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Old 07-24-2004, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bead Roller Metal Worker Q's

Im looking into buying one of these, and was just wondering if anyone has used one. 18ga capacity(dont really need to go thicker) and it also has a few different dies. Looking mainly to do some custom panel/dash work for the rigs.
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Here's a pic. Eastwood brand.


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Old 07-25-2004, 08:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Cool little machines, just need to realize it's limitations on the throat depth. But for what you are wanting to do, perfect. Harbor Freight sells one for significantly less $$$ when it's on sale (at least 2 times a year) but it does need a little reinforcement to make it solid. No big deal though, about 20 mins worth.
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Old 07-25-2004, 12:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Cool little machines, just need to realize it's limitations on the throat depth. But for what you are wanting to do, perfect. Harbor Freight sells one for significantly less $$$ when it's on sale (at least 2 times a year) but it does need a little reinforcement to make it solid. No big deal though, about 20 mins worth.
Thanks for the tips. It has an 18" depth....so it should do everything I need. I was concerned about the strengh issue as well. Maybe I'll just pick one up and see how it does, I can modify it if I need to like you said.

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i was saving up to buy one of the badass mitler bros electric units, last time i was at harbor freight they were on sale for $99 so i bought one. sure it is a piece of crap compared to others on the market and it does flex alot. however i have used it several times now and low and behold it gets the job done. considering it came with 7 dies it is more than worth the 100 bucks and will work great for almost any home fab need.

i was just looking at the eastwood unit in their catalog the other day and was wishing mine was at least that good. it looks to be a nice tool.
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Old 07-27-2004, 11:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Very rarely will you need more than an 18" throat. Mine is the HF one, I feel it works really well.


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Old 07-27-2004, 07:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info and link guys, looks like im going to get the eastwood one.

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