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Old 01-16-2021, 03:00 PM   #1
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Default 3/8" ratchet bead roller Eastwood?

Does anyone remember the sheetmetal bead roller that was hand held and operated with a 3/8" ratchet?

Before the web, eastwood had small catalogs that were the size of the early rod and custom magazine.

I remember seeing this tool and im pretty sure it was Eastwood but it doesnt look like its made anymore. Closest thing i can find online is a seam closer for standing seam roofing.

Maybe im searching with the wrong search names?
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Old 01-17-2021, 09:04 AM   #2
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Default Re: 3/8" ratchet bead roller Eastwood?

Have you tried contacting Eastwood?.....Mark
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Old 01-17-2021, 10:33 AM   #3
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Default Re: 3/8" ratchet bead roller Eastwood?

Could always make your own similar to this homebrew tipping tool.
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Could always make your own similar to this homebrew tipping tool.
Thats pretty cool. Is the lower wheel a skateboard wheel?
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Old 01-17-2021, 02:11 PM   #5
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Thats pretty cool. Is the lower wheel a skateboard wheel?
From the width, I'm thinking it is a roller skate wheel.

Picture's off the net. Was going to make one; but instead used a saw cut in a flat bar to tip the edge.
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Could always make your own similar to this homebrew tipping tool.
I like that homemade tool. I got a bead roller but Iím gonna steal that idea for one-off different ones........Mark
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Default Re: 3/8" ratchet bead roller Eastwood?

There may be a reason why Eastwood no longer has this particular item.

Just sayin'.
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There may be a reason why Eastwood no longer has this particular item.

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Ok, lets hear it.
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Default Re: 3/8" ratchet bead roller Eastwood?

Pure speculation. Most companies do not discontinue successful products for no reason.

In any event, I'd think a 1/2" ratchet would be a better choice, given what it takes to form sheet metal.
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From the width, I'm thinking it is a roller skate wheel.

Picture's off the net. Was going to make one; but instead used a saw cut in a flat bar to tip the edge.
What i have to do is close up a hemmed edge on a 8 ft long edge of 24 gauge so 2 rollers 1" wide will work even if i have to go over it a couple times. A hand held tool is easier then handling the sheet by myself and try and run it through a bench mounted bead roller. Using a air ratchet is my plan. I just remembered seeing the ratchet powered one years ago.
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I think you have a good idea with the air ratchet..... I have an old one that turns slow..... which is good because I don’t move very fast anymore either!....... Mark
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Old 01-18-2021, 05:34 AM   #12
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That is one very interesting original one-off tool?
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Old 01-18-2021, 08:01 AM   #13
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Default Re: 3/8" ratchet bead roller Eastwood?

Back in the 90's, there use to be hand held tool that greatly sped up putting a new door skin on car's door frame. It was called Skin Ease or Ez or something like that. I tried googling it, but nothing came up with those search words.

If it existed then, I'm sure someone improved upon it by now. 24 gauge is lighter than most 18-20 gauge panels, so it should work.
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Default Re: 3/8" ratchet bead roller Eastwood?

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Pure speculation. Most companies do not discontinue successful products for no reason.

In any event, I'd think a 1/2" ratchet would be a better choice, given what it takes to form sheet metal.
Guess its still in production, i was searching under the wrong description . Might be the same thing Eastwood once sold . I remember it as a bead roller instead of a seam closer but thats what i was looking for

Wivco door "skinner"

https://www.autobodytoolmart.com/pro...oor-lock-tools
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How would this work
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