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Eastwood Bead Roller Kit- with Mandrels is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 33.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bead rooler works for less $$$ After setting up in my vise , that was a snap, I started to experiment with different thichnesses and found it worked as described and best with 20 gauge sheet metal. Although I rated the value lwoer thanmost it was becasue of the wondering top arm onn 18 gauge material some times. Maybe I was doing it wrong but the results for the money are good enough to make it a good deal If it were a little cheaper this would be a very great deal. I will be adding a heaveier plate to stabilize the top arm soon. THen i will purchse the louver die !! All in all it is over all something that you can buy for less and achive good reults when yopu follow the instructions !!!!
Date published: 2011-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great basic tool. Right after receiving my unit I realized I made a mistake. As a one man shop there was no way I could keep things straight and turn the handle at the same time. Also there were simple other add on's that I saw others do on U-tube to make this more workable. I found that Mittler Bros. has a motorized add on kit (Part 200-302) and I took the chance to see if it was compatible. So I purchased it and added it to my Eastwood Bead Roller with very little adaptation. You'll need to purchase a LoveJoy Coupling Hub 1/2 to 1-in with spider and a 3/4-in steel or aluminum plate. Pictures attached. The tension block won't move freely without a spring and without removing the paint under it so it will slide. I still haven't addressed the flexing of the fixture yet.
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I set it up in a standard large vise,not the optimum setup but adequate.I wil be solid mountig it to a wall bracket soon.I have just finished a plate for welding up the side of a ride on mower.to start of with I put a gentle pressure on the english wheel to arc the panel then I used the bead roller to put a top edge to match the profile on the mower deck and then against the curve I beaded a rolled edge at the bottom and using the shrinker stretcher on the top and bottom sized them in.Job done better than previous standard......Thanks to all the staff at Eastwoods .................
Date published: 2011-04-23
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Can I add a motor on this 

Asked by: Williams 15w
Yes, see the top review. It is possible, but will require some fabrication
Answered by: Souske
Date published: 2017-06-13

can I roll quarter inch round stock with this

Asked by: molallagary
This unit is not designed for round stock.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2016-12-06

Made in? question for customs.

Asked by: pat74
This unit is manufactured in China.
Answered by: KHoffnagle
Date published: 2017-05-04

Would this work for making a bead on 2.5 inch aluminum intercooler pipe?

Asked by: R34skyline
Since the outside diameter of the mandrel is 2.3" you should be fine to use this on intercooler pipe.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2017-05-08

Hi Eastwood. I have your economy bead roller and have made some great door skin panels from stainless steel. After rolling beads the panel is left with some warping/oil canning. Is there a way to relieve this stress buildup so the panel will flatten out?

Asked by: Bigwavedave
Run the material around the area where the metal is being rolled thru an english wheel.  You could also mark a grid  in the area to be formed and hammer the intersections on an anvil. This will create a true oil can condition. Then bead roll.
Answered by: Sparkblue57
Date published: 2016-06-01

Hello, what is the largest diameter mandrel. I will be working with automotive piping and need to be able to put a bead on the ends of 2" pipe. 

Asked by: Thomas Brennan
This unit will not be able to put beads on 2 inch pipe. The dies themselves are a little larger than 2 Inches.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2016-06-29

hello, I want to know the dimention of the package and weight for this item.

Asked by: vince29
This product is 29"L x 11"W x 5"D. The weight is 59 LBS.
Answered by: S Church
Date published: 2016-03-30

Hello. I would like to add retaining beads to soft aluminum 2" tubing for use with hose clamps and silicone elbows for my turbocharged engine. Will this tool work for that? Again, it is 2" tubing that needs a bead near the end. Thanks, Mike

Asked by: Gyroboy
The bead roller dies require a minimum of 2 3/16" ID tubing to be used the way you described.
Answered by: MikeL
Date published: 2016-06-29
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Eastwood Bead Roller Kit- with Mandrels

Item #28187 Brand: Eastwood

Add strength and rigidity to metal panels!

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Only $149.99

Sale $139.97



Eastwood's metal Bead Roller Kit makes it easy to add strength and rigidity to your project's sheet metal parts.

  • Handles up to a 34"-wide work piece
  • 6 mandrels included
  • Mounts securely in your bench vise
  • Forms aluminum and steel up to 18 gauge

The Eastwood Bead Roller is perfect for adding firmness and strength to your project's metal floor panels and firewalls. You can easily create beads and flanges for strength, style or both.

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About Eastwood Bead Roller Kit- with Mandrels

Our metal bead roller tool with mandrels is perfect for beginning metal fabrication workers on a budget. Just mount this bead roller tool in your vise, attach the crank handle and you're all set to raise ridges and flanges in floor panels, firewalls, doors and more. The 17"-deep throat lets you work with work pieces up to 34" wide. Eastwood Bead Roller weights 59lbs. 31" in width, 11" in high, 5" in depth and constructed of solid 1/2"-thick steel plate. Comes with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty. Imported.


Bead roller tool includes: 1/16", 1/8", 1/4" flanging mandrels; 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" bead mandrels; 1/2" backing plate with 17"-deep throat; hand crank; and shaft bushings that can be lubricated.


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