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Sheet meal forming tool? Beading pipes?

tim3kgt

15+ Year Contributor
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Feb 5, 2003
LiberalProgrsv, Arizona
i have the Bead Form tool. i learned about it from RRE about 10 years ago. mine has worked flawlessly since then. thank you RRE and Bead Form!!! IC pipes turn out perfect and it can be used for small sheet metal projects too (throat is a little short for any real sheet metal strengthening...)
also used one at PPE engineering for a couple years to do ALL of their FMIC pipes for 3000gts. my shoulder still aches from that (60 kit run 2 seperate times.. 6 steel pipes per kit with a bead rolled on each end!!!)

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FREE SHIPPING — Woodward-Fab Bead Roller Kit, Model# WFBR6 | Benders | Northern Tool + Equipment
HF sells something similar
 
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MITSUMURDOK

15+ Year Contributor
150
6
Jul 12, 2005
Newburgh, New_York
I used one like the pic tim3kgt posted that I got from harbor freight years ago. I don't think it was that expensive and it worked great on my aluminum pipes. If you do use a roller like that it will make it a lot easier with 2 people---one to crank it and tighten it and the other the keep the pipe straight as it goes around.
 

Gamble97

Proven Member
2,648
67
Jan 3, 2006
small town, Illinois
Gixrman if you decide to ever sell it let me know. I want a small one like that and nobody makes them anymore.
 

DSM Jeff

Proven Member
560
4
Jun 23, 2003
~, Connecticut
I was doing some looking around for bead roller's, killing time really. Woodward Fab offers one that will do 1/8" beads, contacted them about different dies and they said no. There's is just under $300.

I also found this, seems to be more for plumbing, but seems like there are some other options.
Large Tube Beading Tool, 3/4" 1" And Up, Free Shipping
Its a hand held or bench mounted tool. Seems like it could be interesting and only $150. Not sure if having it modified to use on 2.5-3" will increase the price.

Figure I'd share.
 

Murdog

Proven Member
39
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Jul 17, 2010
Nekoosa, Wisconsin
I bought the Woodword Fab bead roller from Summit on Ebay for $141.00 shipped. It works perfectly, and came with dies for 2 sizes of beads, dies for flanging, and dies for shearing.
 

DSM Jeff

Proven Member
560
4
Jun 23, 2003
~, Connecticut
I bought the Woodword Fab bead roller from Summit on Ebay for $141.00 shipped. It works perfectly, and came with dies for 2 sizes of beads, dies for flanging, and dies for shearing.

Would you mind posting pictures? Would like to see the die's and what it can produce.
 
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