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Eastwood 27" Elite Metal Bead Roller and Power Drive System

27" Throat Depth Bead Roller with Power Unit
27" Throat Depth Bead Roller with Power Unit
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Eastwood 27" Elite Metal Bead Roller and Power Drive System

Product Overview:

Description

Why Buy The Eastwood Bead Roller with a Power Drive?

  • Fraction of the cost of a standard motorized bead roller
  • Can be operated with just one person
  • Add strength and rigidity to metal panels
  • Make replacement floor pans, firewalls, trunk floors and more
  • Create channels, flanges and a multitude of profiles
  • Fabricate decorative custom designs
  • Powerful 1/6hp 120v reversible electric motor
  • Infinitely variable speed control
  • Foot Pedal and speed controller make it easy to keep a consistent speed while forming in a straight line or around bends

Eastwood 27" Elite Bead Roller Features

  • Fabricated Design for Industry Leading Strength and Rigidity
  • 27” Throat Capacity – Allows you to form from center of a 54” panel
  • Industry standard 22mm shafts to accept all professional dies
  • Tool-less design for Quick, Precise Adjustment
  • Vise or Stand Mountable for ease of use
  • Excels in producing floor pans, firewalls, truck floors, inner fenders and more

Fabricate All Kinds of Custom Panels

Includes an offset Flange die set that you can use for creating replacement floor pans, firewalls, trunk floors, inner fenders. With the optional 20267 Metal fabrication dies you have unlimited possibilites of what you can make.

Eastwood 27

Example of 3 different rib sizes create with offset dies

Eastwood Bead Roller Offset Dies

One Man Operation

With the Eastwood Bead Roller Power Drive System, it no longer takes two people to fabricate a metal panel. The Drive System features a 3 Position Toggle Switch with an infinitely variable Speed Controller and Foot Switch. These features provide convenient one-person operate.

Eastwood Power Bead Roller Drive System

Powerful Drive System

The Eastwood Bead Roller Drive System features a powerful 1.65-amp motor with an integral 75:1 gear reduction that enables you to easily forms ½” beads in 18-gauge steel. Unlike other motors on the market, the Eastwood Drive System has a durable industrial style motor, which gives you more power then you need.

