In the past couple of months, there has been a huge interest in bead rollers here on the OFN. Everyone customizing them, wanting to learn about them and so on. Since I am a Pro-tools dealer, I contacted my salesman Jim Ward over there and had him send me the Model 3K kit out. I chose the kit, because everyone here on the OFN is more about building most things than just buying them. Also because it is the electric kit and I did not want to make bead rolling into a two man job by using the manual one.
Pro-tools offers a wide range of Bead Rollers, not just in kit form. Here are their offerings:
Model 2 - 24" MANUAL BEAD ROLLER, COMPLETELY ASSEMBLED, PAINTED, WITH ONE SET OF ROUND ROLLS READY TO USE. $295
Model 2K - SAME BEAD ROLLER AS THE MODEL 2 BUT IN KIT FORM. ALL MACHINE WORK IS COMPLETE, INCLUDES ONE SET OF ROUND ROLLS AND DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS $195
Model 3 - ELECTRIC BEAD ROLLER, COMPLETE, ASSEMBLED, PAINTED, INCLUDING POWER DRIVE, WITH FORWARD/REVERSE SWITCH, VARIABLE SPEED FOOT CONTROL AND ONE SET OF BEAD ROLLS. $495
Model3K - SAME BEAD ROLLER AS THE MODEL 3 BUT IN KIT FORM. INCLUDES ALL THE ELECTRIC POWER DRIVE SYSTEM WITH FOOT CONTROL, SWITCHES, MISC. NUTS, BOLTS, ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS, GEAR GUARDS AND ONE SET OF ROUND ROLLS AND DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS $395
All Pro-tools Bead Roller capacity: ROLLS 18ga. MILD STEEL & 16ga. ALUMINUM
Pro-tools also offers around 35 different roll sets to chose from. Ranging in price from $50 to $139. One of these set I am particularly interested in, is the 1.5" Tube Edge Roll Set. This Roll Set was designed specially for wrapping the edge of your aluminum around a roll bar. Here is a link: http://www.pro-tools.com/m3_prolls_3.htm
On to the assembly.