Hating on the Renzetti Traveler

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Monkey Salad, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. poirierpro

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    Sell the Renzetti on the bay and get a Dyna King.:thumb:
     
  2. Norm Frechette

    Norm Frechette Googlemeister

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    i disagree!

    ive had my traveler since they first came out and never had a problem. changed out the old style 2 screw head with the new cam style head and still no problem. o-ring has never broken, screws have never popped off.
     
  3. Jack Murphy

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    I have the Traveler also, non-cam. Never had a problem with screws breaking but then again I don't tie 200 flies a month.

    Maybe it's an issue of fatigue?
     
  4. g_smolt

    g_smolt Recreational User

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    The original jaw-adjustment screw is a cheap, pot-metal thingy that is definitely prone to fatigue and breakage.

    A replacement SS screw has enough hardness to resist fatigue, yet is small enough to break before the jaws do in an overload situation.
     
  5. bfic

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    As an engineer I know you can never please everyone. If you believe the "what vise do you use" surveys, Renzetti holds the majority market share so they are doing most things right.

    FYI - the black steel socket head cap screws (allen head) are much stronger than the stainless steel. cheap stainless hardware is relatively soft.
     
  6. Norm Frechette

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  7. Denny

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    Man, you need to quitting hitting the gym!

    The screw issue aside, it sounds like you are clamping down on your hooks very tightly. Maybe back off how tightly you are clamping the hoosk. I haven't had any issue similar to what you have, and there are a lot of extremely happy Renzetti Traveller owners out there.
     
  8. g_smolt

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    Yup, that's what the guy at the hardware store told me, which is why I went with the stainless...I didn't want to get a replacement Renzetti screw and have it break again, but I also didn't want to break the jaws while hoggin' down on a 3/0.
     
  9. Les Johnson

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    My Griffin Odyssey and HMH vises both hold a hook tight and have never broken.
    Les Johnson
     
  10. buzzer

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    Ditto,although at times I wished the Odyssey would break. It just never loved me period.But it was my first rotary..I guess I will eventually give it to my nephew,frustration... is a valuable learning tool.I'm keeping my ancient Thompson A though It did me no harm.
     
  11. Les Johnson

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    Buzzer,
    I'm with you on the Odyssey. It does get loose and rattles around sometimes. After I tighten up all of the screws it works just fine again. I have the same constant adjustment challenges with the HMH. However, the fact that they are both tough as hell and don't break trumps the all rest for my tying. Besides, at this stage of my tying life I dont want to shop around for another vise.
    Cheers,
    Les
     
  12. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    mine only lasted 10 years before I had to get a new one
     
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    Ive had my traveler for 14 years and it still works great, never had a problem with it. Sorry about your bad luck and good thing you had glasses on.
     
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    I have a Traveller. It has served me well over the years. When the cam lever jaws came out I replaced my twin screw jaws. The traveller has done well with medium to small hooks, but does not hold larger hooks well. When I mentioned this to a Renzetti rep at a trade show, he said to buy some new jaws. (He did not even suggest I send them to Renzetti to have them looked at ). So I did. In fact, I actually bought two sets of new vice jaws. One set is on a Regal for larger hooks and the other is on my Norvise. That did solve my problem with the Traveller. :thumb:

    Dr Bob
     
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