First ask yourself these questions. What will I do with my rolling
Is it a piece of equipment which I will use often? Does my work call
for the occasional roller printing for a decorative piece? Or would
the rolling mill be perfect when I need a piece of sheet or wire from
an ingot of gold?
Personally, I want tools that I can grow into, not out of. If I were
to sell my rolling mill today, I could actually sell it for more than
than the original purchase price. I keep it it tip top condition and
grease it when necessary. Every few months, I take out the feeler
gauges and re-align the rollers if necessary.
Investing in a good rolling mill is like thinking about a car
purchase. It is a lot of money and you get what you pay for. Also, a
decent rolling mill from a reputable company has good customer
service. They are companies that stand behind what they manufacture.
For my money, I would make the big purchase and go with a Durston. I
have two in the school and have served me well for 12 years and the
school for 8. I take care of them, they take care of my work.
Certain pieces I can scrimp on. When I needed 10 engraving balls for
an engraving class, I didn't need to go to GRS, I found another
source. Some pliers, a hammer, but I love tools and tend to purchase
the best quality I can. The flex-shaft is another choice. I use a
Foredom TX which works great for my needs. I don't need a fancy
reversible motor, but might if I was left handed. Some of the work I
do requires a bit of torque, so the TX really delivers. But for some
who use their flex shaft about three times a year, one of the Chinese
economy models would be fine.
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