he printed some articles he had from an old Hot Rod or Car Craft mag.Still have it some ware,ever since then I've wanted one but the price was out of reach,the kit's are expensive and a finished one,I can't justify spending that kind of money on.So I bought the yellow one in the link tnbndr posted,but I'm treating it like a kit,and know going in it will need some work.I hate buying junk tools but made an exception this time and have been glad that I did.The post that holds the bottom roll had to be shimmed and that is HUGE to get the machine to be consistent.I had to do a little filing on the bottom cradle that holds the bottom roll to get it level,but it only needs to be level when you have the flat roll in.It's not off by much and with the radius rolls in it doesn't matter.I need to fab a quick release for the bottom,I think that's a good option.The top roll is 8" and it's good,solid and tracks strait.The frame is solid and no complaints there.I've got 300$ in the ewheel and the extra rolls [7].It was on sale at...oh I hate to say it,harbor freight.Over-all it was a good deal,the bottom cradle needs to be completely redesigned and the bearings in the rolls need to be upgraded but I'm using it on soft metal,learning alot and having fun,basically livin the dream, BaaHaahaaha.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:56 PM
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So John....can you explain....do you still need to hammer the pc. to form it...AND then wheel it to smooth it out ? Or does the Ewheel actually form some compound curve in it by itself ??
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Stickman,how's Iowa treating you,RAGBRAI's coming up ever ride it,I did it in 1990 a lot of fun.

It will form a compound curve in flat metal or you can hammer it to get it roughed in and then smooth it out or you can flatten the metal it if it's bent or dented.
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I bought an English wheel from a company called Stakesy's metalwork machinary , www.stakesys.co.uk last year.it has a 22" throat and comes with a set of 6 anvils its floor mounted and cost in the region of 300 sterling.And was therefore cheaper than buying the avils and wheel seperately and fabricating a frame.I got the Stakesy's address through the classifieds on this site .

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