While at Allan J Coleman I did a little maintenance shopping. Picked up new clutch jaws for my K-50s bearings for the spartan auto feed, and some replacement blades for my mainline machine. I use a mix of standard pair shape cutters, along with the Eel adapter and the 1 1/4 Ell cutters and a Ridgid adapter with the Ridgid 1 1/4 cutters.
JrSaltz mentioned in one of his posts that he got his hands on the Eel three blade expanding cutter. I mentioned I had one and it broke after a few jobs. Now the one I had the part the blades attached to where cast brass and thats the parts that broke. I got to see the ones JrSaltz was talking about. They are very impressive. I want to say billeted aluminum is what the parts the blades attach to are. I just want to see these look bullet proof.
I did not buy one just yet since I am still using my Ridgid expanding cutter welded to a 3/4 leader that Allan J Coleman has made up. There is a couple villages and cities that like to wittiness the main line roddings and require you to use the expanding cutter. The Ridgid one welded to the leaders fit the bill perfectly for me. I will snap a few pics of this in the morning and post them here as well.
When it breaks I will try one of these. Maybe if JrSaltz has used his yet he can chime in.
I forgot to take pics of the ones they have at AJC, but here is what Eel had on there website. http://www.electriceel.com/expansiontools.htm