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60mg 04-17-2011 05:48 PM

Tube bender recommendation
 
I've been doing a research on those and as usually those that seem to be appropriate and good for the job cost a little fortune and the ones that are questionable ... well you get the idea. So the question is - what did you guys use for your projects, what is your experience with the tool, where did you buy it, and how much was it (if it's not a secret to die for :D)

Irongrave 04-17-2011 05:52 PM

JDsquared model 32 manual bender. A few of my friends have them and they are great benders for the money. I'm getting one shortly so we can all share dies. the bender is not bad like around $800 with a stand and such but the dies are what kills you. 200-600+ for a single die

94 yj 04-18-2011 06:49 AM

Bought a HF PIPE bender. It worked OK for schedule 40 pipe for my bumper. Dies do not fit tube and will kink. There are tricks to make decent bends on internet but not consistent enough for me. I borrowed one of these:

http://i909.photobucket.com/albums/a...6/IMG_2458.jpg

Nice even consistent bends. The owner made it from these plans: Its one of Franks, with some modifications, its air powered (cylinder from HF for around $80). http://www.gottrikes.com/

Nice even bends even a 10 year old can bend!

http://i909.photobucket.com/albums/a...6/IMG_2438.jpg

60mg 04-18-2011 12:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 94 yj
Bought a HF PIPE bender. It worked OK for schedule 40 pipe for my bumper. Dies do not fit tube and will kink. There are tricks to make decent bends on internet but not consistent enough for me. I borrowed one of these:

Nice even consistent bends. The owner made it from these plans: Its one of Franks, with some modifications, its air powered (cylinder from HF for around $80). http://www.gottrikes.com/

Nice even bends even a 10 year old can bend!

Any idea on costs? Dies especially. I'd love to have one of these :D but I think manual jack would give you a bit better feel of the bend (could wrong though) could you ask your source? Thank you much in advance

94 yj 04-19-2011 06:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 60mg (Post 1185483)
Any idea on costs? Dies especially. I'd love to have one of these :D but I think manual jack would give you a bit better feel of the bend (could wrong though) could you ask your source? Thank you much in advance


He said he spent around $175-$200 for dies. I couldn't find them that cheep (I found around $225-275). Depending on the size of the die, the price goes up. If you do some google searching and find them cheeper, let me know. He spent less than $40 for the square tube It is 1/4" thick and both he and I agree that it could have easily been 3/16" to shave a little weight. (It weighs a ton!). The hydraulic cylinder was a HF model he bought with the "20% off cupon) in every Men's magazine for HF. I'll try to ge the exact die manufacturer he used. The plans he bought from the link I gave. I might know more in the future as I'd like to get another die to bend some aluminum for my fishing boat.
-John

Geno 04-23-2011 10:20 AM

I built one almost exactly like that one. Not a bad build. And it works great! We've done lots of different projects.

Here is the link to the Tube Bender Plans= Tube_Bender

Here is the link to the site where the dies are available=
http://www.pro-tools.com/

DAMSTR8 05-17-2011 01:35 AM

Plain and simple. How often you going to use one? You get what you pay for when it comes to benders. I also run JD2. If you do alot of bending like I do you can justify the cost of the dies as you will see a higher ROI the more you use it. If it is just for a few projects you might look into Jeeptubes.com and buy the tube pre bent for just a couple projects. "Just a thought"?

TheDoc 06-25-2011 04:13 AM

Google Blind Chicken Racing, they have a whole bunch of plans for making your own tube bender , notcher and hand clamps.

Tubing Bender


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