View Full Version : Bead Roller Throat Depth
07-19-2005, 08:31 AM
I've been thinking about bead rollers lately and this picture from Ken Kopsky
in a thread on powered bead rollers makes me wonder the following:
How deep a throat is needed to be able to do most automotive panels?
07-19-2005, 02:00 PM
A lot of my metal work has been in building and repalcing floor panels. I built mine with a 26.5" throat depth and haven't made a panel yet that won't fit. I also opened the throat up vertically as much as I could to allow flanged panels to be beaded. Like Ken mentioned, it is really hard to hand crank a panel that big and it is impossible for one man on my bead roller, so it is powered.
07-19-2005, 02:39 PM
I had made a 24" throat bead roller which I used for years. Then found it too restricting to do this Bentley accent line. I made a second frame with a 30" throat that I could bolt a 6"x6" plate to bringing it back to 24" with less spring for normal operations. That was the only time I ever needed more than 24" throat Ron
07-19-2005, 07:10 PM
Ron, that is an impressive curved detail line.
Did you do that freehand or did you fab up some sort of guide template?
07-19-2005, 09:41 PM
Freehand. It wasn't that hard to follow a sharpie marked line.
07-19-2005, 11:34 PM
Ron, do you think that you could have been that accurate doing it on your Pullmax?
07-20-2005, 03:19 AM
I have no VFD on my Pullmax so it would run too fast to be accurate. And even then I would want a template or guide of some sort. My bead roller( not the Pexto 622) has a slow gear motor drive with pedal control. It worked well and I did not have the Pullmax when I did the Bentley.
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