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C. Tate
02-21-2005, 06:17 PM
thing they use on OCC to roll small diameter bar? It has three rollers and large hand operated wheel. Can you tell me where find it?


02-21-2005, 07:07 PM
Very small bar?
A slip roller perhaps?

Not sure what they call it, but my welding shop friend came up with a very nice machine for bending rectangular stock.
So far it's worked well for 1 x 2" x .120.

I believe he got it from a Blacksmith supply outfit.
Uses it for wrought iron gates, makes a large arch bend over a 10-12' and larger length.
The bend is on the long side of the 1 x 2" fwiw.

Three wheels and painted orange if that helps.
Large T-bar in the center that cranks the middle wheel down.

It works well on smaller stuff too.
We bent a lower frame bar from 1/2 x 1" x .063 or so for a roadster windshield.

One caveat with this machine.
Don't try to take too big a bite with it.
Back and forth in small increments does the trick.
You'll end up with a cross-hatched pattern on the drive wheel side that looks a little bit like knurling if you take too big a bite.

The other thing that happens - after we got the first of two lower bars bent up to match the detachable windshield sheet metal eyebrow cowl piece (just above the dash) on a Model A roadster - if you take too big a bite on the small stuff it will put in a curve in the horizontal direction as well as the desired vertical direction.
Sounds confusing, but what's happening is you only need the long (vertical) side of the 1/2 x 1" bent and the short side (horizontal) needs to remain flat to accept the glass.

He got in a rush and bent the last piece (a stick 10' long which makes two bars) in three bends instead of 8-9 and we ended up with a curving useless piece of 1/2 x 1".

Live and learn, at least we got two pieces out of the deal.

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02-21-2005, 07:24 PM
are you talking about one of these?

Ebay Auction (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=42147&item=3875907315&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW)

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oh yah....no affiliation with seller, just tryin to help

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C. Tate
02-21-2005, 08:11 PM
Thats the thing Snowman. Thanks for the help.
I tried searching ebay but could not come up with the right words.


02-21-2005, 08:19 PM
CT...This is the same thing but it doesn't have a wheel....just a simple handle. This is the LAST thing I built with a grinder, drill press and files. I did turn the rolls on my SB but all the rest is made by hand. Makes me laugh when "THEY" say that mill/drills are no good for nothing. Try making a few things like this by hand and you'll love one! BTW...this thing works great!

02-21-2005, 08:23 PM
Are your bottom rollers driven by gears or anything?


02-21-2005, 08:33 PM
CT, look at Habor Frieght for " Ring Roller" They sell one for $49. I have one and it works pretty well for small stuff.

02-21-2005, 10:11 PM
Jacob...no they aren't driven. It would be better if they where but as you can see I can move the bottom rollers out for bigger, harder to roll stuff. That makes it somewhat more difficult to drive the bottom rollers. It was bad at first. The rollers are made from 4140 and where turned with carbide that produced an almost mirror like finish. When it slipped I just threw in a strip of emery cloth and that stopped the slippage. It is getting better the more the rolls get roughed up.

02-22-2005, 03:02 AM
Hey, what's with the nice countersunk screws on the front and those ugly capscrews on the back - thought no-one would look back there didn't ya?

Good Idea - half done... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif
I give you a 20% for effort at least, 100% if you fix it... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

...At least your bench is cleaner than mine! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif

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02-22-2005, 08:26 AM
Thrud...LOL!!!! Geez, I can't get away with nuthin around here! Yup...they are ugly huh! Even worse than it looks, some of the bolts are still covered with grease from some ol' motor or where ever it was I got the bolts. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

02-22-2005, 08:37 AM
Hey Russ, put that one in the new tips book! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif
Jim http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

02-22-2005, 08:07 PM
Jim...Did you mean the greasy bolts tip? LOL!!! I wouldn't want to have the best tip in there http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

02-23-2005, 01:56 AM
Wow how do you keep your bench so clean.