Clemens vs renzetti rod lathe

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    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?


    Yeah, there was a slight issue with vibration at higher speeds. Especially since my lathe is 12 feet overall. It was a real tough fix..........about 5 minutes worth with a couple of 2" blocks of wood. ;)
     
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    Zeroks24

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    Yeah, there was a slight issue with vibration at higher speeds. Especially since my lathe is 12 feet overall. It was a real tough fix..........about 5 minutes worth with a couple of 2" blocks of wood. ;)
    I was thinking something similar with wood blocks if i would get it. Seems like i am convinced that the renzetti is the way to go at this point. I was also going with the same length(12ft base) since i do build 10ft rods. Thanks for the advise.
     
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    I'll add my $0.02 only because I have owned (or own) and used them all - ALPS, Flex Coat, CPW, PAC BAY, etc. Many of them are basically identical. All work fine...none come close to a Renzetti.

    Everything on the Renzetti except the chuck and the belt is one-hand adjustable. Seems like a small thing but is HUGE when working. The thread tension is not only controllable but very controllable in very small increments. Makes a HUGE difference if you know how to use it, want to wrap 6 thread tigers, etc. Honestly - try that on your other lathe. None of my others wraps 2 threads very well...most can't wrap more than 4. Tension is placed on the spool not the thread - never any thread damage and works equally well with OO, A, D, whatever size. And you can use any and all size spools of any brand with only minor adjustments. Oh and you get useable back tension that actually works.

    There is a reason you never, ever see a used Renzetti or Clemens for sale. If you do, buy it right now because it will not be there in 1 hour. I know that sounds crazy but it is FACT. The most recent one I saw lasted 18 minutes on FaceBook. Also, in all the forums and all the social media have you ever seen one builder who didn't like their Renzetti or regretted buying it? Enough said. I have been using mine for 21 years and will part with it when they put me in the ground. The only updates I've ever made were to buy large spool attachments to run 4 oz spools and to swap out the original wing nut type knobs for knurled thumb knobs on my thread carriage.

    I'd highly, highly recommend finding a builder nearby that will let you try their Renzetti or Clemens before you spend your hard earned money. 10 minutes will teach you more than 10,000 words on this or any forum. Buy once, cry once.

    To the original question, I had a Clemens (impulse purchase) but sold it to a friend years ago. It was the same as the Renzetti except for slightly different hardware on the thread carriage and slightly different design to the rod supports. Not identical but functionally exactly the same. Hope this helps!
     
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    I'll add my $0.02 only because I have owned (or own) and used them all - ALPS, Flex Coat, CPW, PAC BAY, etc. Many of them are basically identical. All work fine...none come close to a Renzetti.

    Everything on the Renzetti except the chuck and the belt is one-hand adjustable. Seems like a small thing but is HUGE when working. The thread tension is not only controllable but very controllable in very small increments. Makes a HUGE difference if you know how to use it, want to wrap 6 thread tigers, etc. Honestly - try that on your other lathe. None of my others wraps 2 threads very well...most can't wrap more than 4. Tension is placed on the spool not the thread - never any thread damage and works equally well with OO, A, D, whatever size. And you can use any and all size spools of any brand with only minor adjustments. Oh and you get useable back tension that actually works.

    There is a reason you never, ever see a used Renzetti or Clemens for sale. If you do, buy it right now because it will not be there in 1 hour. I know that sounds crazy but it is FACT. The most recent one I saw lasted 18 minutes on FaceBook. Also, in all the forums and all the social media have you ever seen one builder who didn't like their Renzetti or regretted buying it? Enough said. I have been using mine for 21 years and will part with it when they put me in the ground. The only updates I've ever made were to buy large spool attachments to run 4 oz spools and to swap out the original wing nut type knobs for knurled thumb knobs on my thread carriage.

    I'd highly, highly recommend finding a builder nearby that will let you try their Renzetti or Clemens before you spend your hard earned money. 10 minutes will teach you more than 10,000 words on this or any forum. Buy once, cry once.

