I am a beginning metal worker with an interest in jewelry design. I
want to purchase a rolling mill that is not necessarily high end
because money and need are limited. What I want to use the mill for
is imprinting designs onto copper, sterling, brass and gold filled
sheet metal. I see various rolling mills on ebay but the sellers
have not answered my questions so I am at a loss to know what to
purchase. I think that a mill that can accommodate a max. of 14 gauge
sheet and wire is what I want…and that it have 3" rollers, 80mm
opening, 80 or so degree of harness of the rollers, 5 rollers which
include wire and pattern, and a gear ratio of 4:1.
However, Harbor Freight is selling one which has a ratio of 3:1, no
hardness info, and can accommodate sheet up to 2.0066 and wire.197.
They say that 3:1 is better than 4:1. Is this true? I have hand
problems because of arthritis and need a smooth ride. I do not know
how to translate the numbers that they provided into gauge numbers so
I don’t know if it, though inexpensive, is suitable. Is the Harbor
Freight product a safe bet,and what gauge would you think the
numbers mean. Should I buy from [snip] through ebay and pay a bit
more? Any on rolling mills would be very appreciated. Any
own who knows of a new or newish mill for sale would be helpful.
thank you for including me in the orchid group. Regards,Bjeweled