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    improvised rod wrapping motor & clutch ?

    getting into a few rods that need full set of guides and really don't want to hand wrap them, like the one guide I did last fall and the small hand gaff I made before that......, all for practice, and didn't turn out to bad, for my almost first try....
    I did give some employees at J&M a good laugh, when trying it there on there rod wrapper finally did get one guide on the practice blank....then the pro took over Mr. John and I watched and learned a lot

    I don't want to spend the money buying a power wrapper but surely there is something that might substitute.....I have an idea..... but what about some of your ideas ....I am cheap so we can't break the bank on this one time or 2-3 rod rebuilds

    Thanks in advance

    thinking out of the box surely someone started with out a pro power wrapper and besides hand tying
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironman172 View Post
    getting into a few rods that need full set of guides and really don't want to hand wrap them, like the one guide I did last fall and the small hand gaff I made before that......, all for practice, and didn't turn out to bad, for my almost first try....
    I did give some employees at J&M a good laugh, when trying it there on there rod wrapper finally did get one guide on the practice blank....then the pro took over Mr. John and I watched and learned a lot

    I don't want to spend the money buying a power wrapper but surely there is something that might substitute.....I have an idea..... but what about some of your ideas ....I am cheap so we can't break the bank on this one time or 2-3 rod rebuilds

    Thanks in advance

    thinking out of the box surely someone started with out a pro power wrapper and besides hand tying
    I'm trying to build one using a sewing machine motor and pedal. I'm also thinking about make a reel spooling station out of a sewing machine also
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    Bill have you checked Mudhole. Don't know how much you want to spend but I've looked at their catalog before and I think they have just about everything dealing with rod wrapping.

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    yea Robert, I get emails from them all the time, and have looked at some.....I do like a challenge of making something that will work OK for the few I am doing.....

    Psychobilly that is where I am headed, sewing machine,
    just tore the front end off of one and added the connecting nut to it for the clutch....similar to the one on the rod dryer ....going to use roller blade wheels for the support of the rod all on uni strut for adjustment .....as stated I like a challenge
    and if all else fails I will hand wrap them

    and for the dryer motor a rotisserie barbeque motors that I have already done a few rods with it and worked good and cheap, garage sale finds over the years and haven't used them for the grill yet
    couple dollars here and there ....cheap is my middle name
    Bill..............

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    I'll rent you one of my Clemens wrappers for a couple pounds of jerky... Cost to ship it would be around $30. You can bring it back to me this fall.
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    Darn John that is a generous offer, but would take the fun out of figuring and building something I can use.....jerky is free for you no need for a trade or rent ....maybe this year we will stay back in Orange beach and my trips will be more often to the store.....last year being 6 condo's west of the pier it was hard for me to drive by the pier.....we won't rent that place again although it was close.....I liked the one the year before in Orange Beach
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironman172 View Post
    yea Robert, I get emails from them all the time, and have looked at some.....I do like a challenge of making something that will work OK for the few I am doing.....

    Psychobilly that is where I am headed, sewing machine,
    just tore the front end off of one and added the connecting nut to it for the clutch....similar to the one on the rod dryer ....going to use roller blade wheels for the support of the rod all on uni strut for adjustment .....as stated I like a challenge
    and if all else fails I will hand wrap them

    and for the dryer motor a rotisserie barbeque motors that I have already done a few rods with it and worked good and cheap, garage sale finds over the years and haven't used them for the grill yet
    couple dollars here and there ....cheap is my middle name
    Sounds like a good start. Keep me posted on yours and I'll do the same with my builds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychobilly View Post
    Sounds like a good start. Keep me posted on yours and I'll do the same with my builds.
    Ill take a few pictures of the progress I did today and the dryer set up with the pvc & rubber clutch system that should work for the wrapper too....it holds the rod tight but the clutch is a neoprene washer inside the pvc....so you can stop the turning of the rod when applying the finish .....I like doing this stuff keeps the mind going
    $10.00 sewing machine at a garage sale plus extra's....heck the foot pedal on mud hole was 79 I think....maybe that was ebay?? ....darn mind is slipping already
    Bill..............

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironman172 View Post
    Ill take a few pictures of the progress I did today and the dryer set up with the pvc & rubber clutch system that should work for the wrapper too....it holds the rod tight but the clutch is a neoprene washer inside the pvc....so you can stop the turning of the rod when applying the finish .....I like doing this stuff keeps the mind going
    $10.00 sewing machine at a garage sale plus extra's....heck the foot pedal on mud hole was 79 I think....maybe that was ebay?? ....darn mind is slipping already
    I'm with you love making stuff instead of buying it. Can't beat the satisfaction of building it yourself. It will be a little while before I get mine finished I'm off to Kansas City Mo. Next week to finish putting a restaurant in.

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    Look up the 'how we do it' videos by FLEXCOAT. they use a regular electric drill as their driving motor. It comes with a chuck
    A few roller blade wheels,some 2x4's and you have an excellent rod wrapper, better than my pacbay one with the upgraded chuck.
    Unless you get a Renzetti, the commercially available wrappers all turn the 'wrong way' for anyone who has worked on a lathe so shaping of handles etc becomes an issue.
    Can you imagine trying to turn something going away from you?
    Then they do not maintain thread tension except while wrapping so if you have to back up, the wrap goes lose.

    I have a home made hand wrapper for all but the long under wraps and most my customer want low weight so few ask for that. I use the tip 18 inches from an old 4-8# uglystick coming over from the rear where i mount the spool carriage and that keeps tension while feeding line to where i can back up several turns and undo an oops.
    Its ugly but works very well.
    The small hand wrapper from mudhole is OK if you are just looking for a quick fix for a dozen or so rods.

 

 
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