    To the original question, I had a Clemens (impulse purchase) but sold it to a friend years ago. It was the same as the Renzetti except for slightly different hardware on the thread carriage and slightly different design to the rod supports. Not identical but functionally exactly the same. Hope this helps!
    Thank you for that. It was very informative. I was also going to ask about the 4oz spool attachment. Is there a way to modify the thread carriage for 4oz or is it easier to just buy the attachment from renzetti?
     
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    So....no doubt way easier to buy from Renzetti. But yes - if you are handy, patient and have some rudimentary machining equipment or hand tools you could modify it to use large spools. I'd just add them as 'outrigger' attachments from which you can run the thread off the 4 oz spools to the pigtails on the thread carriage rather than modify the thread carriage itself. Otherwise it may be hard to go back to 'normal' 1 oz our 100 yard spools.
     
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    So....no doubt way easier to buy from Renzetti. But yes - if you are handy, patient and have some rudimentary machining equipment or hand tools you could modify it to use large spools. I'd just add them as 'outrigger' attachments from which you can run the thread off the 4 oz spools to the pigtails on the thread carriage rather than modify the thread carriage itself. Otherwise it may be hard to go back to 'normal' 1 oz our 100 yard spools.
    Good to know. I read on another forum that the chuck doesnt open as wide as say an alps or pac bay. Is this true? Curious since here in california i get some rods that have a bigger butt diameter like some seekers or calstars.
     
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    Yes the Alps chuck opens wider, however it will open until the jaws fall out. When they do it is a bear to get them back in the right order. Number the face of the chuck to correspond to the jaw #s.
    The Renzetti opens to 1.35 inches if your rod butt is larger insert a dowel into the butt to reduce the size.
     
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    JTrelikes

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    I just take one bolt out of each of the three pieces that make up the jaws......turn them 180 degrees and tighten them back down with the single bolt. Pretty simple fix.
     
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    Good to know. I read on another forum that the chuck doesnt open as wide as say an alps or pac bay. Is this true? Curious since here in california i get some rods that have a bigger butt diameter like some seekers or calstars.
    When I got mine a few years ago My first rod was a Ulua, Was shocked it wouldn't fit. Called up and they sent me new jaws. I can't remember her name but she was super nice.
     
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    Just picked up a used Renzetti. Pretty stoked to start wrapping on it but a little bummed I will be selling my Pac Bay machine that has been with me since the start.
     
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    I’ve been happy with my renzetti lathe. I changed out o rings once on the support wheels and burnt out two motors. The motors were my fault, too lazy to go out to the garage and use my wood lathe on hypalon. I’ve used it hard. It’s been worth it
     
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    ironmike

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    nope, need to go with you or Cattle Boats
    Yea I figured that’s what I would do. I only use a carriage for my tigers I’ve been on the market for a renzetti as well
    Yeah, I'm the same way, Mike. My old Power Wrapper from '85, still working, same motor. Shitty carriages, but I have to have the rods spin away from me, too set in my ways or I'd have bough a Renzetti years ago. I tired it, can't adjust. Funny, i learned from Clemens himself, twoice when he came to Southern Cal., and one more time in Las Vegas (2 day Seminars). I should have thought, as you say, turn the unit around...or just convert to it years ago..Can't now!! Just an old Classic Greek guy!
     
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    was looking to upgrade as well….
    craftsman rod lathe, motor and motor bracket, and foot pedal.

    this will cover to 9’ rods. anything else missing from that list?
     
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    Do you guys use your Renzetti to apply finish also? If so I imagine this is another learning curve? Or do use a different machine now ?
     
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    Ive been using mine to put on finish, but i think in the future i will have a dedicated finish station
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    Do you guys use your Renzetti to apply finish also? If so I imagine this is another learning curve? Or do use a different machine now ?
    I do. I jury rigged a smaller turning motor, and swap it in for the 1/10 hp motor that comes with the renzetti. Can go from really slow, to medium fast....but you dont need super fast for applying epoxy or drying so it works for me.
     
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