Wades Extruder useful nowadays?

Wades Extruder useful nowadays?

Postby Munson » 2014-Nov-Fri-13-Nov

Any reviews on the old clock gear extruder?I got my hands on one and is wandering if it is going backwards if I switched out my alu extruder for this thing?What are the pros and cons?
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Re: Wades Extruder useful nowadays?

Postby RetireeJay » 2014-Nov-Fri-13-Nov

Here's my take on it; others probably will have other perspectives.

Advantages: more steps per mm of filament (better resolution); more torque available to drive the filament due to gearing; and complete thermal isolation between motor and filament driving point (avoiding heat transfer from motor causing softening of filament before it reaches the hot end). It works great with 3mm filament, whereas direct-drive can't really produce the needed torque. That's less of an issue for 1.75mm filament.

Disadvantages: more complex (i.e. more expensive to make); weighs a little more; generally needs a "filament guide" to make sure the filament lines up with the hobbed part of the bolt (but filament guide is small and easily printed).

You want to use injection-molded plastic gears. Printed gears and laser-cut wooden ones just don't have the quality to do a good job. Herringbone gears are not a good idea.

I'm happy with my Wade's and have no plan to switch.
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Re: Wades Extruder useful nowadays?

Postby Munson » 2014-Nov-Sat-11-Nov

Thanks Rj,I will give it a try with a E3dv6 using 1.75....give the alu bench time along with my ubis.
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Re: Wades Extruder useful nowadays?

Postby ei8htohms » 2014-Nov-Sat-12-Nov

If using it with 1.75 mm filament you'll need a guide between the hobbed bolt and the top of the hot end.
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Re: Wades Extruder useful nowadays?

Postby plexus » 2015-Jan-Tue-16-Jan

I started with Wades. when DD came along I jumped on it only to find, for me, DD was highly unreliable. the only benefit to DD that I could see is that they look nicer (the aluminum ones). so I switched back to Wades and everything's been fine. worth well with ninjaflex too.
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Re: Wades Extruder useful nowadays?

Postby wd5gnr » 2015-Jan-Tue-20-Jan

I miss mine other than shimming the hot end from wobble
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