I just received the new CRB RBS Pro Gen 2 power wrapper kit from Mudhole a few days ago. I have used Gen 1 for years and love that thing with all its attachments and cool features, so I was eager for Version 2.0. Mistake. After the unboxing I fired off email to Mudhole. They replied and said I'm wrong, except maybe the eyebolt problem. Here's my half nasty comments penned extra special for the Bloody Decks rod building community.
- NO TENSION ROD. The tension rod is like having four hands and makes it soooo easy to start a wrap, cut a string, add a thread, tie a knot, start a fade, add a beauty ring, drink coffee, answer the phone, take a pic, write a nasty assed review, and generally go hands free without losing a wrap or missing a beat. Once you learn the tension rod, there's no going back. Without it, back up even one-eighth of an inch everything goes loose for at least 6-8 turns. Well fuck that. Who else relies on a tension rod almost every moment of the wrap process? Sean at mudhole thinks no one needs a tension rod.
- The power cord from the foot pedal to the motor is 58" long. They're sending an extension cord or I'm going to grow a ten foot leg.
- The foot pedal is an ON/OFF switch only and has NO rheostat, NO speed control. In my mind, that's a product killer, a non-starter. Again, Mudhole says I'm wrong. One speed and one speed only is enough. Change it with the knob on the motor or nothing. If I'm working on the tip of a 10' rod, I need a 9' arm.
- The eyebolts in the thread carriage have always been crappy. The inside circumference is ridged with tool marks and wrecks threads. I filed and polished mine to a mirror finish. I don't expect them to be replaced by Mudhole with polished bolts, but I do expect the crappy interiors to be mentioned in the instructions. If you do what I did, wreck two rods before figuring it out, you'll be very unhappy.
I went straight to the source and voiced my criticisms. They were met with some half rude feedback that I should learn how to wrap rods his way. Uh? No. If I were new at rod building and bought this kit, I'd hate it even more. It's a middle finger to the new guy.
Am I being petty? Or is this thing crap in a box? Not that it can't be fixed, but seriously I don't want to have to re-learn rod wrapping by taking two steps backward. It's obvious that Mudhole did NOT have an independent focus group critique their product before the fact, and I think they're going to get a lot more complaints than satisfied users they way it is now. I told them that they're going to confuse any new guy who buys this kit and sour everyone on the product out of the gate. What about YOU?
Ten foot leg. Nine foot arm. Who are they kidding?
The pic shows the way I use a 4-bobbin with the 2-bobbin. The four spool carriage in back feeds the tension rod in front. Works great. Up to 6 spools ready to go.
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The Gen 1 wrapper wasn't just good; it was great. Boy, did they fuck up a good thing.
Gibbs's rule #51 - Sometimes you're wrong. Am I wrong?
Focus Group? Huh? You guys are mine. Focus.