Not a Hijack, but I am into this thread.
Bought mine from an estate sale 2 weeks ago.
It was about $50 or $60... I sale about because I originally agreed $70, but piled a bunch of other stuff around it and ended up getting a package deal with a ton of other tools..
It is a HF unit, but it is one of the better, welded ones and Identical to the Baileigh EW-28, which is $800...
I only got one lower anvil, but grabbed a set from HF for $55 with a coupon.
So, it is my understanding that these are good units but need some fettling and mods, which I am ok with, at about $100 invested so far.
The first thing I did, was check the upper wheel runout, and it was not good.
I made a mandrill, and chucked it up in my lathe.
Breaking thru the hard chrome layer, took a carbide tip, but it trued it up and allowed me to get a better finish on it.
That done, I set out to learn to "Wheel", which I have never done before, but I am normally a quick study.
Decided to do a test piece that would be a smaller scale test for a rear wrap.
After a couple of hours, this is what I made...
A quick buff showed me how it was...
The machine does need some stiffening by adding a backbone, but this small test was done without it.
Small investment, lots of potential!
Quick video of test piece...