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Old 01-08-2010, 10:51 PM
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Powered bead rollers???

I am looking into buying a powered bead roller. Was wondering if anyone here has one they can reccomend? Considering a Woodward Fab or Pro Tools. I know that Mitler Bros make a VERY nice unit, but with stand and 7 rollers is about 1300.00 w shipping. The Pro Tools unit will accept Mitler rolls (according to Pro Tools). Pro Tools quoted 1100.00 for unit with stand and 7 dies. The Woodward Fab unit is 960.00 w shipping. I feel any of these units would fit my needs, I just would like input from anyone who owns or uses one of these machines for their input before I spend $$$ on one.

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Old 01-13-2010, 05:45 AM
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I know how hard it is to decide on a bead roller.Will this be your first? how often will you be using it? try this site www.metalmeet.com they have whole sections on bead rollers and any other metal shaping tools you might need.
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Yes, it will be my first. I have 2 cars of my own to do and do paint/body and fab work to support my addiction. I know I want a powered unit and will use it, just can't quite swing the jack for a Mitler Bros and was looking for oppinions on others.
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I got one from HF to get used to it.Its hard to pick out a good one for yourself until you get used to using one.forking out the cash is rough for me too so i put a motor on mine from a commercial sewing machine(it has a clutch),a gear reduction box...You can use a hydraulic motor from Surplus center, www.surpluscenter.com but with a 18"HF bead roller you can do a lot of stuff for 100.00 If you just take the crank off and put a steering wheel on it.
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I bought the bigger HF bead roller... reinforced it with 2 x 2 angle iron ... added the HF atv 12 V winch and a jumper battery pack,... and the steering wheel... powered foreward and reverse.... some lathe work to the winch. all the info was on various Metalmeet threads.
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So ...have you went through ALL your scrap pile yet? when you get time check out the tipping wheels...... very handy...it'll take some lathe work because of the wierd shaft size on the HF roller....
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My son is an elect contractor and had his pickup bed trailer full of scrap wire. He bought the small throat HF bead roller and put on a high speed motor to smash the insulation to be able to get top price for clean copper. He gave me all the extra dies he didn't use. I reworked one die for him. . I heated it red then let it cool to try to anneal it . It still cut hard in the little lathe, harder than I thought it would be from HF. I have a copy of the mittler catalog roller dies. Just have to decide which ones to make.

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