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Old 01-21-2005, 01:35 PM
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Is it difficult to use an English wheel?

Does it shape steel as well as aluminum?

Is it hard on the wrists?

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Old 01-21-2005, 03:26 PM
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Old 01-21-2005, 04:48 PM
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I built one about 15 years ago,there nice to have to make body panels.I think most of it is out in the old storage shed.I think the wheels are gone,but then maybe not..............
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Old 01-21-2005, 05:40 PM
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I think they are neat but how often would you really use one?
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Old 01-21-2005, 11:21 PM
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I think using a trick 'wheel is a lot like welding, 20 min. to learn how... and 20 years to get real good at it. If you can find a good opperator to show you the basic moves, you can learn to move the metal into the shapes you see in your minds eye. There are several web sites devoted to the 'wheel, that can help you get started, but you might want to build up your hammer forming skills before you jump on the big boy toy. kind of like the difference between snooker and billiards, one is about power, the other is about finesse. jmho,RED
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Old 01-28-2005, 05:22 PM
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It takes a lot of practice to really become proficient. I've seen a guy who could do engine cowlings, wing fairings and wheel pants on one, but there's not many people that proficient. Most people use an English Wheel to make compound curve repair patches when needed. It'll do aluminum and lighter gage steel.

I didn't think it was hard on the wrists. But let me tell you, it's damn hard on your fingers if you're not ever vigilent.
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