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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by heavy, May 17, 2006.
anyone have ideas on making your own bead rollers
it would be cheaper to buy one. they sell em that fit in a vice. beads come out good too.
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
How did you reinforce the harbor freight bead roller?
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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.
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!
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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.
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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