After cutting open some rather secure packaging, changing the
rollers from flat to wire, and a few hours of spare time I now have 1
troy ounce of recycled fine silver in 20 Ga wire instead of the ingot
I had a mere day ago.
I found a rather good deal on a rolling mill made in India through
eBay (a little over $200 including shipping). (Waiting for someone to
smack me upside the head for spending $200 to recycle $7.50 in
silver… Crickets chirping… OK, I guess everyone else understands
that we need our toys.) It may need a tiny shim under the far bottom
roller as the wire rollers do not quite come together 100%, but I am
assuming the slightly out-of-tolerance issue is as a result of the
"you get what you pay for" philosophy.
All in all, I am pleased. As an aside, my right arm is rather tired
from all of that cranking. The slight rough edges on the wire due to
the gap were easily remedied with my draw plate. I guess if I was
rolling sheet I would need to run it through backwards to correct the
size difference (although that would still leave the center slightly
thicker than the edges – not something that would interfere with
what I am currently fabricating).
Rudy Bescherer, Jr.