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Old 08-10-2016, 07:32 AM
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Harbor Freight vs EastWood vs Woodward Fab Bead Roller

Hi Everyone, I am new to this Forum, Hoping to meet new People.
Here is my first Question:-
I need a cheap bead roller (I'd like to spend $200 or less) to roll some 2.5" piping. I did some research.
I kept seeing these three bead rollers on the internet.
1. EastWood (http://www.eastwood.com/economy-bead...-mandrels.html) Ė 140$
2. WoodwardFab (http://www.woodwardfab.com/product/wfbr6-2/) Ė 160$
3. Harbor Freight (http://www.harborfreight.com/18-inch...kit-34104.html) Ė 180$
I have also checked each Die cost, as I donít want to spend much on extra dies.
I didnít find any link where I can buy Harbor Freight dies. If anyone know where to buy it, then please provide the link.
I checked the cost of the EastWood Dies. They cost around 60-100$ for each Die (I think thatís expensive).
On checking Woodward Fab Dies, I found they cost about 45$, which is cheaper compared to the other two.
So after my research, I definitely wonít go for Harbor Freight (costly and no dies available). Now between Woodward Fab and EastWood, I am willing to buy Woodward Fab (as the dies will cost less)
But before going for it, I need some suggestion from your end. Which do you think is better in terms of cost?

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Old 08-10-2016, 09:29 AM
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Hi Bob,

What do you mean by piping? turbo pipe?
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Old 08-10-2016, 11:51 AM
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#1 and #3 link came up; 404 page not found.
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Old 08-10-2016, 12:35 PM
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Woodward Fab, Everything I have from them has worked out great.
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Old 08-10-2016, 10:45 PM
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Welcome!

Aftermarket HF dies can be found here: http://hoosierprofiles.com/Bead_Roller_Dies.html

From what I have read the Woodward is the same as the Eastwood basic model and both have slightly thicker frame plates than the HF roller. I don't know if the dies interchange between the 3 though.

If you are going to do any serious rolling over 18ga wall tube then you will have to beef up any of those 3 to prevent frame flex.

I went with a Harbor Freight roller many years ago, I'm pretty sure I got it for under $100 when I bought it. They do go on sale every once in a while and don't forget to use their 20% off coupon. Here is my modified HF roller: http://www.offroadfabnet.com/forums/...ead.php?t=1295

Bottom line, if you don't want to wait around for a sale on the HF unit the Woodward Fab looks like a solid buy.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:33 AM
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Hi Bob,

What do you mean by piping? turbo pipe?
intercooler piping...
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:34 AM
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#1 and #3 link came up; 404 page not found.
Hey alwaysFlOoReD,

Thanks for that, I have edited it.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:35 AM
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Woodward Fab, Everything I have from them has worked out great.
Hi IceFyre13th,

Thanks for that. It will definitely help me a lot to choose the right Bead Roller.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:44 AM
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[quote=Brian1;141425]Welcome!

Hi Brian1,
Thanks for your awesome reply. I will definitely check that out.
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Old 08-12-2016, 08:45 AM
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Woodward Fab style and Harbor Freight dies do not interchange. You can find the WF style from several importers, Bailiegh has one, Bolton, and many more. I just found the best deal on eBay.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:14 PM
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Id rather have a tubing only one. More rigid and less hassle.

Like this, just an example, not affiliated.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BILgNkUD...ken-by=mfurick
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:38 AM
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I bought one of the rollers that Mike Furick is making that Bullnerd linked to. Well worth the money, especially when you consider the closest thing available was about double the price.

The dies and gears are heat treated. It's a very simple design for a dedicated tube beading setup. Because of this, it can do smaller diameter tubing than something with interchangable dies...the lower die is smaller in diameter than the shaft on my deep throat roller.

Something to pay attention to with using a deep throat bead roller to do tubing is that the shafts are geared together for dies that are approximately the same size. When you have a small lower die to fit inside tubing paired with a large outer, something has to slip to make things work. The Furick machines are geared so there doesn't have to be slippage between the dies and work.

His are also meant to do up to 0.065" wall 304 stainless.
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