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Old 02-16-2012, 05:54 PM   #1
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Pipe/Steel Bender

Trying my hand at light to medium fabrication, can anyone suggest a decent “manual” bender? Not looking to bend anything over: flat steel 5/16” and or square/round tubing 1 ˝ “ OD.

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Old 02-17-2012, 05:50 AM   #2
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I see that you were talking about bending flat strap and square tubing but also mentioned tube in your title so... I have had my eye one this one for a while now. I don't want to spend a ton of money on one that won't get much use. It probably won't be the best choice out there but for someone that just does some occasional fab work it should work great
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I'll second the harbor freight one. I used that one a few years ago in constructing tubing for a trailer-based BBQ smoker. Takes some getting used to and getting things lined up right and it's not for extreme bends.. but if you're looking for something simple that works for minor bends and adjustments, it's not a bad way to go.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:53 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. After looking at the video and doing a bit of research on the product, I couldn't find how they measured exactly where they wanted to bend? Also, do they sell dies for flat metal bending? All the dies I saw, was rounded? thanks again...
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:37 PM   #5
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I was just looking at tube benders not to long ago. I came across a pretty cheap one. Speedway Motors.
3rd Generation Hydraulic Round Tubing Bender - Speedway Motors, America's Oldest Speed Shop

As far as bending flat steel and sheet metal. There are plenty of DIY instructions floating around. All you need is a few lengths of 1/4" angle welded together, some HD hinges and a long metal handle.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:44 PM   #6
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Great write up of how to bend tubing.
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Here is an article on tube benders.
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I use a model 3 JD2 that I modded to hydraulic about 9 years ago. Its worked flawless over and over and isnt too expensive.

Originally I bought one of those orange anchors and after bending three bars and one of the welds broke (almost taking out my giggle berries) I sold it at the next swap meet. They kink the tube really bad also.
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Thanks for the references and suggestions (more would be welcome). Aside from my own trial an error, any tips/tricks/techniques on bending would also help me immensely (website, articles, your own experiences, etc.)...
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:50 PM   #9
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The harbor freight one isn't made for bending tube its a pipe bender, just keep that in mind.
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I had the harbor freight bender and "I" couldn't make it work. I destroyed more tubing than the bender was worth. I sold it on craigslist, got what I paid for out of it and decided to hold out till I could buy a JD2.
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bender??

I have one of those pipe benders in my garage... bought it to bend tubing..didn;t like the results...fifty bucks would get it out of my way
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I use a model 3 JD2 that I modded to hydraulic about 9 years ago. Its worked flawless over and over and isnt too expensive.

Originally I bought one of those orange anchors and after bending three bars and one of the welds broke (almost taking out my giggle berries) I sold it at the next swap meet. They kink the tube really bad also.
X2 on JD2. It will allow you to start as a manual bender at first. When you can save up more, just bolt on the Hydro and your set Here is an amazing place. This is where I am getting mine from. There is so much cool stuff there, it is hard to resist.
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I just bought a air over hydraulic cherry picker cylinder off ebay and made it fit for 80 bucks
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:48 AM   #14
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After doing days of research, I kinda looking at getting this one:

If anyone got this or know about it, please let me know...any kind of feedback are welcome

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