About Bead Roller
Metal embodies permanence in many cultures, but one of its most important properties is its capacity to be shaped and reshaped by human labor. With a simple twist of a pressure wheel and a little focused hands-on work, you can impress convex forms and patterns into sheet metal with a bead roller. These machines use opposing wheels and a vise grip to deform metal surfaces either for functional or decorative purposes. They can create channels in metal surfaces for drainage or for ventilation. This makes them especially useful in shaping the components of sensitive electronics, like computer towers, whose side panels can often be improved by the addition of extra ventilation. A sheet metal bead roller is an invaluable tool for anyone who regularly engages in small-scale metal work, as it greatly reduces the amount of work needed to perform simple but demanding physical tasks, like impressing runnels or ridges into a given metal surface for one of these purposes. You can find a bead roller through the vast inventory of shop tools available on eBay.