View Full Version : Advice on a real good tip machine for cues.

07-27-2002, 06:25 AM
I was wanting to get some opinions on a really good machine or tool to put new cue tips on cues. I am wanting one that will do everything to put a tip on. Cut old one off, sand, apply, trim, shape and burnish. I am tired of messing with the old sanding wheel and looking for something quicker, more accurate and does a much neater job. I have seen through out the years different tools that are supposed to do it all but have never seen any of them actually work. If I can find one that works good enough, I would like to start putting on tips for others in my area. I am willing to spend some money on this tool or machine if it will do the job well. I am looking forward to everybody's help and thought's. If you know of any sites that are saleing these products like this, please send there address too me. I am looking for as much input as I can get. Thanks Again! Kevin Clanton

07-27-2002, 07:06 AM
Other then a lathe. I don't know of a tool that does all you want. actually though, the good quality fixes you describe, are due more to the care the worker takes when performing the work, rather then some magic machine. To finish a tip nicely, you need only to be able to spin the shaft. A set up to do this can be very simply built yourself for very little money.

07-27-2002, 08:38 PM
I don't know if this covers what you need it for, although for the price, you'd probably be better off saving up for a lathe.

Oh yeah, and you'll have to call to check stock. . . .

http://www.billiardfanatic.com/product.asp?intProdID=728&intcatalogID=27&strCatal og_Name=Re%2DTipping+Aids&DPT=6&page=1&PullDown=0

07-27-2002, 09:44 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: heater451:</font><hr> I don't know if this covers what you need it for, although for the price, you'd probably be better off saving up for a lathe.

Oh yeah, and you'll have to call to check stock. . . .

http://www.billiardsdigest.com/ccboard/showthreaded.php?Cat=&amp;Board=ccbboard&amp;Number=4662&amp;S earch=true&amp;Forum=ccbboard&amp;Words=Willard%20tipping% 20machine&amp;Match=Entire%20Phrase&amp;Searchpage=0&amp;Limit =25&amp;Old=1month&amp;Main=4216 (http://www.billiardfanatic.com/product.asp?intProdID=728&amp;intcatalogID=27&amp;strCatal og_Name=Re%2DTipping+Aids&amp;DPT=6&amp;page=1&amp;PullDown=0>http://www.billiardfanatic.com/product.asp?intProdID=728&amp;intcatalogID=27&amp;strCatal og_Name=Re%2DTipping+Aids&amp;DPT=6&amp;page=1&amp;PullDown=0</a>)

07-27-2002, 10:11 PM
You'd be better off going directly to Willard's (1-800-379-0299). They are holding their annual "BCA Show Sale" and have it for $295.

The Willard's Tipper/Trimmer does a good job square sanding the shaft end, centering the tip to shaft and trimming. However, be aware that the one collet set and trimmer does NOT fit all shaft diameters and provides no ability for spinning the shaft. I have four collet sizes and three trimmer sizes.

When I first started doing repairs, I bought a spare collet &amp; holder, mounted it in a pillow block on a 1x12x12 along with a sewing machine motor to serve as a spinner for burnishing and shaping. It worked OK, but I burned up a few motors.

Troy...~~~ Still uses the Willard's even after buying a lathe.

07-27-2002, 10:30 PM
Hi Kevin, I hope you're still enjoying your BLACK HEART Q. As someone noted I do have 2 of the Willards machines &amp; use them every day, but I don't think you can get away from useing a lathe or some other apperatus to spin the shaft as you sand or polish &amp; burnish the tip. To put on a tip without the final steps is not doing a good enough job. GOOD LUCK &amp; e-mail me if I can be of anymore help...JER

07-28-2002, 05:54 PM
Thanks for your help everybody. It is greatly appreciated! I will look into all of your ideas. Thanks again, Kevin