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  • Picket Twister Pics per request...

    I have had some requests to post more detailed pictures of the picket twister and some spec info.

    Gear Box: 30 to 1 ratio
    Motor: 1/2 hp 120 Volt 1725 RPM
    10 in pulley on gear box 3 in on motor 1/2 in V Belt
    I Beam 6 inches wide

    This machine was built to twist 1/2 in solid square material for decorative pickets.
    The following is based on making 36 in pickets as a standard and pickets up to 44 in for special applications;
    36 in picket with basket: 5" from end, 6" of twist, 4 1/2" to basket which is
    about 5" long, another 4 1/2", then 6" of twist again, then the last 5" to the end. This should equal 36"

    36" Picket without basket: 6" twist 5" from end on both ends.
    Longer than 36" pickets will require inserting the bottom of the picket further into the mandrel so the bottom twist will line up with any length picket. The
    numbers and holes on the mandrel provide stops for these given pickets.

    The piece with the vice grips slides along the top of the I Beam easily and can be locked down at any position according to where you decide to put the twist in the material (and the length of the twist). You will notice that the vice grips are welded to the piece. Setting the vice grips down and forgetting where you put them got to be old so I welded them and it works so much better. When you are making 200 pickets or more and each picket has at least two twists, any time saved is worth it.

    When we first made a twister, we twisted hundreds and hundreds of pickets by manually turning on a switch and hoping you turned it off at exactly the right time. Under twisting and over twisting both create problems. Trying to correct for them generally ends up in a slightly bowed picket.

    I finally used a micro switch, holding relay, 24 volt transformer, momentary on push button and an on and off switch.
    I hit the button and release it and the holding relay keeps the machine running for one complete revolution and always stops at the right time. If I need a double twist I will just hit the button again.

    This twister will actually twist a half inch solid right in two. I am sure it would have no problems twisting 5/8 square solid but I have not made that mandrel yet.

    Also, if I switch mandrels, I also can make my rings on this machine which you can see in my videos, on Youtube, the link is in my signature.

    I didn't mean to rattle on for so long but some of you have requested more detail....so here it is.

    Hope this helps,
    Nick
    Attached Files
    Nick
    Miller 252 Mig
    Miller Cricket XL
    Millermatic 150 Mig
    Miller Syncrowave 200 Tig
    2-O/A outfits
    Jet Lathe and Mill
    Jet 7x12 horz/vert band saw
    DeWalt Multi Cutter metal saw
    Century 50 Amp Plasma Cutter
    20 ton electric/hydraulic vertical press
    Propane Forge
    60" X 60" router/plasma table

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTu7wicVCmQ
    Vist my site: www.nixstuff.com
    and check out some of my ironwork and other stuff

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    Picket Twister second half of pictures...

    Here is the second half of the picket twister pictures...
    Attached Files
    Nick
    Miller 252 Mig
    Miller Cricket XL
    Millermatic 150 Mig
    Miller Syncrowave 200 Tig
    2-O/A outfits
    Jet Lathe and Mill
    Jet 7x12 horz/vert band saw
    DeWalt Multi Cutter metal saw
    Century 50 Amp Plasma Cutter
    20 ton electric/hydraulic vertical press
    Propane Forge
    60" X 60" router/plasma table

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTu7wicVCmQ
    Vist my site: www.nixstuff.com
    and check out some of my ironwork and other stuff

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    • #3
      Very cool Nick looks great
      Miller Bobcat 250
      Victor O/A
      Chop Saw
      Porta-band
      grinders
      hand tools

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      • #4
        Thanks Nick, that's awesome.
        Syncrowave 250DX
        Invison 354MP
        XR Control and 30A

        Airco MED20 feeder
        Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 81
        Smith O/A rig
        And more machinery than you can shake a 7018 rod at

