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Old 03-05-2017, 11:46 AM
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I have the same HF tubing roller.
Add the wings first! I made my own, as SWAG is too proud of theirs.
The wings reduce the bending effort by increasing the mechanical advantage, which also reduces the torque necessary to roll it. So by adding the wings, you will solve both problems.
Here's a link showing what I did with lots of pictures.

Once done, 1.5 x 0.120 wall tube was super easy to roll.
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Old 03-05-2017, 07:47 PM
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In between smoking some pork chops for dinner, fixing shit for SWMBO,
helping Robbie with the Dodge and a few other things. I did get to work on
the new keyed shaft for the bender. Got the cut to length, shaft turned, and
key way cut. Need to mill the flats and it will be done. Next it to modify the
top die rolls to beef up where the set screws go, and broach the keyways in
the bores of the dies. Also need to drill out the center hub of the hand wheel
to the new OD of the shaft 7/8" Then drill and tap for 5/16-24 set screws.
All the set screws will be 5/16-24 up from M6x1.

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Old 03-21-2017, 10:14 AM
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Location: Stanton, MO
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I did a few mods to mine. I added the SWAG wings and pipe threader drive kit. Hand cranking 16ft of tube to make a 55" ring got OLD FAST.

Top Die Slipping - I bought some new cap screws. I also cleaned up the flat on the shaft. made it FLAT, and filed that a little deeper. I think the combination of cheap screws and poor Chinese machining was my issue. I don't change the dies around often though and basically roll 1-1/4" tubing most of the time.

I tacked a stub of 2" square to the bottom and slide that into the receiver on the welding table when I need to roll.

I've had it about 5yrs now and it has done well for the purchase price. For under $500 I don't think it can be beat.
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:22 PM
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Biggest problem with this type of roller is that it will give you a taste of rolling steel, but won't let you get more than a taste. It will do 1" tubing readily, 1 1/4" is a bit of a struggle, but 2" is out of the question. 3" can't even be conceived. To go from 0" to 1" costsyou a few hundred buck, but to go from 1" to 2" is $5,000 or more. It is a really unfair progression.
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Old 03-22-2017, 10:05 PM
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I added a lock nut on the screw for repetitive jobs. 26MMx I don't remember right now. Bastard thread.
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