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Rolling Mill Gear Reducer - Revisited

About a month ago I sent in a post asking if people recommended a
gear reducer for rolling mills. The reducer was about $200 extra on
the mill that I was about to buy.

Well, I ended up buying the mill without a reducer and am sending
this post in to let you know that it works fine without it. The
real test was rolling out some silver bar (about a 1/4") to 20
Gauge withour any problem. I am sure that it would have been easier
with a 4:1 reducer, but I found it quite manageable without one.

Now that I ahve a mill I am not sure how I lived without one.