How to Use a Sheet Metal Bead Roller

There are many different ways to use a sheet metal bead roller. This piece of machinery can cut or bend metal while following a specific design. Although powerful enough to cut through metals of high gauge, the sheet metal bead roller can be easy to use. Practicing on the machine will improve your skills each and every time you use it. Its versatility allows you to cut desired lengths, strips, or even form corners small enough to conceal wire.

Tools and Materials

  • Metal, gauge depends on you
  • Sheet metal bead roller
  • Permanent marker
  • Protective gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Protective shoes
  • Tape measure

Step 1 – Safety Guidelines

Read the sheet metal bead roller’s safety manual. Follow all procedures. Wear protective gloves, eyewear, and shoes when working with metal. Remember that cut pieces of metal will be sharp, so use precaution even after the job is finished.

Step 2 – Prepare the Metal

Mark the desired area to be cut on the metal with the permanent marker. Make sure you have a clear pattern to follow.

Step 3 – Using the Machine

To use the sheet metal bead roller, insert the marked metal piece into the roller. Tighten down the screw to add pressure. The manual will tell you what pressure to use for the gauge of metal you are using. Using the foot control, engage the machine. Hold the metal at the ends furthest from the machine. Guide the metal as the sheet metal bead roller does the work.