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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by heavy, May 17, 2006.

  1. heavy
    Joined: Mar 17, 2006
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    anyone have ideas on making your own bead rollers:confused:
     
  2. T_rav
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    it would be cheaper to buy one. they sell em that fit in a vice. beads come out good too.
     
  3. Chris P
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    from Tucson

  4. hsheartaches
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    A buddy's got one from Harbor Freight...we had to reinforce it to keep anything from walkin' in it, but now it's smooth as a rail....literally. heheh
     
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  5. Pooch
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    How did you reinforce the harbor freight bead roller?
    Pooch
     
  6. poop
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  7. hsheartaches
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    We cut a 1/4" plate doubler out that was just a bit smaller than the original plate that hold the rollers, and did a partial pen weld all the way around.

    For instance, it looks like a U right?? So we cut a smaller U and welded it to one side. Works like a dream now.
     
  8. scootermcrad
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    Can you swap dies on the Harbor Freight model? Also, the last time I went to HF's website I couldn't find the bead roller anymore. All I could find was the edger and a stand for a bead roller. did they discontinue it?? I hope not! I had plans of my own for that thing!

    Good stuff here! Metalshapers rule!
     
  9. hsheartaches
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    Yup...$99 for the hand crank. The dies do swap out, and I believe they carry a die kit for it as well. It'll do 22-24ga w/ no reinforcement and do a good line. It's not bad on 20ga....but you put a piece of 18ga in it w/o reinforcing it, and it'll roll the "slipper when wet" sign. heheh It's a cheap and easy fix, or you can go out and spend $300 on a nice one. Just what I've found out.
     
  10. TINGLER
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    You could spend a week and $500 making one,
    Or you could buy a HF one for $99.

    I own a HF one.

    It works good for the hobbyist. If you're a pro...maybe get something better.

    I just wanted some beads in some sheet metal. It does that. I like it.;)
     

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