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    The Ringanator and its Like

    Most excellent links losthelm, thank you very much. One can see the wide scope of possibilities from the cheapest, to the most high-end setups... with a little imagination, anything is possible! Personally, the concept of a guiding tray affixed to the blade & arbor set-up where you push your coils through to be cut is the most optimal way to go about doing this, like the Ringinator and other setups I have seen. Project X's coolant & lubrication system seems pretty comprehensive, and their coil guidance system looks like it has the potential for just about zero wobble between blade & coil. With more research and a few more questions answered, I plan to start my project, and with any luck it's not a complete disaster. And despite any frustration or time wasted on this project, the satisfaction of knowing I built a cutting rig for less cost than what most others are selling for will be well worth it! ^_^
  2. ChrisTopZ

    The Ringanator and its Like

    When it comes to purchasing saw-cut jump rings, the ring lord without a doubt delivers the highest quality product available on the net. Yet the cost & wait involved with placing an order are not the best way to be going about running an efficient business. Hoarding vast quantities of pre-coiled and cut jump rings in every material and every size is an incredibly expensive and highly unlikely venture, while at the same time ordering what you need for any given product quantifies waiting at least a week or two for your goods to be delivered. In which case, I've been doing some research on the most time & cost-efficient ways for one to go from a stockpile of wire of any sort, to as many high quality rings in as many sizes you can imagine; and these are the results I have found: The Jumpringer The Koil Kutter Pepe's Jumpringer and last but not least, the Ringinator I am interested in achieving flush-cut quality on all of my rings, which renders three of these four obsolete. The Jumpringer, KK, and Pepe's all rely upon a dremel, flex shaft driven motor, or perhaps a drill affixed with their specific arbors to be guided along their channel at a fixed speed to cut the "softer" metals. They are unable to cut steel, titanium, or niobium. They are all incredibly efficient systems in their own right, yet they don't do it all. The Ringinator, however, can do everything. You can achieve anywhere from 500 to over 18,000rpm via drive & driven pulley sizing, not to mention saw blade sizes; ultimately meaning that you can cut just about any type of metal you can coil up and feed it. The only downfall to the Ringinator, to my eyes--is the price tag affixed to something that looks like it was built in some dude's garage. Now, this brings me to my point. For $550 dollars, is it feasible for me to start a project to make my own version of the Ringinator? Essentially it's a motor, with a pulley attached (exchangable of course), with a drive belt, attached to the driven pulley, which spins the shaft which spins the cutting blade--which must be aligned perfectly in a CNC'd aluminum tray and enclosure for the coils to slide through. With access to a CNCing shop, and help from folks that are knowledgable about such assemblies, I am assuming that I can assemble my own version for at least half of what the Ringinator is selling for. Personally, I would just hate to see myself drop half a grand on something, knowing that there is a possibility it can be built from scratch. Of course upon purchasing it, you are also buying the assurrance of an assembled machine that works beautifully for its intended purpose, I just can't simply agree on the price tag. Any thoughts or suggestions on this before I begin trying to rig this thing up?