Lancaster Porto Stretcher (1 body, 1 cartridge)

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£209.00 £174.17

Lancaster Porto Stretcher (1 body, 1 cartridge)

The original machine designed and made in Pennsylvania USA in 1939 and the only shrinker stretchers still made in the USA. All other machines that look like this are from the far East. Some are very well made like our STA105's but if you are using day in day ouit this is the boy.

US made sheet metal stretcher. Used to stretch metal to pull it up in compound curves or for creating inside and outside angles in angled material.

All individual parts are available separately down to the last nut and bolt.

The body of the machine are made in cast iron and the jaws are hardened alloy steel. This combination, backed by over 70 years of tradition, make the Lancasters and lifelong tool. Each unit weighs just over 12lbs and comes ready assembled. Often copied but never equaled, these shrinker stretchers are the choice for any serious metal shaper.

All Lancaster shrinkers and stretchers are engraved "Lancaster" so you can tell you are buying the real deal that Charlie Beard designed for the Charlie Beard Tool Co. in 1939 that went on to become Lancaster Pump. See the history of the tool at the bottom of this listing.

Parts List (all parts available - main consumable listed)


Complete shrinker cartridge£95.83 net£115.00 inc vat
Complete stretcher cartridge£95.83 net£115.00 inc vat
Large shrinker jaw (2 per cartridge)£15.83 net£19.00 inc vat
Small shrinker jaw (2 per cartridge)£14.17 net£17.00 inc vat
Large stretcher jaw (2 per cartridge)£16.67 net£20.00 inc vat
Small stretcher jaw (4 per cartridge)£15.83 net£19.00 inc vat
Shrinker suspension wire£2.50 net£3.00 inc vat
Stretcher suspension wire£2.50 net£3.00 inc vat
Complete unit less cartridge£91.67 net£110.00 inc vat


A History of the Lancaster Porto Shrinker Stretcher

C-B Tool is located in the heartland of Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Along with the lush green rolling countryside and the Amish community, Lancaster has a prosperous variety of industrial concerns. One of these is C-B Tool Company.

C-B Tool began in 1939 as a jobbing machine shop and the manufacturer of a variety of automotive tools. It was started by an innovative and creative man by the name of Charlie Beard but after December 7th, 1941 the company focus changed.  C-B Tool quickly became involved in the war effort. Production during the war years was 24 hours a day, 365 days a year making equipment for the ships of our Navy.

After World War II ended the company went back to its original mission of machine work and tool making. The company made all kinds of tools, including: metal shrinker and stretchers, rivet cutters, a tool designed to help position tongue and groove boards, hole punches,  crimpers, cable splicing blocks, and more.  All that remains today is the rivet cutters and the shrinker and stretcher tools.

One of the first tools manufactured by C-B Tool Co. turned out to be the best. It was the shrinker and stretcher metal forming tool. It was a difficult tool for Charlie to perfect, but the final 1939 version is virtually the same tool today. The tool shrinks and stretches metal for inside and outside turns. No more cutting and welding. You work the metal to the perfect angle. It is an easy to use quality built tool that continues to grow in popularity.

Charlie Beard is long gone, but his legacy of premium workmanship in his shrinker and stretcher remains intact with the third generation of family members. His metal forming tools are now sold worldwide. His invention has helped those in auto restoration, the aircraft industry, and automotive body shops for nearly 70 years.  It’s a great tool that is literally ageless.


Product CodeLP2ST
Jaw Width1 3/4" (45mm)
Throat Depth1" (25mm)
Capacity Mild Steel1.2mm
Capacity Aluminium1.6mm
Capacity Stainless1.0mm
Weight for Shipping


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Delivery & Returns

GB Mainland orders over £75.00 before vat up to 30 Kilos 

All orders over £75.00 net before vat total value and under 30 kilos total weight are delivered free of charge by 24hr courier or 1st class Royal Mail depending on item and weight (usually 1-2 days for courier and 1-2 days for post but please allow up to 7 days for post) A signature is required for courier deliveries so please arrange for someone to be in at delivery address. If you are unsure of delivery method please email or call.

Please rest assured that all orders will be packaged and despatched same or next day and we will do our best to get them to you as soon as possible. Depending on what time of day your order is made it may be the next day before the courier is able to pick it up for delivery. If you have any questions feel free to call us anytime on 01509 812171. We will even try to answer the telephone out of hours if at all possible. 

GB mainland orders 25 – 250 Kilos excluding postcodes DD,PH,AB,IV,KW,PA 20-41, Highlands & Islands. Please call for our best prices for these locations.
Delivery prices are calculated by total order weight & size and are as follows : 

0 - 30 kg (Over £75) £ Free

0-500g £2.50 + vat
0-1kg £3.30 + vat
0 - 2 kg £5.45 + vat
3 - 30kg £7.00 + vat
26 - 30 kg £14.50 + vat
31 - 40 kg £21.50 + vat
41 - 50 kg £26.50 + vat
51 - 60 kg £30.00 + vat

These products are sent by courier or Royal Mail 1st and are usually delivered next day but can take 2 days. A signature is required for courier deliveries so please arrange for someone to be in at the address. In the case of heavier machinery over 30kg you may be required to help the driver move the product off the street to you desired location. 

Heavy Goods Items 
These items are marked in the catalogue together with their respective delivery price. We will call you to arrange delivery and confirm details on the telephone. You may be required to help the driver move the product from the roadside to your desired location. Heavy delivery can take up to 4 working days from point of order but is often sooner depending on location. Unfortunately we can only deliver these items to mainland GB unless you are able to arrange collection. 

Buying from outside GB Mainland. 
We are happy to deliver worldwide and send overseas on a weekly basis. We use 2 courier agencies, who between them, cover all the worldwide couriers available to the UK. Prices are up to 50% lower than going direct because of their massive buying power. Because of the many variables involved please call on 01509 812171 or email and we will calculate the best price for you whether it be by sea or air. 

Returns Policy 
Stakesy’s Guarantee: 14 Day Money Back Guarantee 

1/ Items returned under the 7 working day cancellation period 
If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, you can return it to us in its original condition within 7 days of the date you received the item, unopened (with any seals and shrink-wrap intact) and we will refund the cost of the item and the cost of sending the item to you as follows: 
-where you are returning an item that was part of a larger order, we'll refund the per-item charge for delivery that you incurred -where you are returning an entire order, we'll refund all delivery charges that you incurred -we will refund only standard shipping charges for items delivered mainland UK (excluding Highlands & islands and orders over 25 kilos in weight)

2/ Items returned under 14-day returns guarantee 
Where you are withdrawing from your purchase between 7 and 14 days after delivery, and there has been no error on our part, we will refund only the cost of the item minus 10% handling charge. We will not refund the cost of delivery or other services provided to you in connection with your purchase.

3/ Any goods items over 60 kg that have incurred special freight charges are excluded and the buyer will be responsible for both arranging and the costs of the return delivery.

Refunds will be paid within thirty days of cancellation. 

Please post goods to be returned or exchanged to:

Stakesy’s Metalwork Machinery, Unit 12 Hayhill Industrial Estate, Loughborough, LE12 8LD.

It is crucial that you pack the goods to be returned the same way as we sent out. Please consider that a returned item that is damaged in return transit may well be un-refundable if we cannot re-sell. Please include a note of your requirements and original invoice number.