Manual or Powered Slip Rolls, which one is the right for your workshop?
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Manual or Powered Slip Rolls, which one is the right for your workshop?

Slip Rolls are a great way to bend various radii into large pieces of sheet metal.

So, you need to bend a radius into sheet metal? The machine you need is a slip roll. But which machine is the right one for you?

Sheet metal, plate metal.
What is the difference?

You may hear people refer to both sheet metal and plate, using these terms interchangeably, but they are in fact different! By definition, the thicknesses of metal can be separated into three categories.

METAL FOIL:

Metal foil is extremely thin sheets of metal that has been hammered or rolled flat. Typically, aluminium or gold, foils are usually 0.03mm in thickness. However, foil can be as thick as 0.2mm and still be considered a foil.

SHEET METAL:

Sheet metal is any metal that is thicker than a foil, but thinner than plate. Is commonly used for lighter construction that does not require robust durability. The machine that is perfect for bending sheet metal, is called a slip roll.

Bending Sheet Metal Slip Roll
Bending Sheet Metal Manual or Powered Slip Roll

PLATE METAL:

Finally, plate metal is any sheet over 6mm in thickness. Typically used for heavy construction and robust applications, plate is used where durability is of high importance. The machine capable of bending plate is no longer a slip roll, but a plate roll.

While all three are technically metal in sheet form, only metals over 0.3mm and below 6mm are strictly ‘sheet metal’!


Manual or powered Slip Rolls are a great way to bend various radii into large pieces of sheet metal at an affordable price.


So which machine do you need? Both machines in the standard DIMAKIN range serve the same capacity, and the same useful rolling width. The key consideration you need to make is quantity. How much physical exertion do you want to put into your rolling? If you’re typically bending one-off pieces, perhaps a manually rolled slip roll would be okay for you. However, if you a typically rolling large batches of the same (or different) parts, you may want to opt for the powered version. In addition, the same can be said if your machine will be operated all day long!

SLIP ROLLS PR-1316M in review:

  • Manually operated
  • Bench or stand mounted
  • Stand comes at no extra cost
  • Three wire grooves for bending solid rod
  • High-quality high chromium machined and polished rollers
  • 1270mm rolling width
  • 1.6mm mild steel rolling capacity
  • 75mm roll diameter
  • 50mm minimum forming radius
  • 3:1 gear ratio
  • Manual roll speed

SLIP ROLLS PR-1316 in review

  • Motor operated
  • Maneuverable foot pedal
  • Forwards and backwards pedal controls
  • Three wire grooves for bending solid rod
  • High-quality high chromium machined and polished rollers
  • Emergency stop button
  • Limit switch emergency stop
  • Fully CE compliant
  • 1270mm rolling width
  • 1.6mm mild steel rolling capacity
  • 75mm roll diameter
  • 50mm minimum forming radius
  • 38rpm
  • 0.5 horsepower motor

Got a question about a new application you want to give a try? Give us a call or email! Need some advice on how to use your machine? There’s no deadline when you can ask us by.

Do you have any questions regarding the machines above, or about any other machinery requirements? If so, feel free to call us on 02476210123 or email us on sales@dimakin.co.uk.  

You could have your Manual or Powered Slip Rolls tomorrow, so what are you waiting for?!


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