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Eastwood Shrinker/Stretcher Combo Set-Two BodiesTwo Jaws is rated 4.7021 out of 5 by 47.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fine for the $$ The standard for short throat shrinkers and stretchers. A little filing and sanding on the jaws helps them work even smoother. Although mounting an L shaped bracket in the bottom and then securing them in a bench vice works OK. A floor mounted stand with foot pedal allows you to use both hands to move and steady the work piece.
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad for the hobbyist I've only used these a couple times so far, and they work fine. Get on Youtube and view Lazze metal shaping for a great tip on how to set up the jaws on the shrinker. One problem, Eastwood should also at least include the mounting bolts for each unit... I wish Eastwood would bring the price to realistic levels for the deep-throat shrinker!!
Date published: 2013-04-04
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my new favourite toys i tried the shrinker/stretcher at a friends house about 5 months ago, i seen it online a million times and in video's, but after i tried it i never thought it would be so easy to use, i picked mine up about a week ago, and i've already mastered it, only took about 20 minutes to be a pro at it, i would love to get a proper stand for it, maybe some type of quick disconnect for it so i could easily and quickly change between shrinker and stretcher but i'll have to wait till the perfect one is available!
Date published: 2013-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC!!! Wouldn't work without one! This Combo Kit is one of the BEST tool-sets I own...and I own a LOT of tools. As an avid Street Rodder and overall Hot Rodder & Blue Oval MadMan this toolset is going to save countless hours on my current project...a 1956 Ford F100 pickup truck. I purchased my Effie with the entire original sheet metal AND hard trim "mostly intact" and I am going to do my best to save everything I can for this build! The Eastwood Shrinker/Stretcher Combo Set I purchased, # 51088, is VERY versatile and portable so it travels well and works on everything I need from fenders to small trim pieces as well as patch panels...the possibilities are just endless! I can move the bodies from my workbench to my shop-vice or to my welding table on wheels, where ever I need it. Thanks again Eastwood for an awesome product!
Date published: 2010-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from shrinker / stretcher nice tool right out of box loved it ,,stretcher was perfect,the shrinker i took apart and polished the surfaces ,worked smoother and perfect..worth every penny fantastic tool guys and gals..easy easy to use and understand how to work tool..how did i ever do metal work without it ...must buy !!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2013-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from shrinker strecher combo worked good right out of the box would recommend to any one who is looking for good value for there money
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars says it all Great for me in Sweden, I use it on 0,7-0,8 mm sheet metal (20-22 gauge) for cars.
Date published: 2014-07-15
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what size bolts are used to fasten the housing to a stand?

Asked by: Tech
3/8 - 3/16in bolts to be used
Answered by: SeanA
Date published: 2014-12-19

Where are the castings made and machined? Where are the shrinking and stretching dies made?

Asked by: KMF56
They are made in China.
Answered by: MikeL
Date published: 2014-12-12

What stand do you have for this item (51088) shrinker/stretcher?

Asked by: Jacki
Unfortunately we do not have any sort of specific stand for the shrinker/stretcher set.
Answered by: SeanA
Date published: 2014-12-10

What is the ideal size of the material you should use if working with 18 gauge steel? Trying to replace around fender of FJ40. Just the 3/4" turn under is rusted. 

Asked by: TnTs

What's the size and weight of the combo? Thanks.

Asked by: GustavoARG
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Eastwood Shrinker/Stretcher Combo Set-Two BodiesTwo Jaws

Item #51088 Brand: Eastwood

2 separate bodies: 1 shrinks, 1 stretches... no switching needed

Details

Shrinker/Stretcher Combo Set handles most of your automotive metal-shaping jobs The Eastwood metal Shrinker Stretcher 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.
  • Ideal for perfect-fit rust-repair metal work around wheel openings, door jams, windshields and trunk gutters
  • Shrinker/Stretcher Combo Set includes 2 jaws, 2 housings and 2 handles
  • Works on up to 18-gauge mild steel, 20-gauge stainless, and 16-gauge aluminum

More info...

About Eastwood Shrinker/Stretcher Combo Set-Two BodiesTwo Jaws

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 metal 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. Clamps in your vice or mounts on your bench or pedestal stand.


Contents

2 jaws (shrinker/stretcher), 2 housings, 2 handles, and instructions. Comes assembled and pre-drilled for bench mounting.


Specs

Accessories

51437 Shrinker/Stretcher Jaw Set (The original-equipment jaws are of hardened steel to provide years of normal use, but if you work with stainless or a lot of carbon steel, the jaws will tend to wear out and replacement will be necessary.)


Safety

Use appropriate eye and hand protection when handling sheet aluminum or steel.


Warranty

1-year mfr's. warranty against defects.

Designed, engineered and tested to Eastwood's specifications.

Final product imported.


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