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  1. On the Hagens commercial wire former you can usually get a smooth transition but if I had a homemade twister and needed to smooth that tag end, I would use a dremel and a cutoff wheel.
  2. For a good bond, you need to have the ends of your first bait clean. No oil. This will prevent a good bond.
  3. I get small quantities of metal rods, all thread, flat, square different stock at my local Lowe’s. Brass can be had at any good hobby shop if you have one around. Nothing special about the rods. Cut to length and chamfer the ends.
  4. Slowfish brings up another important point and sometimes we forget all the little things we do to get faster. Turn your molds with the injection port down so they all line up, clamp them lightly and turn them over. Push the C portion of the clamp down so they will stand and clamp more firmly. Now you can shoot them all. Six inch clamps work well like this. I never clamp individually and when I get a new mold, all the wing nuts, screws, thumb rubbers, and such go in a drawer. This works on most of my molds except the little one cavity thin molds that are 2 inches tall because it puts your clam
  5. I have to agree with slowfish on the pots and stirrer. This will help out but after that, I would say cavity count would be the most limiting factor.
  6. I’ll answer any ? I can. I didn’t get your message but sent you one.
  7. I’ve made a bunch of these, with blades, without blades, attached the blades in different ways. Bought my harnesses, made my own. There’s a lot of ways to put them together. If you use a clevis, there are other components you must also use. What you will find is loading all those components, crimping, placement, etc. takes a lot of time and is quite fatiguing putting a five wire arig together. After a bunch of trying this and that I landed on a component that makes a real clean unit and will cut down on your work. Rosco tackle makes a component called a Swivel Sleeve that will replace sleeves,
  8. I like the Bob’s Tackle Shack 702 for a craw trailer. It has good action and I can also use it stand alone on a shakey head. For a swim jig trailer, one of the Basstackle ringed swimbait molds would be good. I have the 5 cavity 3.5” top inject mold that laminates well with the dual injector. Makes a really nice bait and shoots well. Bladed jig trailer, I’ve caught bunches of fish on just a single tail grub on those. You can also use a swimbait mold but I know a lot of guys have gone with a bait like the Basstackle 6008 Chatterbait trailer. So it’s hard to pick out “the best
  9. Lureworks makes a product called Bondcoat that may work for making a stronger bond on your tails. https://www.ispikeit.com/product/691/bondcoat-4849
  10. Ten degrees at a time. Like I said before, 290 and below you start to run into other issues.
  11. It looks like you have good separation except with one cavity. The other four look good. Before you move any metal, exhaust all other possibilities of solution. Yes, reduce your temps. You may have shot the one cavity faster than the others. Only you with the mold and hot plastic knows your process. Sometimes to work out a problematic mold, it takes a lot of trial and error. Explore them all and just looking at your runners, just lower your temps and shoot slow.
  12. Toadfrog is spot on. Master Tacklecrafter. I bet he might do it for 10 bucks a jig. Maybe 9.50.
  13. Linked above, Les. 4th post from top.
  14. You may be able to remove it by clamping the two halves together and drilling it in a drill press. I have enlarged a runner successfully using this method.
  15. Right where the red circle is he put a large obstruction to the flow of the plastisol coming out of your nozzle and then this cavity down stream that has to be filled before the plastic flows through the gate. If it was mine, I would grind that out, polish it as best as I could and see if that helps. I don’t think you will have any issues if you could successfully remove that......whatever that is.......
  16. After looking at the mold, I believe the way the runner is cut is probably causing you some issues. In fluid dynamics, if you want laminar flow you shouldn’t put obstacles in the way of the fluid. That’s exactly what the designer did when he cut the runner on this mold.
  17. From what I understand, some ac motors you can but some you can’t. They do make speed controls for ac motors, though. Looking at the specs, it’s a split capacitor ac motor and not a good candidate from what I can tell just by some online references. Why don’t you send Baitjunky an IM and ask him what he used when he made some for resale. I don’t think he makes them anymore so he would possibly share that information. He’s a member here but not sure how often he visits.
  18. Nice price but you have to be careful how fast you spin your paddles. Too fast and you will incorporate bunches of bubbles or throw your plastic right out of the pot.
  19. Let us know if you get this ironed out. After looking at the mold closely, there may be something else if these suggestions don’t straighten out your issue.
  20. This mold should laminate. Very critical to get the viscosity of the two colors close. Usually we do this by having the temps close but depending on additives they can affect viscosity. You can eyeball it by pulling out your stirrer and letting some plastic drizzle back in cup. Not very scientific but works. The other thing I can suggest is slow your injection speed down. With the ribs, a really fast injection speed may tend to swirl those colors. If I’m having trouble with this, I’ll take my temps down too. 320 is as hot as I ever shoot and sometimes I’ll go below 300 if I’m having trouble wi
  21. Multi cavity mold? If so, can you show it to us or provide a link to it?
  22. I lay mine out and haven’t noticed any issues.
  23. Hmm. It’s a neat idea and I think your enclosure will work nice. One thing I think about is you need to replace the air you are exhausting with fresh air to create some flow and you can do that with some well placed ventilation holes or by creating a little space in your plexi. As you get into the soft plastics, another thing that comes to mind is the ability to do laminates and possibly two of your little fry daddies placed side by side so keep that in mind with whatever you are building. Two feet high isn’t enough room to work a couple pots and a twin injector. Probably not enough for a six
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