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Old 04-22-2012, 07:57 PM
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Default HF Bead roller modifications

well I had the same problem as everyone else with the HF bead roller way too much deflection of the arms which I measured at 7/16 of an inch when flanging 18 gauge steel. so i beefed mine up using scraps i had lying around the garage. the question i have before i finish all the welds is do i want any deflection in the two arms? currently i have less then 1/16 of an inch in deflection when i tried flanging the 18 gauge steel after the mods. i can easily add some more webbing at the end where the crank is between the angle iron but before i make this too rigid is any deflection useful? thks bob





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Old 05-25-2018, 12:03 PM
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Dug up an old thread, as I’m setting up a HF bead roller.

Any input appreciated. As expected there are lots of YouTube how-to vids.

I actually liked these mods.


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I may also add a big dewalt drill and foot pedal switch.

I like the way you boxed yours with angle iron Bob77.
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Old 05-25-2018, 12:18 PM
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I have to roll some beads in intercooler pipes, and my tests on scrap show the HF dies leave a nasty cut/flaw as the die has a sharp corner. I think Iíll throw it in the lathe and smooth that edge.

Anyways, while searching for others experience, I found this on skateboard wheels

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Old 05-25-2018, 02:13 PM
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Thanks, man. I always enjoy seeing home made stuff and custom modifications.
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