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Old 03-13-2009, 07:22 PM
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Hello all. I have a bunch of wire mesh that I need to straighten out. It is 1"x1" 14 ga and 1"x1" 16 ga on rolls. Will a slip roll work with wire mesh?
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:07 PM
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We used a power roller, with a foot pedal,and it worked fine! You dont want to tighten it down too much, and must flip it over till you get it nice and flat.
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Old 03-14-2009, 03:14 PM
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Works fine, as lockin said don't over tighten.

We did it all the time with 1/2"x1/2" 19 and 16 ga for bird screens.
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Old 03-14-2009, 03:48 PM
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Great! Thanks for the help. My budget is small for this project so I'm going to go with a hand operated 24" unit.
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:42 PM
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Hand crank will do just fine. Experiment with radius setting and gap between front rolls.
You can always change roller position and do it again.
The only 'powered' machinery I have is a lockformer and spot welder.
I have never used a power roller.
Is it as dangerous as it sounds?
Some of us still operate with 19th century tools.
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Old 03-14-2009, 07:26 PM
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I worked in a huge shop in san jose in the production dept. The power roller has rolls 4", and can suck you in with loose clothing. or a second of inattention! Dad is right. a very dangerous piece of machinery!
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Power rollers were the machine that scared me all the time. Preferred to work them by myself when I could. The apprentices got tired of hearing me tell them that machine doesn't care if it's the 48" wide piece of 10ga between the rolls or your fingers, it just pulls them in.

Yes Dad look out for power rollers.
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Power rollers are definitely dangerous, but some do have safety features. The ones we sell have a guard on the front. Move the guard just a bit and the slip rolls stop. Doesn't take much pressure at all. I still wouldn't care to test it with my fingers though.
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:32 PM
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Picked up a 24" hand unit. Works good. Had to negotiate with the store to let me buy the darned thing though. They had it on hold for another customer for almost two weeks and the guy hadn't picked it up yet. After speaking with the manager he came to the realization that I had the money now and they could just get another for their other customer.
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What store?
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