Eastwood Power Bead Roller Drive System

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from 27 in beadroller Nice machine.wish it had bushings and grease zerks
Date published: 2024-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome bead roller Worked great, no experience using this before i bought it and i made a thing with very little difficulty. Looking foward to making more things. Well built and easy to figure out.
Date published: 2023-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 27 inch bead roller the bead roller we ordered does not bolt to the stand we ordered... we made modifications ourselves. nowhere on your site does it say these "are" or "are not" compatible.... VERY misleading and confusing.....
Date published: 2022-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great don't listen to the whiny reviews It's absolutely amazing to read some of these reviews...people complaining on the dumbest things...the bead roller works great if your new at it get the guard also...it will take practice but it's a amazing hobby to master
Date published: 2021-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Neoprene support die ? The products are awesome ! I am very pleased with everything. But , one thing I have an issue with . On the bead roller? The extra die’s that I purchased. The neoprene support die keeps wanting to come off as you use it. I see that the lower drive axle has been tapped for a bolt . But the machine did not come with one ? To hold it into place.
Date published: 2022-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Needs some tweaking before use Needs a considerable amount of work before use. Side locking handle threads were too long and had to remove about 5/8". Threaded holes shown in the matching stands installation manual were not correct. Had to notch bracket, drill and tap an additional 10mm hole and grind a radius on the bead roller frame so that the angle bracket supplied would sit flat. Had to adjust mesh on gears because they were too tight. Seams like a nice design for the money. 2 man only operation if you don't opt for the motor.
Date published: 2021-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value even better with minor modifications How to convert the EASTWOOD 27" ELITE METAL BEAD ROLLER AND POWER DRIVE SYSTEM into a reliable precision fabrication tool equipped for daily use. This tool is a very good value with excellent core design and components but is lacking in certain critical areas. It is manufactured without bushings, bearings, and grease zerks. It also relies upon a single collar and its drive gears to manage thrust. The tool steel shafts, collars, and drive gears are in constant direct contact with the steel blocks without any interface while under both radial and thrust load without reliable means of maintaining lubrication. Evidence of the dangers inherent in this system can be observed after minutes of use. Upon disassembly and inspection the tool steel shafts, mild steel blocks, and gears show clear signs of galling due to steel to steel contact under the inherent significant loads of normal use. This guide is written to address these critical engineering errors and inexpensively convert this good value into a tool that will last a lifetime. Any additional materials are named absent of specific vendors however one may assume the largest vendor of overseas merchandise was utilized. Please utilize a vendor of you’re most comfortable with. First remove both tool steel shafts, both drive gears, both retaining collars, and all four support blocks. The following materials will need to be sourced: 1. 3 - 1/4 Inch Straight Drive Grease Fittings $1.04 each retail 2. 1 - 1/4 Inch 90 Degree Drive Grease Fitting $1.23 each retail 3. 4 - C-100-BO Shaft Collar, One Piece, Set Screw Style, Black Oxide Plating, Steel, 1" Bore, 1-1/2" OD, 5/8" Width, With 5/16-24 x 1/4 Set Screw $2.00 each retail. 4. 8 - TC1625 Thrust Needle Roller Bearings with Washers 1" Bore 1-9/16" OD 5/64" Width $19.58 for 10 retail 5. 8 - HK2512 Drawn Cup Needle Roller Bearings, Open End, 25mm Bore Dia, 32mm OD, 12mm Width $20.38 for 10 retail 6. 1 - 3/8" Inch (0.375") Precision Chrome Steel Bearing Balls $5.45 for 25 retail Next using a drill press carefully drill each mild steel support block from approx 25mm to 32mm or 1 1/4”. Do not use a hole saw or drill by hand as the resultant hole will not be accurate enough. A drill press and a standard fluted drill bit must be used. This drill bit can be sourced for less than $35 if needed. A machine shop may also be utilized to complete this task. Next on all but the upper die end support block which contacts the tension adjuster locate the center side to side and front to back on the bottom of both bottom blocks and the top of the drive end top block. Center punch and drill a 1/4 hole from the outside into the 32mm bore. On the die end support block which contacts the tension adjuster measure in from the side 9/16” and centered front to back and center punch. Drill a 1/4” hole just deep enough to allow for the installation of the grease zerk. Then starting at the bottom of the 1/4” hole drill a 1/8” hole at an angle which intersects the 32mm bore directly above the threaded attachment hole. Press the grease zerks into the support blocks. Use the 90 degree fitting in the upper die end block to allow clearance to the tension adjustment support. Depending upon the grease zerks utilized it may be necessary to dremel the bottom flush with the 32mm bore. On the die end upper support block which contacts the tension adjuster locate the center of the top front to back and side to side