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        • #5
          pickets

          did you make the baskets these are the ones i made
          Attached Files

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          • #6
            thats way cool.
            where did you get the gear box??
            thanks for the help
            ......or..........
            hope i helped
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            • #7
              There is a local company that left some old machinery, worn gears, and gearboxes on their dock for removal. We ask them if we could have some parts and they said to take what we wanted. We did. We made two picket twisters, still have some gears left.......I got one other gearbox that has a heavy 90VDC motor that bolts right into it. Haven't found a project for it yet.
              I'm thimking something mobile that runs off a bank of batteries. It' bigger than the gearbox on the twister...very well built.
              Nick
              Miller 252 Mig
              Miller Cricket XL
              Millermatic 150 Mig
              Miller Syncrowave 200 Tig
              2-O/A outfits
              Jet Lathe and Mill
              Jet 7x12 horz/vert band saw
              DeWalt Multi Cutter metal saw
              Century 50 Amp Plasma Cutter
              20 ton electric/hydraulic vertical press
              Propane Forge
              60" X 60" router/plasma table

              www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTu7wicVCmQ
              Vist my site: www.nixstuff.com
              and check out some of my ironwork and other stuff

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              • #8
                That should make a great platform to work off of. The main thing about twisting metal is to have a uniform speed untill the twist is done. Starting and stopping as when done by hand tends to make it uneven and may have a bow it it. When we first started, we made a jig to do it by hand. Since we couldn't keep a constant pressure and speed, the results were just so so. With each stroke by hand, the metal heats and cools as compared to a continuous motion which I found makes a more uniform twist. On larger square like one inch solid, we heated in a forge till red then twisted.
                Nick
                Miller 252 Mig
                Miller Cricket XL
                Millermatic 150 Mig
                Miller Syncrowave 200 Tig
                2-O/A outfits
                Jet Lathe and Mill
                Jet 7x12 horz/vert band saw
                DeWalt Multi Cutter metal saw
                Century 50 Amp Plasma Cutter
                20 ton electric/hydraulic vertical press
                Propane Forge
                60" X 60" router/plasma table

                www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTu7wicVCmQ
                Vist my site: www.nixstuff.com
                and check out some of my ironwork and other stuff

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                • #9
                  Nice

                  Very nice - how did you make the baskets?

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                  • #10
                    I purchace the baskets from King. Not worth trying to make yourself for what they cost.
                    Nick
                    Miller 252 Mig
                    Miller Cricket XL
                    Millermatic 150 Mig
                    Miller Syncrowave 200 Tig
                    2-O/A outfits
                    Jet Lathe and Mill
                    Jet 7x12 horz/vert band saw
                    DeWalt Multi Cutter metal saw
                    Century 50 Amp Plasma Cutter
                    20 ton electric/hydraulic vertical press
                    Propane Forge
                    60" X 60" router/plasma table

                    www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTu7wicVCmQ
                    Vist my site: www.nixstuff.com
                    and check out some of my ironwork and other stuff

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                    • #11
                      C Neck: Waiting for those pics of your project up at the resturaunt!!!
                      Monte, your twister is SOOO cool it's SCARY!!!!!
                      GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                      (and thanks for all the info!!!!!!!!!)
                      I'm not late...
                      I'm just on Hawaiian Time

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                      • #12
                        thanks its going to open in april and the owner said
                        he buy me dinner so im going to take pics. then
                        what is king, i do get some things from decorative iron.
                        i buy 20 ft 1/2 solid sq.for $13.00 and 1/4 cold rolled
                        for the baskets .51 cents a foot on line the belly pickets
                        with a basket are around $13.00 each plus $1.70 each
                        to ship, the baskets cost me $1.04 each and .65 cents
                        a foot for the 1/2 sq. lets say 3 feet thats $1.95
                        so the hole picket cost me $2.99
                        monte 55 you could make baskets on that machine
                        twist 1 and a 1/2 times clockwise and then un twist
                        1 full turn
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                        • #13
                          Monte was talking about King Architectural metals, here's a link to their website. http://www.kingmetals.com/Default.aspx?Page=Home
                          If necessity is the Mother of Invention, I must be the Father of Desperation!

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                          • #14
                            thanks dabar 39

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                            • #15
                              montee55 you always come up with some good ideas on home made tools. i plan on making a twister and have a couple of questions.

                              do you know how much output torque your gear box has ? i have look at some from surplus center and they range from 336 to 3000 inch #.

                              the shaft that comes off the gear box that turns the picket , is that a impact socket welded on it ?

                              also could you post some pics of the switch that you talk about ?

                              keep up the good work. thanks Mark

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