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They work ok. If you try to roll tube thats too thick the rollers are going to slip on the drive axle. There is a company that makes a new axle that is keyed and makes different size rollers.
 

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They work ok. If you try to roll tube thats too thick the rollers are going to slip on the drive axle. There is a company that makes a new axle that is keyed and makes different size rollers.
I haven't been able to find the keyed shaft, are you talking about the one Swagoffroad makes?
 

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I haven't been able to find the keyed shaft, are you talking about the one Swagoffroad makes?
That may be what I was thinking about. The axle is milled for the set screws. That should eliminate the slipping on the drive roller.
 

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I used one to build my engine stand and shroud. the shaft it comes with is keyed. However the bolt holes in the rollers will strip out. its not the shaft thats the problem. It will also corkscrew all the bends.



 

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I used one to build my engine stand and shroud. the shaft it comes with is keyed. However the bolt holes in the rollers will strip out. its not the shaft thats the problem. It will also corkscrew all the bends.



Did your rollers strip out? If so, how did you fix it? Larger set screws or?
 

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ya on the hand wheel I drilled out, and retapped the set screw that was the buggest problem havent had too many problems with the rollers, just gotta check them regularly. I was nearly finishe with it when I started having the handwheel problem.
 

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you have to go easy on it, dont try to get more than a half turn at a time on the tensioner. the farther you turn it the more torque required to turn the handwheel hence the problems with stripping the set screws. I was well worth the price for a one time project or occasional use. While youe at it get one of their $4.00 or something angle finders, will come in handy for compound bends like my engine stand.
 

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Nice boat, what size boat and engine? Sorry to change tread. From my experience harbor freight tools don't last, but if your just going to make one cage it should work
 
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