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Old 01-28-17, 01:35 AM
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Park Tool Portable Wheel Dishing Tool

Looking at learning to build wheels again. (I started a good while back but gave up as I had other things going on.) I just wanted to ask some of the more experienced members here, is the Park Tool portable dishing tool any good and what downside does it have compared to a standard, fixed dishing tool?

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I use the portable dishing tool (and older version of the one you linked to) and haven't had any problems. I never fold mine, so the fact that it's marketed as portable is kind of irrelevant to me. The portable model doesn't work with tires installed. I'm sure there must be other advantages to the pricier model, but the portable one is sufficient for the job. You can also make your own out of a block of wood.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
You can also make your own out of a block of wood.
Or even a piece of heavy cardboard (Roger Musson's book has detailed plans). Yeah, it will wear out eventually ... then you just cut out a new one I've used mine on a half dozen wheels now and it's still going strong.
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I have used the Park portable dishing tool and it has served me well. It is a little on the heavy side compared to their newer model, the WAG 4 which I have also used.
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Three of stacks of washers (I use to say quarters but...), two to support the rim and one to touch the axle lock nuts/caps, on a counter top serve as a dishing check gage. Andy.
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
Three of stacks of washers (I use to say quarters but...), two to support the rim and one to touch the axle lock nuts/caps, on a counter top serve as a dishing check gage. Andy.
Yeah, but, man, that's a LOT of washers......
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
I use the portable dishing tool (and older version of the one you linked to) and haven't had any problems. I never fold mine, so the fact that it's marketed as portable is kind of irrelevant to me. The portable model doesn't work with tires installed. I'm sure there must be other advantages to the pricier model, but the portable one is sufficient for the job. You can also make your own out of a block of wood.
Nice one, Andy!

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Or even a piece of heavy cardboard (Roger Musson's book has detailed plans). Yeah, it will wear out eventually ... then you just cut out a new one I've used mine on a half dozen wheels now and it's still going strong.
Haha! Yeah. I have Musson's book.

Originally Posted by lvolpe View Post
I have used the Park portable dishing tool and it has served me well. It is a little on the heavy side compared to their newer model, the WAG 4 which I have also used.
Cheers.

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Three of stacks of washers (I use to say quarters but...), two to support the rim and one to touch the axle lock nuts/caps, on a counter top serve as a dishing check gage. Andy.
I've heard that method used before, Andy. May give it a go.

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Yeah, but, man, that's a LOT of washers......
LOL!
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