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Old 01-05-2016, 10:24 AM
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Powering Bead Roller - What Works?

I want to power my Princess Auto bead roller. Like most of you, I like to do things as cheap as possible, and use what I have if I can. I've seen lot's of threads suggesting cheap solutions, but what actually works. So far I've seen John Longs garage opener, a 1/2 drill, and a cheap winch, that all seem to work fine. What about 12 volt window motors, and wiper motors? I've seen these suggested several times, but is there anyone who's actually seen them work, and work well?

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There a lots of Youtube Videos on how to motorize the Harbor Freight Bead Roller-Google is your friend here, but here are a few:

https://youtu.be/-M37lnkkvSw

https://youtu.be/3GSD-SalaNU

https://youtu.be/2a4CO2yeR6w

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metal meet >?

I used a 12 V Harbor Freight winch and instructions from Metalmeet. The winch is reversible and has a handle to pull out to disconnect the power and run by hand. Norther tool has a 120 V winch with the yellow button control simiolat to eth HF one. Tread mill motors and controllors acan also be used. Youtube on modifying the electronics. And if you search here on hotrodders you will find more info. Check out jere kilpatric.s mod for a qujick release and adjustable shafts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra2-A-IuT-Q
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Metalmeet and some of the other metal working forums have some pretty good directions. Some of those youtube videos are down right scary. Especially the one with the big chain and gears. Great for getting a sleeve caught in. And the one where you can only hold the work piece with one hand? Would probably make for some really accurate bead work. The one with the foot pedal look the best, and is pretty consistent with some of the production models I've used.
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