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10 hours ago, Apdriver said:

Very nice. Your not playing around with small production here. 

A buddy of mine ask me to start making these since Gopher went out of business like 5 years ago. I bought a spincast setup to be able to make whatever I want. Figured I would help recoup some of my costs by making things like this. 

 

Allen

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They sell silicone discs made for spincasting.  Look up Contenti, white metal casting is where they list the mold supplies. 

 

Allen 

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What's the ratio of sprue to heads?  Looks like there would be a lot of lead left in the mold.  I think it's a cool setup, just a curiosity question.

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48 minutes ago, bryanmc said:

What's the ratio of sprue to heads?  Looks like there would be a lot of lead left in the mold.  I think it's a cool setup, just a curiosity question.

Next time I cast I will post a picture of what it looks like.  Every time you cast you end up with a wheel that looks like a bicycle crank. The heads break off with minimal twisting and you then just throw the bicycle lead crank back into the pot.

 

Allen 

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I know it’s a cool setup and how the really high production lead/hard bait producers get high volume. Cast industries, for instance. Here’s a link that was made showcasing their industry but also answers many questions about volume production and spincasting for those members that may have limited knowledge about that process.

 

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On 8/27/2020 at 5:20 PM, bryanmc said:

What's the ratio of sprue to heads?  Looks like there would be a lot of lead left in the mold.  I think it's a cool setup, just a curiosity question.

Here is what the tube heads look like coming out of the mold. Since the sprues are so small the heads either just fall off or the twist off very easy.

 

Allen

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10 hours ago, Apdriver said:

Man, are those nice. 20 at a time.....

Made another Ned head mold yesterday and was able to get 33 cavities in a 9" mold.  With this machine I can pour more heads in 5 minutes than an hour of hand pouring. 

 

Allen 

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I would like to know more about that process (vulcanizing, I think) and how you produce these. I will never do this but interested in all things baitmaking.

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On 9/10/2020 at 9:52 PM, Apdriver said:

I would like to know more about that process (vulcanizing, I think) and how you produce these. I will never do this but interested in all things baitmaking.

 

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