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Home-Built, Electric-Powered Sheet Metal Roller
"We saved a lot of money by building our own portable, electric-powered sheet metal roller that works as well or better than a commercial unit," says Joel Waldner, Lethbridge, Alberta.
  The unit is equipped with three 8-in. dia., 50-in. long steel rollers two at the bottom that are chain-driven by a 2 hp electric motor, and one on top that can be adjusted up or down by turning a handle attached to a threaded rod at either end of the unit. The motor is equipped with a forward and reverse switch, allowing the two bottom rollers to be reversed. Three shorter rollers extend out one side of the unit. The two bottom ones are grooved which makes it easy to bend steel rods into a circle. The short rollers can be slipped on and off the shafts that support each roller.
  The metal bender mounts on four caster wheels so it can be rolled around the shop.
  "It works great for bending panels of 48-in. wide sheet metal," says Waldner. "To make the rollers we bought 3 1/2-in. dia. solid steel shafts and lathed them down to a 3-in. diameter. We used sq. tubing to make the frame."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Joel Waldner, 67 Tudor Crescent, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada T1K 5C7.

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #5