Bicycle Mechanics - Preciray truingstand
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11-03-09, 02:29 PM
A friend of mine gave me a big ass truing stand. It was destined for scrap and he saved it for me:
I couldn't find a lot of information on it on the interwebz, but supposedly it saves a lot of time when building new wheels. It has an integrated dishing feature, but I am not exactly sure how it works.
I've tried to true a wheel and it's very weird using the two roller dials as indicators. Supposedly, when you get used to it, truing becomes an even more intuitive process, thereby saving time, or something.
Has anyone used this truing stand? I'll say this much, it is effing stable! But that is probably on account of its weight, which is 57 pounds!
I would appreciate any input/experciences. Also, is it true that it is also suitable to build/true motorcycle wheels on, because if it is, i think I might try to rebuild an old scrap wheel just for fun.
11-03-09, 05:04 PM
It's a VAR Tools Model CR-48600 Truing Stand according to their website http://www.vartools.com/fr/fiche_produit.php?id=147&shop=0&pro=0. The following is a description from an old catalog:
"PRECIRAY - VAR" WHEEL TRUEING STAND. The wheel trueing stand that allows A NON SPECIALIST TO correct any variation in a wheel in less than 3 MINUTES.
The direct reading of the faults (amplified 3 times) overcomes any error of judgement and NON QUALIFIED worker knows exactly on which nipple he must work. It accommodates wheels of all diameters, rims of all widths, hubs of any size from juvenile to moped. Quantities of one type of wheel can be trued with only one setting.
"PRECIRAY-VAR" is constructed entirely in steel, is heavy-duty and perfectly rigid and is guaranteed TO SAVE TIME AND EXPENSE for all wheel builders. Any up-and-down or side-to-side movement of the rim is shown on the indicator table and even an unskilled work man knows at once which nipples need adjustment and how much.
Weight: 58 lbs
The price is given as 1741 euros. I'll take it off your hands for what it cost you, if you cannot find a "non-qualified worker" who can figure out how to use it :)
11-03-09, 07:04 PM
that link is dead^^^
try this one:
11-03-09, 11:45 PM
Ha, thanks for the info, but I was hoping someone could share experiences. I did find out that it was built for unskilled workers as well as experienced builders. So if I was a total noob, this would be even more perfect ;-) I didn't know it was worth that much though!
if I can't find a space for it in my already tiny shed, I might have to flip it.
11-03-09, 11:59 PM
worth a little bit of money, but it is not the monster like a Villum.
11-04-09, 12:12 PM
There was someone on here a couple months back who had been looking for one of those for several years, you might look in to them. Also add me to the list of people to contact if you decide to flip it.
Edit: Found it. The user is Big Steve, I've sent him a PM for you with a link to this thread. He's probably willing to pay more than most others here as he knows what it is.
11-04-09, 08:19 PM
I'm the guy looking for a Preciray. PM sent.
I built hundreds of wheels on two Precirays, one in an Ohio shop in the late 1970's and another in a Minnesota shop in the early 1980's. They were provided as part of the standard tooling for Raleigh shops in the 1970's. But few mechanics got the hang of using them, so most of them sat and rusted. During my bike shop days, I taught a dozen or so mechanics to use the Preciray but only one or two of them got the hang of it. So, I've concluded they aren't for everyone, but they certainly worked for me and I'm the market for a used one. That one looks like a bit mistreated, but I'm nonetheless interested in buying it.
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