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    Question about motor to use for a bead roller

    Hi. I am looking for a motor to use with my HF bead roller. I have several motors at home that I have scrounged from here and there but they are all too fast. Any suggestions?

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    Hi outsider74 - welcome to HomemadeTools.net

    Good question; I'm going to move this discussion into our Tools in Progress subforum so you can get some ideas for your build.

    Also, check out this link: Homemade Bead Rollers - HomemadeTools.net
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    I have the same bead roller. The best idea I've seen was to use a Milwaukee right-angle drill, with a string hooked between a foot pedal and the variable-speed trigger. I've been meaning to do this - saw it on YouTube!

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    Bead roller motor

    I use a cheap 1500 winch motor with a Chevy 350 timing chain and sprockets as a 2:1 speed reducer. The speed is just right and the hand-held reversible switch is convenient. The only drawback is it requires a battery that needs to be charged.



    Quote Originally Posted by outsider74 View Post
    Hi. I am looking for a motor to use with my HF bead roller. I have several motors at home that I have scrounged from here and there but they are all too fast. Any suggestions?
    Last edited by athomp; 01-21-2017 at 08:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athomp View Post
    I use a cheap 1500 winch motor with a Chevy 350 timing chain and sprockets as a 2:1 speed reducer. The speed is just right and the hand-held reversible switch is convenient. The only drawback is it requires a battery that needs to be charged.
    I also use a cheap winch. You can make a foot pedal with a couple of strap hinges-this frees up both hands for guiding your metal.
    Haven't tried it yet, but I wonder if the 12 volt winches could be powered with an old computer power supply. Used this on my mill table with no problems.
    Cheers,
    RickT


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