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    Tube Bead Roller

    My latest tool project is a bead roller for forming a bead on the end of a tube. I need to use this tool to make new engine coolant tubes for my racecar. It could also be used to make intake tubing for turbo applications.
    I saw the design concept on the net, and made my own version.
    Tube Bead Roller-bead-roller1.jpg
    Tube Bead Roller-bead-roller2.jpg
    Tube Bead Roller-bead-roller3.jpg

    This is a small test piece to show the results.
    Tube Bead Roller-beaded-tube1.jpg
    Tube Bead Roller-beaded-tube2.jpg

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    I love the neat and compact design, no gears exposed whatsoever.

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    Hi Altair, the dies are not connected in any way, the process relies on friction on the inside of the tube to turn the tube. I have not yet experienced any negative issue with this arrangement but if I do I may bead blast the internal die for more grip.

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    I like simple machines like this one. Looks great, and I just may have to steal your idea.
    ...Semper Fidelis...

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    Thanks Astro! I've added your Bead Roller to our Bead Rollers category, as well as to your builder page: Astro's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    Beautiful work!

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    Can you clarify "not connected"?
    Is the only driven element the bottom die?
    If you have any pictures of the top die, that would be helpful.

    Great project! Thanks.
    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitrous View Post
    Can you clarify "not connected"?
    Is the only driven element the bottom die?
    If you have any pictures of the top die, that would be helpful.

    Great project! Thanks.
    Doug
    Hi Nitrous, thanks for checking out my tube beader. You are correct in that the only driven element is the bottom die.
    I have taken some pictures of the upper die and other detail.

    Tube Bead Roller-tube-beading-die1.jpg this is the backside of the die with spacer ring

    Tube Bead Roller-tube-beading-die-2.jpg this is the front side of the die, 6203 bearing

    Tube Bead Roller-tube-beading-die-3.jpg profile of the die

    Tube Bead Roller-tube-beader-top-die-axle-detail1.jpg rear of die axle detail

    Tube Bead Roller-tube-beader-top-die-axle-detail2.jpg front of die axle detail only the outer circlip groove is used, the inner one was a mistake.

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    Get detail!
    Thanks for taking time to post these photos
    Doug

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    Thanks for the clarification, Astro.

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