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#1 Jason O

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:37 PM

I'm getting started making inline spinners and I'm looking at this wire bender. Anyone ever use it? Or recomend another bender. I don't thing I'll bend anything over .031. Thanks for any help.

#2 Fatman

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 03:02 PM

It's a great little tool for starting out. I've had mine for about 10 years and it works great. It DOES take practice to get the eyes perfectly round but it's just a practice thing.

Make SURE you have it attached tightly to your bench, or you'll be in a world of hurt when a piece of wire smacks your hand.

Theres a heavy piece of wire that looks like a eyelet with a long shaft PAINT IT RED OR WHATEVER COLOR YOU WANT, DON"T LOSE IT!!!!!! This is called the winding mandrel and you use it to make wire springs for spinners you want to open and close. When making these and you start winding use heavy duty pliers to hold the wire and DON'T Let Go it does hurt.

Use the book that comes with the tool and follow the directions, it will help you move from one task to another. Master each step and the tool will really help you out.

It's nice to not have to worry about losing a spinner when all you have to do is reach in the box and get another one. Initial cost of body parts will set you back a bit as they aren't cheap.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 07:51 PM

Been using the Tack-L Tool for probably 25 years. Still haven't worn it out. By all means get the kit, including the book. You will be amazed at what all you can make. Good luck.

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 06:04 PM

Newbie here,

I just got one of these as a Christmas gift. It was ordered without the instructions, Do any of you have a copy of the instruction book that I could buy from you or in PDF format? A web search is coming up dry so far.

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 08:28 PM

I bought the Twistech bender from barlows, Makes pefect eyes every time,easy to use. It has a .031 limit also but has an upgrade kit to bend .041. Barlows site has a video showing the tool in use.

Edited by wingnut, 06 January 2011 - 08:28 PM.


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Posted 07 January 2011 - 03:29 PM

Tiny,

The manual is available from Janns for about $8+ shipping or check alibris, abe books or amazon. com for used ones which are running about $9 and up + shipping.

Break down and get the brand new one from Jann's, they have it spiral bound now which makes using it easier than the old one.

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 07:53 PM

Tiny,

The manual is available from Janns for about $8+ shipping or check alibris, abe books or amazon. com for used ones which are running about $9 and up + shipping.

Break down and get the brand new one from Jann's, they have it spiral bound now which makes using it easier than the old one.

Fatman

Thanks Fatman.
I was figuring that's what I would have to do. I've played with it a bit already and very much enjoy it, but having some documentation would open up the possibilities. haven't told the wife but I'm already looking at the Hagen's wire former as I often use wire heavier than .031" . This little tool has already impressed me though.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 08:46 PM

I've had the Netcraft tool for years but actually only tried using it recently. After a few false starts, I got the hang of it. The instructions on making an eye were a bit tough to follow but I finally managed. Not until after I realized I missed the first page of the instructions and didn't put the 90 degree bend in the wire. I wanted to make some simple inline spinners and I had a lot of fun making a few with the Tack-L tool.

#9 Tony Maxwell

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 02:40 PM

I have been using one forever, at least it seems like it. Can't wear it out. Have used up to .035 SS. a couple of tips. someone mentioned earlier Fasten it to the workbench. Oil the shaft once in a while. Use your imagination. Good luck. PS If anyone has one they want to get rid of let me know. LOL. Tony