There is an ad in the current issue of Lapidary Journal for
Karat Mini Rolling Mill from Arjan Enterprises for $199.00 with a
flat roller, $225. for wire and flat, and $245. for flat, shallow
half rounds and pattern. It has a built in reduction gear with
4:1 ratio. Has anyone heard of this company? Bought any of these
I bought one of these mills (Karat) about a year ago. They’re made
in India. The base & side plates are made from 22mm thick steel.
The rolls a re 42.5 mm in diameter. The bearings on the lower roll
are bronze. The upper roll is adjustable, up & down. Maximum roll
opening is aprox 5mm. The upper roll is gear driven by the lower
roll. All the gearing (4 to 1 reduction & upper roll) are exposed.
The rolls are ground, but do not hav e a high polish. The mounting
brackets for the 4 to 1 gear reduction system limit unobstructed
rolling of sheets to a maximum of 57 mm (2 1/4") wide. If y ou
plan to use it embose patterns on large pices of metal, these
mounting brackets could present a problem.
The mill I have has square, round & 1/2 round wire groves on each
side. T he center of the rolls can roll a flat strip 25.4 (1")
wide. I’ve heard ther e are a several different rolls, patterned,
flat & groved available for thi s mill. Supposedly they’re
changable by the customer.
The mill doesn’t have the beef or fine finish of the Italian mfgd
mills, but then the price is a l;ot less too. The base has 2 holes
drilled throu gh it for bolting the mill to a bench or stand. For
the amount of use I give it, it fills the bill. It’s done evrything
I’ve asked of it. If I had to do it over, I’d still buy it.
FWIW: I motorized mine, since some jobs require a 2nd pair of
hands, whic h I don’t have.
I bought mine from a dealer at a show, so I have no knowledge of
the deal er you referenced.