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PostPosted: July 18, 2018, 10:21 am 
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Got a Pexto with one set of beading dies. Cool old thing but I have never worked extensively with one. What do y'all know about 'em?

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PostPosted: July 18, 2018, 8:52 pm 
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You already have it and are only now asking what we know about them?

Curious if it matter what we say! Just use the darn thing and be happy.

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PostPosted: July 18, 2018, 10:42 pm 
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Raccoonman wrote:
Got a Pexto with one set of beading dies. Cool old thing but I have never worked extensively with one. What do y'all know about 'em?



Got mine from Eastwood. I have used it among other things to roll bead on the flooring of my two builds. It works alrigth. Keeping straight lines and turning the crank is a bit of a challenge. If I was involved in serious work I would want to bolt an electric motor and gear to the thing. :)


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PostPosted: July 19, 2018, 7:46 am 
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Replace the crank with a large round wheel (old steering wheel works well). It makes it a lot easier to be smooth. Covell makes some "round over dies" which are pretty good. I bought 2 pairs, 5/16 and 3/4 IIRC. Tipping dies are also really good for finishing panels. Hoosier Profiles makes a really nice set - 1st class to deal with too.

Covell dies - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKr_o09D2wo

https://www.hoosierprofiles.com/bead-dies-.html


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PostPosted: July 19, 2018, 7:54 am 
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I had an Harbor Freight, worked well. Tough to use single handed, you really need to have a second person to turn the wheel while you drive. A power version would be great. Make sure you put the bead on the right side, I used it on a cover for my ECU against the firewall. Really made the panel less flimsy. But I put the bead on the wrong side so the panel does not lay flat.. Oops.

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