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Old 01-25-2013, 09:22 PM   #1
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Default Lets talk bead rollers - tools to make humps on pipes

I found two types so far:


Vibrant piece goes for ! $280

and


Harbor freight piece goes for about $180




Not sure the HF unit can be used at all to roll beads on a IC pipe or anything else. The vibrant unit is pretty expensive for a tool that would be only used a couple times.

Are there other options out there to roll a decent bead? Yeah you could weld extra material onto the pipe, but that looks sloppy.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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I use the the vibrant, love the thing,

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Old 01-26-2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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The vibrant has no throat depth so your highly limited in other uses after you roll your tube. The HF has what loos to be at least a foot of throat and a handful of dies. As long as you can get HF die inside your tube its a better buy. Although lower quality, it will do what you want and you'll have a tool that can be used for other projects.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:18 PM   #4
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I use my welder to weld a bead around. Just never broke down to buy a bead roller.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:40 PM   #5
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I made one from a $15 harbor freight tubing cutter.

If I were to do it again, I'd leave more clearance between the arbor and the holder and I'd mount the arbor in a bearing so it can spin. As is, I put grease on the pipe I'm beading, which works, but isn't ideal.



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Old 02-11-2013, 07:56 PM   #6
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^ I like... any instructions on what is needed to make one?
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:18 PM   #7
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Cut a groove in one of the wheels, take out the cutting blade, make a holder for an arbor, make an arbor.
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:11 PM   #8
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Cut a groove in one of the wheels, take out the cutting blade, make a holder for an arbor, make an arbor.
I like the idea but don't have access to machines to make this stuff. The hardest part is finding a grooved wheel and notched rod like you have. I was hoping you got those parts off another HF purchase.
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:23 PM   #9
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We use one similar to the vibrant piece. Works awesome.
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:33 PM   #10
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If you're just doing a few ends...vice grips, a sturdy washer and a muffler clamp. Cheap but time consuming.

Edit. I found a link: http://www.d-series.org/forums/diy-f...ad-roller.html

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Old 02-12-2013, 06:30 PM   #11
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If you're just doing a few ends...vice grips, a sturdy washer and a muffler clamp. Cheap but time consuming.

Edit. I found a link: http://www.d-series.org/forums/diy-f...ad-roller.html
Works even better if you weld the washer to the vice grips.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:30 PM   #12
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I've seen those vice grip ones. Wonder if they work on SS ic piping. Aluminum, sure, but ss would make your hands hurt if it didn't break the tool
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^Al, oh yeah, all day. SS, it would have to be super light and even then it'd be a bear.
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