The MADE Show was fantastic. So glad to see so many inspired builders of frames and wheels!
June 18, 2007 3 Comments
I keep a small inventory of this fine machine in Seattle, along with spare parts. If you're interested or have questions, please visit our store.
The machine comes complete, including a manual describing function, maintenance, and trouble shooting.
What are its features?
(1) Spoke cutting is ultra precise for both J-bend and straight pull spokes. The cutter is a two part shear. One part is a hardened, round tube that supports the spoke shaft. Across its face slides a sharp, bladed tool. The cut is accurate and perpendicular. This is the EXACT method used in actual spoke manufacturing.
(2) Spoke gauge is set in seconds by moving a toggle switch about 1cm. up or down.
(3) Thread depth can be micro controlled with fine thread adjusting screws. In this way, much more effective life can be squeezed out of threading dies.
(4) Threading is fast and easy. Combined with cutting to length, the Morizumi machine will support production rates of 400-450 spokes per hour. I agree that the Phil cutter can go somewhat faster, but the consistency and lack of jamming of our tool more than makes up.
(5) The machine does not accumulate debris. There are no areas that can become filled or spoiled by spoke cutting metal bits. Even so, it's easy to fully disassemble for inspection and cleaning. No tools are required.
(6) The threading dies are extremely long lived. These are the same fine, Japanese dies used to manufacture Wheelsmith spokes (in the past). They can be expected to last for more than 100,000 spokes. Light oil is recommended for threading, applied to the dies every 100 operations, or so.
Have you thought about the expense of modern spokes? How about CX-Ray? And how many different lengths are needed to support all the wheel brands and models out there? The wheel scene has never been so diverse and hundreds, literally, of lengths are needed. What better way to meet this challenge than with a spoke cutter? Shops throughout the World are storing millions of spokes that are the WRONG length. These 278's and 305's are going to take decades to sell. Now is the time to cut them to the length needed. You don't need spoke blanks to support this strategy. Spoke overstock is everywhere. Make a big shop or distributor an offer. In 2004, I was witness to several tons of DT spokes going to scrap at the liquidation auction of a Seattle area recumbent maker. That should never have happened.
So, first convince yourself that a spoke cutter will pay for itself in convenience and lowered inventory cost. Then decide to own the best, the Morizumi SCT machine.
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