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Old 05-11-2014, 10:44 PM   #1
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Tube bender

What's a decent one under $300 if any?
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:58 PM   #2
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Harbor Freight does not sell a tubing bender, only pipe benders. About the least expensive tubing bender I have found is from Affordable Bender.

Affordable Tube Benders, tube notchers, metal fabrication welding

Seems like it will do everything that you will need to do on a Jeep.
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I've had good luck with the cheap, hand pump bender that grizzly sells. With a cheap bender, you just have to accept the fact that you might have to bend something 6 times to get it right. Making a jig out of wood helps...
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Jd2.... The money isn't in the bender the money is in the dies. I use a jd2 with air hydraulic ram. It bends .120 mild dom and 4130 no prob. She doesn't like .250 wall much though
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Harbor Freight does not sell a tubing bender, only pipe benders. About the least expensive tubing bender I have found is from Affordable Bender.

Affordable Tube Benders, tube notchers, metal fabrication welding

Seems like it will do everything that you will need to do on a Jeep.

Daddyjeep is correct. Pipe sizes and tube sizes are not the same. Pipe is ID tube is OD. If you want fair bends, a pipe bender will sometimes work when you fill the piece with sand and cap the ends. A good tubing bender with a good set of dies make even smooth bends without kinks that is repeatable if you need more than one bend.

This was bent with a pipe bender ( I own a HF)



This was roll cage was modified/fabricated with a tubing bender (A custon one I borrowed from a friend):




You get what you pay for. I've never tried the "Affordable Tubing bender", but I would before I bought another HF pipe bender.

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