Home Built Slip Rollers

OK Im starting a thread on my home built slip roller. If you have a roller feel free to show it here too :slight_smile:

Today I built the cylcone for an E series build, below are the pics of the build. If you need further detail on how to build the roller let me know. If any one would like to attemp to replicate my cyclone you have my blessing :slight_smile: There are some things I do to the top end that are top secret though lol

Pepe, Also here is a pic of my grate set-up. See the last pic.

Hi Matt, Very nice quality work all the way around. Your cone roller is a design I’d really like to build, care to share some build pics. I’m also curious about the grate setup actuation mechanism, rotate, shake or vibrate?
Thanks, Pepe

looks good Matt

really nice work
i’m green with envy you guys build neat stuff and mine looks like crap it usually works but not to pretty
I could blame it on old age but it was that way when i was young.LOL
thanks for sharing the pics

Hello Matt,

Nice work, Thanks for posting.

Hi Matt,

Excellent job, definitely more difficult than it looks. Maybe you could show us the proper rolling procedures.


I also would like to have a roller in the shop, can you tell how to build one and the setup for rolling?

Hi Matt,

You do very nice work! It looks like your roller will do some heavy gauge steel. I’d be interested in the details of your roller build. I just hooked up on this site and it looks like a roller would be more than handy for my gasifier that I just started. Any pointers on successful rolling would be appreciated.


Boy you guys are gonna hold me to it huh?? lol

OK Ill get to it :slight_smile: Its been extreamly busy here, I am down a man and I had three machines that were supposed to ship last week and now Im doing every thing I can to get them out this week. Im working nights out there now its way to hot during the day.

When I built my slip roller I just googled it and I really could not find a whole lot on one of these. The best I could really find the pic in the Harbor Fright add. I just studied it and built mine how I though this one was built.

Rolling is easy, you just feed in your steel and roll it. Its as simple as that. You will need to do it many times untill its completely rolled. You will need to turn in the adjusters a few turns each time you roll. Rolling a cone is something I cant tell you how to do. You will need to just try and roll one. One thing I can tell you is you need a good lay out and your piece needs to be cut to that lay out. That is half the battle. Cones are something you have to get a feel for. It took me about 6 cones untill I could start rolling perfect cones. Its sort of like welding you have to do it to learn it.

Oh hey Pepe, Yeah the grate rotates. It works very well too. In mho rotating is the way to go. I just need to bump it to free it up in there.

Matt I have a book on slip rollers; although it takes you through design and building it was seriously lacking in content. Buying it was a waste of $; looking at one was just as good, or better, than the book.

I picked up 3 rubber coated rollers - 3’ long each - I have yet to build the frame.

Hi Matt, Nice job on the slip roller. I’ve seen something similiar on youtube but didn’t mark it. Will keep looking, it might have a couple of different views that might help. Grate rotates, thanks.

Hey everyone. I found the clip I was looking for (#3) and several others that show the operation. All will show you ways to go and give you design ideas. I haven’t built one yet, I’m looking for a gearbox, etc for the drive. I even thought the gear(or chain) driven distributor gears on older vehicles might work.
Enjoy, Pepe

Hi Wayne, Where did you pick up the rubber coated rollers? I was curious just how the metal was “gripped”.

Pepe - They were thrown away from a water bottling plant. I think they are conveyor rollers. They are heavy, strong, and have bearings in the ends. They should make a strong roller. I believe Ron O told me they would be great for a certain metal, in addition to regular steel, because of the rubber not scarring the material. I forgot what metal he said but can ask him.