and center punch. Clamp a 3/8” bearing ball centered on the center punch and tack weld in two places. This prevents the tension adjuster from galling the top of the mild steel support block, prevents the concave adjuster end from mushrooming from repeated contact at its edges, and provides a low friction hardened steel contact point. Now press one 32mm bearing into each side of each support block. The blocks are 25mm wide which results in a 1mm gap between the bearings when they’re flush with the outside of the block. This gap allows the grease to enter from the grease zerk. Do not press the bearings in if there’s an excessive interference fit as they will deform and bind on the shafts. If necessary use a hone or dremel to properly size the bores to accept the bearings with a minimum of interference. Just enough to prevent the bearing shells from rotating. Install all four blocks into the frame tightening the bolts only finger tight. The next steps will refer to thrust bearing sets. Each set is comprised of two thrust washers with a thrust needle bearing in between. Slide the upper shaft through the drive end support block. Upon it advances through the block install a thrust bearing set, then two of the new lock collars, and finally another thrust bearing set. Now slide the upper shaft through the die end support block. Upon it advancing through the block install another thrust bearing set and one of the 25mm locking collars supplied with the unit. Install a thrust bearing set at the drive end and then the upper gear. Follow the same installation process for the lower shaft. Adjusting the collars and shafts. Locate the flats ground into the shafts at the drive end and always locate the set screws to contact them. Starting with the upper shaft locate the gear flush with the end of the shaft and tighten the set screw. Next slide the shaft, gear, and thrust bearing set up against the drive end block. Slide the thrust bearing set and locking collar up against the block on the opposite side. Tighten the locking collar when there’s no free play in the thrust bearings. A clamping device may be used to carefully assure there’s no free play. Now slide the thrust bearing set and locking collar against the back side of the die end block and tighten the set screw. There’s no flat so it may be tightened anywhere. Finally slide the thrust bearing set and 25mm locking collar against the outside of the die end and tighten once there’s no free play in the thrust bearing sets. To adjust the lower shaft start with the shaft even with the upper shaft at the die end and tighten the locking collar with no free play in the thrust bearing set against the outside of the die end block. Use the same procedures as the top shaft working fro bathe die and to the drive end of the lower shaft. Once all the collars and gears are locked in place the support block bolts may now be tightened. Using a grease gun grease each grease zerk until grease can be seen exiting from the thrust bearing sets. 1” thrust bearing sets are used to allow clearance between the 25mm shaft and the bearing for grease to exit the needle support bearings and enter the thrust bearings. This results in the four grease zerks providing lubrication to all 16 bearings. This inexpensive modification adds bearings to handle all radial and thrust loads and grease zerks to lubricate the bearings not only allowing for easily performed lubrications but also eliminating all steel to steel contact and allowing thrust to be managed by all four support blocks evenly. This will greatly decrease the load exerted on the drive motor allowing for a great increase in longevity of both the motor and the entire unit. The combination of the inherent value of the unit as supplied and these modifications results in a tool equal to those which cost thousands of dollars.
Date published: 2020-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent value! Read for additional info. How to convert the EASTWOOD 27" ELITE METAL BEAD ROLLER AND POWER DRIVE SYSTEM into a reliable precision fabrication tool equipped for daily use. This tool is a very good value with excellent core design and components but is lacking in certain critical areas. It is manufactured without bushings, bearings, and grease zerks. It also relies upon a single collar and its drive gears to manage thrust. The tool steel shafts, collars, and drive gears are in constant direct contact with the steel blocks without any interface while under both radial and thrust load without reliable means of maintaining lubrication. Evidence of the dangers inherent in this system can be observed after minutes of use. Upon disassembly and inspection the tool steel shafts, mild steel blocks, and gears show clear signs of galling due to steel to steel contact under the inherent significant loads of normal use. This guide is written to address these critical engineering errors and inexpensively convert this good value into a tool that will last a lifetime. Any additional materials are named absent of specific vendors however one may assume the largest vendor of overseas merchandise was utilized. Please utilize a vendor of you’re most comfortable with. First remove both tool steel shafts, both drive gears, both retaining collars, and all four support blocks. The following materials will need to be sourced: 1. 3 - 1/4 Inch Straight Drive Grease Fittings $1.04 each retail 2. 1 - 1/4 Inch 90 Degree Drive Grease Fitting $1.23 each retail 3. 4 - C-100-BO Shaft Collar, One Piece, Set Screw Style, Black Oxide Plating, Steel, 1" Bore, 1-1/2" OD, 5/8" Width, With 5/16-24 x 1/4 Set Screw $2.00 each retail. 4. 