Yet another bead roller mod thread

  1. Dcal Forum Supporter

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    This is my take on modifying a cheap Metz Chinese bead roller

    There is a lot of chat on the net on how crap Chinese tools in general are and this bead roller in particular is, but I think they can be quite remarkable value for money and opens up specialist tool ownership to the DIY market.
    I think I payed £85 for it on the bay of thieves.

    The frame is pretty useless but there is no way you could make the gears and rollers for the money and the lack of substance to the frame gives unlimited scope for modifications without having to remove any stiffening (as there isn't any).
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    I did not try it out straight out of the box as that seemed pointless (the two rollers could be flexed more than an inch by hand without any bother) but I could see the potential.

    For the mods I just used whatever scrap and off cuts I had laying about (don't we all?) and found a piece of 4" x 2" galvanized thin wall box that could be used for most of the strengthening mods.

    I wanted to keep the dimensions of the roller as neat as possible so decided to cut the box in half (long ways) and installed each half over a roller drive bar.
    To provide a moment connection between the two now 2" x 2" bits of box I welded a section of 2" x 4" box with holes drilled in it to allow the roller drive bars to pass through.

    I used tig for the welding (and a lot more than necessary), as I'm trying to learn and I find making something is better practice than just laying down beads on scrap.

    I did grind off the galv before I started welding.
    Even without the health risks, its bad enough welding it with mig or stick but it's almost impossible if using tig.

    Sorry for the long-winded ramble to describe how I got to this

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  2. optima21 Member

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    I tried mine as it came, and then found it it was a bit flexible.

    you might also want to fit grease nipples on the shaft supports and I also tweaked it so that it would lift the bead roller too

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    I used used 2" square tube stitch welded to it

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    enclosing the shafts does look neater though, and what are the brackets on the middle for?
     
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  3. Dcal Forum Supporter

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    Hi Optima, very similar approach and I also did install grease nipples and a way of moving the roller up and down. I drilled through the bolts and installed the grease nipples from that end.

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    For lifting the top roller I took a similar approach to a G clamp cup and drilled and tapped the thread to M12

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    The bracket in the middle is a guide that can be set and used if running multiple beads at different offsets.
     
  4. Wallace

    Wallace Member

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    I hope you have a better set of rollers than came with my Metz bead roller, they're all eccentic in varying degrees!
     
  5. Dcal Forum Supporter

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    Wallace, I haven't noticed any eccentricity in the rollers I have, but I haven't measured them.
    All the beads I have run seemed to have turned out fine, but in fairness I have only started getting to grips with it.

    Did the run out in your rollers effect the function of the brad roller?
     
  6. Dcal Forum Supporter

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    With these mods the tool works really well but it's still a pain to operate because the handle is at the "wrong" end relative to the business end. (Sort of a function of the design)
    Most people seem to replace the supplied handle with a wheel but that's still just a partial solution.
    If you have help, it's not a problem but that's not a luxury I normally have (the kids or the better half always seem to have better things to do than to stand about in the garage) so another options was required.

    I has always intended installing a motor to drive it and bought a small 3 phase motor and gearbox from one of the members on here.
    When I bought it he did say it could do with a set of bearings and he wasn't wrong.

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    So full strip down and ordered a full set of bearings and seals from Simply Bearings

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    Which everything cleaned and new bearings, seals and gaskets fitted and re-assembled it all worked perfectly.

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    Next issue was getting the key out of the drive shaft
    It was solid so I welded a bit of flat to it and pulled it out, then a quick tidy up so I could reuse it.

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  7. Wallace

    Wallace Member

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    Most of the work I have used it for gas been structural repairs and quality of finish has not been a necessity. The rollers being eccentric cause a bit of unevenness in any rolled edges where they have a tendency to pinch the material. Rolling through a few times changing the start point on the rollers can add a little consistency and indexing the gears a tooth at a time to get the roller high spots away from each other helps.
     
  8. Dcal Forum Supporter

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    Wallace,
    I haven't had any issues like that.
    I will have a go at measuring run-out and report back.
     
  9. Dcal Forum Supporter

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    With the drive sorted I got back on to Simply Bearings and ordered some sprockets and chain.
    The small cog was a good fit for the shaft so I just cut the shaft and welded it on.

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    It's a bit off, but good enough for my needs.
    I intend to use the motor and drive part time for a welding rotater / lathe I have in mind, but that's for another thread if I ever get around to making it.

    I then just drilled out the big sprocket and tapped it for a locking screw.
    I didn't have a lath at the time (I do now :laughing:) and I don't think the hole drilled exactly in the center (I just used a blacksmiths drill bit and think it wondered off a bit) but again good enough for the speed involved.

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    With these bits sorted I looked about for some way of mounting the motor and with a way of adjusting it.
    Back to the scrap bin and found a bit of 4" angle and water pipe
    Also made up a simple stand out of 2" scaffold tube and angle.

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    Cut out a mounting bracket for the drive with the plasma, welded it all together and painted it a nice shade of Ford Tractor Blue

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    Assembled up for a trial run with the inverter drive

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    I think I was too quick to paint it, as I still need to weld a nut on the drive bracket for adjusting the chain tension but the broken hammer shaft works well for now.
    I also had to cut off the roller adjusting bracket and remount it as the mod I did to the adjuster screw didn't allow enough movement but at least I caught that on before I painted it.
    As mentioned earlier the black bit is a guide for running beads a set distance from the edge of a sheet. I don't know how useful it will be (haven't had cause to use that feature yet) and apologies for the mess
     
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