My Version of Loc’s Breako Machine

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  1. ripped

    ripped I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    7EDC5892-B457-4A88-8E49-B9C02B6EC993.jpeg F9F0D0A5-687E-4917-9D5A-0B4A665F2C3E.jpeg D304D0C5-11B0-42AA-A302-392DDF270FA8.jpeg 81C2FA42-8A4F-48A4-B101-2CBFBB72D421.jpeg 20550B47-F5DF-4F4E-89DB-085F86671D39.jpeg 5ED1890F-3900-403A-B755-C99CE611F660.jpeg There’s a thread over in Fishing Chitchat about a knot testing machine. Based on information that Walt posted I built one myself. Other than the digital scale and winch that I bought off eBay for $38.00 everything else was in my garage. I can now feel vindicated for keeping all that junk. Anyway I highly recommend for all who tinker with their own tackle to build one of these. I haven’t tested any knots yet but I stretched some jigs with startling results. Wolverine triple wrap split rings started to fail at 140 though they’re rated over 200. Also some of my brazed rings failed due to insufficient solder. Flush with the ring is no good. About a 30%+ diameter of the brace seems to be the sweet spot. This is what I put together on a rainy day.
     
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  2. sealskinner

    sealskinner Retired Pimp

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    That board on top just takes the fun out of it.

    Great job.
     
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  3. locvetter

    locvetter Well-Known "Member"

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    BRAVO!!!!

    I agree with Mike that hiding the specimen when pulling on it limits the fun.
    That is why I used clear plastic. You certainly don't have to use Lexan. I had some from another project. Thin piece of plexiglas will do just fine.

    Are you finding that when things fail that pieces shoot out the ends?
    I bolted my scale to the end opposite the ratchet, but what you have might allow for a longer specimen - perhaps even testing ABS by putting the test specimen into two lengths of hollow spectra - -oooo, oooo, endless time to spend!

    When I had to put mine away for my wife's Christmas party, I immediately started to miss it. Some new swivels came in, some new hooks came in, I want to pull on them.

    Enjoy!!
     
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  4. Bill W

    Bill W tunaholic

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    Testing knots... Lots-o-fun.
     
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    sealskinner Retired Pimp

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    I'm kinda anal about stuff. I'd want to see the anatomy of the gradual fail with every click of the winch. Exactly which part of the knots fail consistantly.
     
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  6. ripped

    ripped I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    So far I’ve only stretched some Flat Fall jigs I rigged and when they have failed the amount of recoil has been minimal due to the lack of stretch from the Kevlar cord. Once I start working with mono things will change. I like the idea of a clear top but I had the stock on hand and thought I could change it out later. One thing I’ll do for sure is to reverse the scale so I can read it while cranking the winch. As stated this is an invaluable tool to test your connections. I was stunned by some of my results. I can see the benefits of putting all my terminal tackle through a reasonable stress test before packing it for a trip.
     
  7. Cubeye

    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice job. Looks like a 2x6 base with 1x4 sides. How long did you make it? Six feet?
     
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  8. ripped

    ripped I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Thanks, yes 2X6 for the base. It was 5’6” scrap and 1X4” sides. Top piece is 1X8”. I took it up to 200 pounds with no bowing and is rock solid while cranking the winch. No need to clamp it down. If you did I guess you could tie off a wind on to something stationary to test longer lengths.
     
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    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    DIY at it's best. Quick, simple, and easy to make. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Montaukmaniac Thats my son, not me.

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    ... the mother of invention. Great!
     
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    fishhardsb Newbie

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    You the Man G! Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise
     
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  12. ripped

    ripped I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    You don’t know me very well! LOL
    Thanks Chris
     
  13. Bill W

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    I like the even pull of your strap winch over what I do. I use a truck bed crane that will need to be pumped and between pumps the test momentary stops. Harbor Freight trip needed...
     
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  14. ripped

    ripped I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Mine has a 3:1 ratio which seems to be fine. A 4:1 was recommended but I had already ordered. Also both the winch and scale are rated at 600#.
     
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    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    As mentioned by yessokk, removing or shortening the strap will increase your cranking power, if you need it.
     
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  16. MikeyLikesIt

    MikeyLikesIt did you say F I S H I N G ???

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    That would be fun to play with on travel days on longer trips. Could even organize competitions........or, show "before" and "after" (cocktails). :D

    May have to make up one of those........thanks for posting it!
     
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    Leave the wood on for protection.

    On my line tester - when the line broke it broke the plexiglass and had me running to clean up the wicked cut (should have been stitched) I crazy glued my hand back together and put the machine away for a month.

    Safety glasses, heavy leather gloves are needed when doing this.

    Appreciate the ingenuity. The length of the machine will be invaluable to test windons and topshots if you build them.
     
  18. locvetter

    locvetter Well-Known "Member"

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    John,

    Yikes! Maybe I lucked out have the 3/8ths Lexan. I feel very safe when using my cover. Sorry about your hand.
     
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    I cover my test with a bedsheet.
     
  20. InDeepShip

    InDeepShip Ah ship

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    Use a shipping blanket and staple it down it works great. You dont want to have a ghost flying at you.
     

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