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Harbor Freight bead roller ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Frenchy32, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Frenchy32
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
    Posts: 288

    Frenchy32
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    from arizona

    Anyone using a Harbor Freight bead roller let us know how you like it if it is worth the money and show us some samples if you have one of them the finish product. Or if you modified it for the better.

    Thanks
    Frenchy
     
  2. NTAPHSE
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 1,030

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    Frenchy I have seen threads showing how people stiffened the beadroller with a frame. I have one and have used it a little bit, enough to see how the plate flexes and why it needs to be reinforced. In fact you can borrow mine if you want to try it out. I'll be at Gooddguys this weekend and could bring it.
     
  3. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,559

    zman
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    from Garner, NC

    Seriously use the search function and you'll get more answers than you can handle.
     
  4. Yeah, there are some good bead roller threads on here. There's an old hot rodder here in so cal that makes good quality rollers with different sized throats and also sells blank dies you can turn on a lathe and make custom profiles with.

    William's Lo Buck Tools
     
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  5. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
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    zman
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    from Garner, NC

  6. Frenchy32
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
    Posts: 288

    Frenchy32
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    from arizona


    Thanks for the offer. If you could e mail me your phone # and we can talk. I am working this weekend will not be able to attend the Goodguys. Working on a new project.

    Thanks !!!!
    Frenchy
     
  7. chrisntx
    Joined: Jan 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,791

    chrisntx
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    from Texas .

    Since the HAMB search doesnt work well, use Google, search HAMB, BEADROLLER
     
  8. Frenchy32
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
    Posts: 288

    Frenchy32
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    from arizona

    I appreciate all of your post on my subject.

    Thanks
    Frenchy
     
  9. toreadorxlt
    Joined: Feb 27, 2008
    Posts: 734

    toreadorxlt
    Member
    from Nashua, NH

    it is unusable out of the box. needs stiffening to do anything in steel... Once it's beefed up, it works ok, forget about cranking and holding a piece by yourself, even with a steering wheel. Be prepared to have a buddy over.

    I bought the mittler brothers after modifying my HF... haven't looked back. $650 isn't much when you dont have to buy it again.
     
  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,216

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    There are lots of threads all over the net on those. Several on here that show how guys reinforced them to work better.

    If you catch one on half price sale and buy it knowing the limitations and do the modifications it should work ok for a guy with a home shop that isn't trying to do production work.
     
  11. budd
    Joined: Oct 31, 2006
    Posts: 3,479

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    there must be 15 threads on this, but this is my first comment, i bought one and tried to roll a bead in 16GA, pointless, think of it like a bead roller kit that still need some assembly, i'm going to start with two new pieces of 1/2" plate and go from there, i also have a few gear drive motors from power beds i want to use to power it.
     
  12. Glen
    Joined: Mar 21, 2001
    Posts: 1,789

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    Frenchy...they suck, you need an electric motor to keep everything smooth. I know how you build stuff and you wont be happy with the inconsistent beads it makes.

    You are welcome to bring your panels over and use my Mitler bros

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  13. XXL__
    Joined: Dec 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,790

    XXL__
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    Nerd tip... enter google search as follows--

    beadroller site:jalopyjournal.com
     
  14. Glen of all the people I know you build some of the nicest stuff I have seen.I am overwhelm with the cars you build. If you do not mind I am going and buy some sheet metal and stop by when you want me too to put a few beads. Two small pieces all I have for the sub floor for my new project.

    Thanks
    Frenchy
     
  15. SUCIO
    Joined: Jan 5, 2010
    Posts: 109

    SUCIO
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    learn something new everyday. This function is pretty helpful. thanks
     
  16. Search seems to work just fine,,,HRP

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  17. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 16,578

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    Backed mine up with 3" x 3" 0.375" wall. Rolls a nice even bead when my lovely assistant turns the crank. No reason to spend more.
     
  18. sakelley22
    Joined: Aug 1, 2010
    Posts: 102

    sakelley22
    Member
    from Easley SC

    don't have pics of what I did but they do flex I added 1/4 angle iron to mine it helped a great deal just run it down the arms
     
  19. I agree with Gimpy. I welded some 1/4 wall 2x3 to it and added a steering wheel and a "wheelman" - Works great!
     
  20. Frenchy32
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
    Posts: 288

    Frenchy32
    Member
    from arizona

    Thank You for all your comments on this subject.

    Frenchy
     
  21. i know this is an old post but this is what i did:

    a little diversion.....i have some sheet metal parts to make for the MGA coupe and since little joe went back to college i need another set of hands....or a motor
    heres the install materials: mometary foot switch, dayton gear motor which spins at 2.8 RPM, reversible drum switch, and a vintage crank for creating tension, jaw coupling from McMaster Carr
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    the old business end a 25mm shaft on the crank
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    an already beefed up HF bead roller which doesnt deflect
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    the mock up using a hose clamp to keep everything together and lined up
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    wiring
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    "power in" is the power cord white and black
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    mocking it up to weld
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    cut out of 1/8" sheet steel
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    the offset was just where ever it landed but it is parallel to the bead roller
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    drum switch mounted
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    test run to make sure everything works right
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    it works perfectly tomorrow it gets disassembled and painted then the final wiring, and the tension wheel crank gets added
     
  22. finished up the mock up and painted it.
    cuts 18 really easily
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    16 ga was a little more labored but it still did it but was not an issue
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    heres the motor information
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    final wiring
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    final reassembly tonight
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  23. DONE!!!!! now to make some more MGA parts
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