Oh for the right stand. I ended up paying for one custom built. I
roll thousands of feet per year, but thankfully most of it is one an
electric rolling mill. I ruined my shoulder with the manual one from
all the reasons you want to prevent. One of the best things you can
do is have it fit you. Just like blacksmiths they adjust where anvil
sits you need to be mindfull of where you want your rolling mill to
stand to the side where the handle is. No matter the length of the
handle (you can’t change that unless you modify it. Standing straight
up with your weight centered over your heels Extend your arm straight
out in front of you. (use the arm you will be cranking with) That
point is the right angle point at which your body will experience the
least amount of stress on your back. Mark that point on the wall, or
measure it with the help of a freind from the floor. When your stand
is built, the very center or point at which the handle is attached
should be that point where your arm is extended out.
Reason for this, is that the downward swing will be equal to the
upward swing. Now for another bit of wisdom. Switch out your standing
For minor small jobs, stand behind. If you have a lot of rolling to
do, stand to the side and crank from there. You will by using both
hands be able to minimize the stress best on your back and shoulders.
It spreads the work equally on both shoulder jhoints and gives you a
good standing point that lets you not slump over the rolling mill.
You might want a friend to help with guiding the metal through the
mill. Hard to do that with only two hands and cranking.
Another thing you need to do is prevent the stand from walking while
using it. I find my spare rolls of copper (27 pounds each) make a
good weight, plus I store any heavy items I have in the bottom as
well. If I was more stationary in my usage, I’d have it securely
bolted to the floor.
Years of a love hate relationship have gone into this. My son hates
to help, but he does it anyway. When I have big jobs I use the
electric. It was my son who hated helping to roll things out, that
bought me the electric mill. Now I need to figure out how to make him
hate using a torch so he gets me a laser welder.
Aggie. the old and cranky