8 - TC1625 Thrust Needle Roller Bearings with Washers 1" Bore 1-9/16" OD 5/64" Width $19.58 for 10 retail 5. 8 - HK2512 Drawn Cup Needle Roller Bearings, Open End, 25mm Bore Dia, 32mm OD, 12mm Width $20.38 for 10 retail 6. 1 - 3/8" Inch (0.375") Precision Chrome Steel Bearing Balls $5.45 for 25 retail Next using a drill press carefully drill each mild steel support block from approx 25mm to 32mm or 1 1/4”. Do not use a hole saw or drill by hand as the resultant hole will not be accurate enough. A drill press and a standard fluted drill bit must be used. This drill bit can be sourced for less than $35 if needed. A machine shop may also be utilized to complete this task. Next on all but the upper die end support block which contacts the tension adjuster locate the center side to side and front to back on the bottom of both bottom blocks and the top of the drive end top block. Center punch and drill a 1/4 hole from the outside into the 32mm bore. On the die end support block which contacts the tension adjuster measure in from the side 9/16” and centered front to back and center punch. Drill a 1/4” hole just deep enough to allow for the installation of the grease zerk. Then starting at the bottom of the 1/4” hole drill a 1/8” hole at an angle which intersects the 32mm bore directly above the threaded attachment hole. Press the grease zerks into the support blocks. Use the 90 degree fitting in the upper die end block to allow clearance to the tension adjustment support. Depending upon the grease zerks utilized it may be necessary to dremel the bottom flush with the 32mm bore. On the die end upper support block which contacts the tension adjuster locate the center of the top front to back and side to side and center punch. Clamp a 3/8” bearing ball centered on the center punch and tack weld in two places. This prevents the tension adjuster from galling the top of the mild steel support block, prevents the concave adjuster end from mushrooming from repeated contact at its edges, and provides a low friction hardened steel contact point. Now press one 32mm bearing into each side of each support block. The blocks are 25mm wide which results in a 1mm gap between the bearings when they’re flush with the outside of the block. This gap allows the grease to enter from the grease zerk. Do not press the bearings in if there’s an excessive interference fit as they will deform and bind on the shafts. If necessary use a hone or dremel to properly size the bores to accept the bearings with a minimum of interference. Just enough to prevent the bearing shells from rotating. Install all four blocks into the frame tightening the bolts only finger tight. The next steps will refer to thrust bearing sets. Each set is comprised of two thrust washers with a thrust needle bearing in between. Slide the upper shaft through the drive end support block. Upon it advances through the block install a thrust bearing set, then two of the new lock collars, and finally another thrust bearing set. Now slide the upper shaft through the die end support block. Upon it advancing through the block install another thrust bearing set and one of the 25mm locking collars supplied with the unit. Install a thrust bearing set at the drive end and then the upper gear. Follow the same installation process for the lower shaft. Adjusting the collars and shafts. Locate the flats ground into the shafts at the drive end and always locate the set screws to contact them. Starting with the upper shaft locate the gear flush with the end of the shaft and tighten the set screw. Next slide the shaft, gear, and thrust bearing set up against the drive end block. Slide the thrust bearing set and locking collar up against the block on the opposite side. Tighten the locking collar when there’s no free play in the thrust bearings. A clamping device may be used to carefully assure there’s no free play. Now slide the thrust bearing set and locking collar against the back side of the die end block and tighten the set screw. There’s no flat so it may be tightened anywhere. Finally slide the thrust bearing set and 25mm locking collar against the outside of the die end and tighten once there’s no free play in the thrust bearing sets. To adjust the lower shaft start with the shaft even with the upper shaft at the die end and tighten the locking collar with no free play in the thrust bearing set against the outside of the die end block. Use the same procedures as the top shaft working fro bathe die and to the drive end of the lower shaft. Once all the collars and gears are locked in place the support block bolts may now be tightened. Using a grease gun grease each grease zerk until grease can be seen exiting from the thrust bearing sets. 1” thrust bearing sets are used to allow clearance between the 25mm shaft and the bearing for grease to exit the needle support bearings and enter the thrust bearings. This results in the four grease zerks providing lubrication to all 16 bearings. This inexpensive modification adds bearings to handle all radial and thrust loads and grease zerks to lubricate the bearings not only allowing for easily performed lubrications but also eliminating all steel to steel contact and allowing thrust to be managed by all four support blocks evenly. This will greatly decrease the load exerted on the drive motor allowing for a great increase in longevity of both the motor and the entire unit. The combination of the inherent value of the unit as supplied and these modifications results in a tool equal to those which cost thousands of dollars.
Date published: 2020-08-03
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Questions & Answers

