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Al: Thank you (and Billy too) for showing much kindness in an area that could be full of elitist experts that have little time for newcomers.

 

I have a general question about investing in a rod wrapping machine with specific question of size needs (footprint, in a small apartment) and cost. I assume your wrapper is the most professional, expensive thing out there. Billy has alluded to some low cost entry ideas. Do you bite the bullet and get a nice machine?

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JPL,

 

I initially invested in a less costly power wrapper until I felt the real need to move up to a Clemen's Lathe.

 

The PacBay Rodsmith goes for approximately $300 new and is an excellent entry level power wrapper. There also is a used Clemens lathe on Ebay for sale that you could check out.

 

Al

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Go for the Clemens. Even if you just get two sections and some rod guides to start. You could then add the power etc later as you have money. When its all done , you have what you want. Clemens may still be having a sale , I'm not sure. They have some kits that are reasonable. They have 4 foot sections so I suppose you would need at least two.

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hi al

while your talking about lathes.

i have a pac bay rodsmith and have

a ? for you.

is there a better tension device

for this one?an upgrade?

with the trim rings on the ends of

the wraps,if i don't do them by hand

i can never get good results.this is

just with 'A' threads.i like them thin.

how many turns do you reccomend.i'm doing

nine.this goes for anytime i use 'A' for

anything really(not enough thread tension).

i do like the lathe.easy to use,does all.

sands cork to applying finish.only other

thing is i had to re-epoxcy the rollers

to the bearings under the table that rides along the base

thanks in advance

WR

 

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WR,

 

I had the same problem with the tension device on the PacBay lathe. I eventually built my own tension device and continued using the lathe until I finally upgraded to a Clemens.

 

I kept the Rodsmith out in Montauk for many years to do repairs without having to bring the rod home to work on. I eventually sold it to a beginning rodbuilder.

 

Al

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hi al

i see a couple replacements in the clemens

catalog pg.29.can you reccomend one over the

other or i was thinking of going to a sewing

store to see what they have.

did you still use the pac-bay table when

you made your new devise?

i read about the clemens lathes when they

were at the sale price the same day my P.B.

arrived.

i'm doing ok with this one though

thanks

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