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  • Bead Roller Motor and Mods question

    I've just bought a Harbor Freight bead roller and want to perform some of the common mods to it including adding a motor. Anyone have any suggestions for a motor? I've explored the Dayton gearmotor options and that can work but for about $300 which I'd like to avoid.

    I think an ac/dc motor with a max shaft rpm around 14 would work out right. Didn't find anything in the current Surplus Center catalog but will explore the web site.

    What I'd like to make is a three-sided circular channel of stainless steel. A circular trough, exactly, about 3' in diameter and about 3 1/2" in width by 1 1/2" deep. After that it's just another fun toy for the shop.

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    I assume you mean an AC or a DC motor? as you will be hard pressed to find a AC/DC (Universal) motor that will run at 14rpm.
    There is a new Bodine gear motor on ebay right now for $30.00.
    Max.
    Last edited by MaxHeadRoom; 09-25-2012, 09:09 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MaxHeadRoom View Post
      I assume you mean an AC or a DC motor? as you will be hard pressed to find a AC/DC (Universal) motor that will run at 14rpm.
      There is a new Bodine gear motor on ebay right now for $30.00.
      Max.
      Yes - AC or DC gearmotor. I'd like to avoid sprockets or pulleys.

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      • #4
        Here's my suggestion for driving your bead roller: http://www.harborfreight.com/portabl...der-95955.html

        Max RPM = 20. It's an ordinary univaersal motor, so you can use an inexpensive speed control. And all the parts will be HF, so you haven't diluted your pedigree.

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        • #5
          I use a DC motor with controller and direction control. A foot pedal controls the speed (variable). The gearbox is from a smoked gear motor and I made an adapter for a new motor. You'll need to beef the frame up to roll SS and CR past 22ga. HF started making the frame from thinner plate around five or so years ago. I have the older version made with 12mm plate and it still needed help. But, I can roll 18ga. CR with it.

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