What is the maximum gauge aluminum to be used on this machine?

Asked by: Doug
The max rating for use with Aluminum on this unit is 16 gauge.
Answered by: Kelly H
Date published: 2023-11-30

How many sets of dies come with this unit 

Asked by: Sonny
This unit arrives with a set of Offset Dies.
Answered by: Kelly H
Date published: 2021-11-29

How many passes would I have to make to put a 1in bend at 90deg.on 18 gauge mild steel

Asked by: Budd
Absolutely it CAN produce 90 degree bends. The use of a tipping die will allow for this. As far as how many passes it requires, it really depends on the material type, thickness,how aggressively the metal is being formed and the quality you expect from the final pass. I find that with 20 ga mild steel ( cold-rolled ) I can make a 1" bend to 90 deg ( ie: mounting flanges or wheel opening lip ( less than 1" ) ) in 2-4 passes. This really depends on whether or not I am working a straight line or curved section like a wheel opening. Also, when you break down your work into multiple, less-aggressive passes, the amount of distortion can be more easily controlled, which requires much less metal finishing later on. For your purposes here, I would suggest the Eastwood Tipping Die and also the urethane bottom die to achieve what you are hoping for. These 2 dies are relatively low cost and should be included in anyone's die set. I would suggest, however, that bead-rolling, like any other metalcraft, requires practice and patience; so start with scrap and discover what works best for your needs. Also try experimenting with different die combinations. What you learn from these practice runs will also show you what is possible with the tools you have in your possession. A suggestion... There are copious amounts of videos online, on popular video-sharing platforms where master metalshapers teach beadrolling techniques and tricks. No matter how confident one gets in their skills with metal, there is always a different technique or perspective through which to view what you are working on.
Answered by: HellyardFab
Date published: 2022-03-24

When it says 22 mm shafts, will this work with other manufacturers 3/4 inch shaft dies?

Asked by: Patrick
No way will a 3/4" die fit on a 22 mm shaft. 3/4" = 19 mm 22 mm = 0.866" Basic math.
Answered by: Eggman
Date published: 2022-01-28

Watching your videos and reading answers to some questions on bead rollers and bead rollers dies, I here and read that you are using 22mm and 7/8" interchangeable.  So can I use 7/8" id bead roller dies on your Elite 27" bead roller?

Asked by: joe49chevy
You should be able to use 7/8 dies with our bead rollers no problem.
Answered by: ZachC
Date published: 2021-03-07

Bead rollers. Any plans to make a 22mm to 3/4 shaft adapter? now that you have the motorized option for cheaper bead rollers. i think this would be a great option and cheap to produce and open your bead roller die options and more sales.

Asked by: bob rossi
Thank you for your input and inquiry. At this current time, we do not have anything of the sort in the works. We will certainly bring this up at our next meeting though and inform the Product Manager of these items of the interest.
Answered by: Kelly H
Date published: 2019-12-23

Do you offer a stand for the Bead Roller or only make it for vice mount?

Asked by: Patt
Currently, they are just bench-mounted units.
Answered by: ZachC
Date published: 2019-10-15

Has the issues in the reviews been addressed? Have they been fixed? I'm getting ready to buy this will I have the same problems that they had?

Asked by: Skycss
This product is manufactured to our highest standards and will be ready to go with no issues. We review all feedback given and make sure all possible improvements are implemented. If any issues do arise with your product we will take care of them quickly by calling our tech department or emailing in at help@eastwood.com.
Answered by: SeanW
Date published: 2022-10-29
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Eastwood 27" Elite Metal Bead Roller and Power Drive System
$855.96