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Harbor freight Bead Roller Dies

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by testpilot, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. testpilot
    Joined: Apr 18, 2006
    Posts: 207

    from Denver

    guys is there any interest in me approaching a local machine shop buddy to make harbour freight bead roller dies.

    I hoping he can make these dies for a reasonable price .. for us that use the HF roller it would be nice to have a dies assortment ...

    Any suggestions designs ....?
  2. Slide
    Joined: May 11, 2004
    Posts: 3,026


    IMO, the dies aren't really the problem with the HF beader. It's the frame that's the weak part. I bought the HF beader for the dies.

    I think you'd have a pretty limited market...'cept maybe for some tipping dies.

    I do wish they were splined or at least keyed, though.... but they haven't really given me any problems since I put some beefage on the frame.
  3. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,987

    Member Emeritus

    One more vote for tipping dies.

  4. Slag Kustom
    Joined: May 10, 2004
    Posts: 4,312

    Slag Kustom

    agree on the tipping dies. im too lazy to buy the material to make some
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  5. UnIOnViLLEHauNT
    Joined: Jun 22, 2004
    Posts: 4,824


    the assortment is nice, but a larger bead die wouldnt be bad.
  6. crapshoot
    Joined: Apr 25, 2005
    Posts: 690


    how big are the dies on a hf bead roller. your best bet would be to adapt the mittler bros dies to the hf roller then you would have a lot of dies to choose from.
  7. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,940

    pimpin paint
    from so cal


    Keep in mind that if you're shoppin' "tipping dies" and haven't beefed
    up that "fine China steel " frame that you'll be pissin' in the wind, and
    wonderin' why ya got wet!

    Swankey Devils C.C.

    "Meanwhile, back aboard The Tainted pork"
  8. testpilot
    Joined: Apr 18, 2006
    Posts: 207

    from Denver

    I would have them machine a keyway into each set.
  9. youngster
    Joined: Feb 26, 2006
    Posts: 533

    Member Emeritus
    from Minnesota

    I'm looking for a set of 1.00 and 1.125 dies. Would you ask him how much?

  10. Irrational Metalworks
    Joined: Feb 5, 2007
    Posts: 589

    Irrational Metalworks
    Alliance Vendor
    from DFW

  11. I have the Horrible Freight roller and a nice Pro Tools roller. The pro Tools uses the same size dies as Mittler Bros., and many other quality rollers. The HF is a bastard size, both the overall dia and the shaft.
  12. no bux rod
    Joined: Mar 26, 2007
    Posts: 123

    no bux rod

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