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Old 02-17-2010, 12:01 PM
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Hi Folks,

I want to build a bead roller and am looking for some basic plans and ideas on on building a machine and where to get rollers or how to make them. The whole process seems pretty simple, but I don't want to reinvent the wheel (no pun intended) if I don't have to. Pictures of a home built would be nice.

A 12 to 18" throat and 14 ga. capacity would be great.

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Old 02-17-2010, 12:23 PM
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Don, look in the General Welding Information forum, Project & Equipment Index and see section #9 for some shop made rollers, brakes, etc.

Charlie C has a modification thread with his roller right now.
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Old 02-17-2010, 06:36 PM
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Thanks Cutter.

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Old 02-17-2010, 07:59 PM
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This one was given to me. It is probably way too big for what you are looking for but maybe it will give you some ideas.

I should get the rollers done on Thursday as that is the first day that I was able to get to a bigger lathe so the axles could be machined.
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Its not a set of plans, but is a kit, that requires a bit of fine tuning, but does work well after it finished. The Harbor Freight #34104 sheet metal bead roller/shear. Here is the thread link to the one I modified for an antique car headlight restorer.


http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ad.php?t=15551



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Old 02-18-2010, 10:52 AM
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[QUOTEI want to build a bead roller and am looking for some basic plans and ideas on on building a machine and where to get rollers or how to make them.][/QUOTE]What Jack said......

Starting with the HF set, then searching the www( there were 4 or 5 last time I looked) for peeps that have beefed/altered/made better alterations to the stoor model.

I spent a weekend doing that the the HF set I bought and find that it has become a useful addition. It will now pert near double the work over stock. Plus having a chain reduction and drive motor makes it a keeper for sure.

I found it cheaper and much much quicker to have something I could use rather than making all of it from scratch.
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