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.
- 2 Jaws (shrinker/stretcher)
- 2 Housings
- 2 Handles
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Eastwood Metal Shrinker/Stretcher Combo Set is rated out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Papajim from Very impressed Before I use to travel around body shops looking for hoods and fenders to use. I never could really get that perfect shape or fit but it was close enough. When I learned about the Shrinker/Stretcher I researched it thoroughly. Eastwood had the highest rating and I decided to give it a try. I was able to shrink and stretch a scrap piece of metal within minutes on my first try. I was very impressed on how this worked. I now save time and gas not running around to body shops trying to pick up used metal. I can now make my shapes and curves perfectly!
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by Edickent 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by JeffP from Eastwood Shrinker / Strecher Must have tools if you plan on doing any complex sheet fabrication. I ended up making a stand simply because I wanted to hold the parts with both hands plus keep my bench clear for other things. The shipped quick and perform as they should. Looking back I should have bought a stand. All the steel was "scrap" so it was free and it did come out as I wanted but I spent quite a few hours on it that would have been better spent on other projects. At least I had an excuse to use my Eastwood Plasma Cutter and welder so that made it all worth it.
Date published: 2016-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jon K from I was surprised how well they worked I've done some car restorations over the years, and was able to buy all the floor pans and fender repairs I needed. Starting on a very rough TR3 now, ( you can buy most body parts but expensive) I've already made the one wheel arch repair up, and one lower dogleg, came out fantastic, the cost of this and the Eastwood bender were way cheaper than buying one dogleg. so many little angle areas, trunk gutters, firewall extensions, that will be easy with this tool. Very heavy, which I like, and bolts easy to any 2 by work bench. Very Happy with it, and highly recomend.
Date published: 2015-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by DavidWayne from Works as expected I needed an easy way to shrink and stretch flanges on projects and this set has worked great so far. The only upgrade I'll do is mount them on a stand to be used with your foot, it's pretty awkward to work as is.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by GRNCGlover 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 madjr 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 BIGDOG 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
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.