Eastwood Metal Shrinker/Stretcher Combo Set

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Eastwood Metal Shrinker/Stretcher Combo Set.

The Eastwood Shrinker/Stretcher Metal-Shaping Combo lets you easily fabricate gentle radius bends and contours in steel, aluminum, stainless or copper. Compound 45:1 leverage allows effortless forming without making relief cuts, heating, or hammer-forming.

Eastwood's Shrinker/Stretcher Metal-Shaping Combo reproduces wheel wells, dog legs, trunk corners, almost any metal fabrication requiring a combination curve and angle. Use the shrinker to contract metal for inside curves; use the stretcher to expand metal for outside curves.

The hand-operated shrinker/stretcher press multiplies your pressure by a factor of 45, creating leverage to work on up to 18-gauge mild steel, 20-gauge stainless, and 16-gauge aluminum. Comes assembled and pre-drilled for bench mounting. Clamps in your vice or mounts on your bench or pedestal stand.

Set Includes:
- 2 Jaws (shrinker/stretcher)
- 2 Housings
- 2 Handles
- Instructions

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Eastwood Metal Shrinker/Stretcher Combo Set is rated 4.7143 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Units These are good units for the price. They are not the best out there, but they will definitely get you working sheet metal. I would recommend taking the jaws out and polishing the tool marks out of the back sides. It makes them work a whole lot easier and more effective.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For my Husband I bought this as a Christmas gift formy husband. He already had this pre-selected and the site was so easy to use. Shipping was super fast and the overall experience has been GREAT!
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great tool for my garage! It takes a little time to learn how to use it, it works great it just takes practice and for the price you cannot beat it.
Date published: 2014-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great set!!! This shrinker /stretcher set is a great set! It makes it very easy to make repair panels.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT ADDITION TO MY GARAGE METAL WORKING TOOLS Works great out of the box,simple to use thanks to great videos on youtube.
Date published: 2014-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Over all is good for the price. "Thanks" Can't Finde a cheaper any ware.
Date published: 2014-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works better than I hoped I was skeptical of these, thinking they were hobby-quality and wouldn't hold-up to the thickness or punishment I was about to deliver, but these are MUCH more useful than I anticipated. My old cab's doors don't line up with the jambs anywhere near what I needed, so I decided to make my own jambs to mate-up to my near-perfect doors. Mounted the shrinker and stretcher into my large vise (swapped like 1000-times) and ended up bending 18ga cold-rolled in ways I didn't think was even possible. It wasn't fast and my first attempt (rear of driver door, shown in pic) was rough, but I've got the hang of this just a jamb-or-two later. The nice thing about these is you can work slowly and the metal doesn't get away from you; mistakes are repairable with just a little rework. A few things worth mentioning: the actual jaw-bite is 1"; I tried making corners everywhere from 1.5"-wide to 3"-wide. The 1.5"-wide obviously bends easier, but the 3"-wide looks cleaner (2-3X more effort, though). I could cut-off the jaw-marks from the 3" and not have to clean anything, but 1.25"-to-1.5" wide seems to be the sweet-spot versus effort. Secondly, the stretcher-jaws work 5-6X faster than the shrinker does; don't get aggressive with the stretcher! Third, the less metal inserted into the jaws the quicker you can bend (for example, inserting only 0.5" into the 1"-jaws), but be careful... the less metal inserted the better chance for the metal to pucker instead of bending. Fourth, I found disassembly of the jaws for cleaning and greasing easy to do; not sure what others are talking about. Note: Each jamb (4) took me north-of 8-hours to bend to shape. I'm guessing if I had floor-stands and didn't have to constantly switch from shrink-to-stretch in my vise it would have been quicker (there's no way a floor-stand would hold up to the torque I was putting into the handle, but a foot-pedal connection probably would). The picture below shows several steps I made to create near-exactly what I wanted: 1) Cut strips off some old 18ga I had lying around 2) I simply used the brake to create corners after cleaning and deburring the strips. You don't need exact angles, as you're going to distort them anyway 3) The door's contours obviously aren't as straight as the metal I broke. This driver' door (rear) bends in/out at the top/bottom, but it also does S-curves along the edge's perimeter 4) The finished rear- jamb I'll weld to the cab's driver door pillar, once I get the bear-claw latch welded where I want it 5) The finished front-jamb for the driver's door, which I'll weld in-place once I get the hinges set where I want them
Date published: 2015-03-18
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By Bill Tumas: We have here is a Eastwood Shrinker Stretcher. It does exactly that. It shrinks or stretches metal. Here you have a shrink to make a nice inside curve, here you have a stretch to make a nice outside curve. You can make wheelhouse edges, anything you can think of, any kind of different compound curves. It's a very useful tool if you're doing any kind of metal fabrication. A simple tool, very cost-effective, make a lot of your own things that you would spend a lot of money buying.