Clemens vs renzetti rod lathe

Zeroks24

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Beginning next year i want to upgrade from my pac bay(with alps chuck) power wrapper into a clemens/renzetti lathe. Wanted to know the pros and cons on getting a used clemens or just going all in for the new renzetti( old style or craftsman style) or even a used renzetti. Want to invest into something im gonna use for a long time. And also if anyone is selling either a clemens or renzetti as well.
 
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Nothing against the Alps lathe, it's a great unit for the money. But you buy a Renzetti, and you've finished lathe shopping for the rest of your life.
Maybe so, but I do not build enough rods to justify the cost of one...
My Alps may not be the best.. but it works well for me, the thread carriage is junk, so I built my 4 spool carriage... so I get the job done...

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Nothing against the Alps lathe, it's a great unit for the money. But you buy a Renzetti, and you've finished lathe shopping for the rest of your life.
Now do you have the renzetti craftman lathe or the basic renzetti lathe. I read on another forum that if you go over 9ft on the renzetti craftsman, that there a slight sag and vibration due to no support on the center of the base?
 
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Where is the best place to buy the renzetti's?I used to have a custom powerwrap years ago but im not sure their even around anymore or how they compare.
 
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How do you like using bobbins on it? I have an alps currently and it spins away from me I know the Clemens and renzzeti spin toward you
I learned on an Alps. So I spun my Clemons around so it spins away.
Just an old Pollock trying to get by.
 
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    No offense......but if you guys aren't using the Renzetti / Clemens lathes the way they were designed to be used (wrapping from behind the rod) you're wasting your money buying one.

    I learned how to wrap rods originally from the front with the rod turning away from me. My set up wasn't even a lathe as we know it these days......it was just a crude assembly of homemade brackets and model car wheels. When I invested in my new Clemens (around 35 years ago), it definitely was a learning curve to wrap the opposite way than I'd been doing for 10 years previous. Got past it. Persistence paid off, and so glad I did it. Once accustom to it, my work not only got better, but I was more efficient at it.
     
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    No offense......but if you guys aren't using the Renzetti / Clemens lathes the way they were designed to be used (wrapping from behind the rod) you're wasting your money buying one.

    I learned how to wrap rods originally from the front with the rod turning away from me. My set up wasn't even a lathe as we know it these days......it was just a crude assembly of homemade brackets and model car wheels. When I invested in my new Clemens (around 35 years ago), it definitely was a learning curve to wrap the opposite way than I'd been doing for 10 years previous. Got past it. Persistence paid off, and so glad I did it. Once accustom to it, my work not only got better, but I was more efficient at it.
    Another rod wrapper that has been around for a long time told me pretty much the same thing. Especially the last part of your statement.
     
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    mike mitchell

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    After nearly 2 years using a used Pac Bay machine with the Alps upgraded chuck I can most definitely say that if I can get the guides on with the correct spacing and on straight its a win, win for me. FDC
     
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