Plate Roller

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Plate Roller

Postby Poonz » Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:09 pm

I was wondering what everyone uses to letdown there plates. Do you use more than one roller for different jobs etc.? If anyone can recommend rollers or where I could purchase better ones, I kind of just made one out of a drywall roller that I found. You do what you gotta do.
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Re: Plate Roller

Postby longtimefan » Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:58 pm

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Re: Plate Roller

Postby Poonz » Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:07 am

Thanks I will check it out.
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Re: Plate Roller

Postby lavoie » Thu May 28, 2020 7:22 pm

For plate rolling, I always went with the Polymount plate roller. It is a foam roller that will not damage photo-polymer. It also has a wider surface area than the speedBall for faster mounting. I still used the SpeedBall roller to make sure the horizontal plate edges are contacting the backing as much as possible. The SpeedBall is a smaller and harder roller. Also worth noting, when the Speedball roller wears out, they have a tendency to break mid roll damaging the plate.
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Re: Plate Roller

Postby Fuzz » Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:13 am

Speed balls can be had in a soft or firm roll. Never seen one fall apart.
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Re: Plate Roller

Postby longtimefan » Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:34 am

Fuzz wrote:Speed balls can be had in a soft or firm roll. Never seen one fall apart.

Happened to me..

The hole the pin of the roller fits Into can wear bad over long time.. gets oblong and then the pin slips out
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Re: Plate Roller

Postby lavoie » Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:21 pm

I was unaware the Speedball had a hardness option. Still a small roller though. We mounted on average 40 wide web plates per 12 hour shift per person so we wore out many rollers.
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Re: Plate Roller

Postby timer1 » Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:17 pm

A coworker bought some tiny bearings online somewhere and put them in a speed roller and he got about a year out of it. The issue is the difference in hardness between the shaft and the frame where it rides. Maybe research how to harden that a bit to match their hardness levels? Also, I found the larger roller can actually cause some mounters to get air entrapped easier than the smaller ones. Smaller one was universally used.
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