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How to Use an English Wheel and Bead Roller – Metal Fab in Minutes – Eastwood

Adam Johnson October 12, 2021 Events

In this video Joe D goes over the basics of why you want an English Wheel and Bead Roller for ANY Metal fab project! Bead Roller:… English Wheel:… Heavy-Duty Rollers for Metal Fabrication The Eastwood Elite 8-Inch Heavy-Duty Bead Roller is one of the only manual bead rollers on the market that enables you to produce strengthening ribs in panels, shape edges and form intricate designs in any panel by yourself. You can also create channels and flanges with the offset flange dies that are included. The gear-driven design delivers maximum forming power and leverage while requiring minimal handle force for the greatest accuracy. The 8-inch throat depth provides the ability to reach the center of a 16-inch panel, and you can add larger panels as well if you’re creating curves towards the edges. Eastwood Elite 8″ Heavy Duty Bead Roller Features:

✅8″ throat depth

✅Handles up to a 16″ wide panel

✅Industry standard 22mm shafts

✅Gear-driven design delivers maximum forming power

✅Includes 3/8″ Bead Die Set and Offset Die Set

✅One Man Operation With the 4-spoke crank handle and the smaller size of this heavy-duty bead roller, it only takes one person to easily operate and form panels. The unit attaches to a bench vise which holds it fast as you work. And it is still big enough to make small floor pans and other commonly fabricated parts without any outside help needed. The roller can handle 20 gauge stainless steel, 18 gauge mild steel and 16 gauge aluminum, which covers what is used in most vintage and modern vehicle panels. Fabricating compound curves in metal is easier than ever with Eastwood’s Elite Mini English Wheel. Whether you’re just getting started with an English wheel or simply need a space-saving unit for small projects, this wheel packs huge performance in a small package. Simply a smaller version of the classic English wheel, this unit allows you to fabricate intricate patch panels that may be too small for a larger wheel or don’t require the expense of such a unit. Expand your metal forming skills and create patch panels correctly when you no longer have to try to accurately form a patch panel over your knee. The Eastwood Elite Mini English Wheel Features:

✅7.5 inch throat depth to form a 15 inch wide panel (up to 20 inches on angular plane)

✅Wheels and anvils rotate 90 degrees to provide unlimited throat depth in that direction for larger projects ✅Includes 3.19 inch upper wheel and four lower anvils (1/2″, 1″, 2″, 3″ radius)

✅Micro-adjustable anvil wheel

✅Form up to 18 gauge steel and 16 gauge aluminum

✅Convenient vise-mount design allows for easy use and storage

✅Rigid Construction in a small package makes this perfect for a shop with limited space or for someone who wants to start forming metal, whether it’s for auto panels or general fabrication.

✅Even if you already own a large wheel, many hobbyists and professionals find the need for a small unit and the benefits it provides. Your patch panels will weld much cleaner when truly formed by stretching rather than bending. When you begin welding that “bent” panel it will want to revert to its original flat shape, and you won’t get the results you need. A panel formed in an English wheel that is truly stretched into shape will tend to retain the shape during welding, resulting in a far better fitting, easier welding and cleaner repair. For more information on Eastwood products visit or stay connected with the team via: Facebook – Instagram – Blog – Eastwood has everything you need to do the job right when you’re restoring a car, truck or motorcycle – from welders to paint and everything in between. #metalfab #metalfabrication #autorestoration

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