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bender and tube

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by shaun, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. shaun

    shaun 1/2 ton status

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    So I want to build a cage and bumpers for the new pickup. What kinda of bender do I need and what size tube. I never thought Id do this stuff myself but now I want too. Any info and tips are needed and appreciated. I tried search but not getting what I need. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    Here's the short version of it:
    Most people make bumpers out of pipe. Most people make cages out of tubing.
    You can't bend the two different types using the same bender/dies because of the different ways they're measured (pipe is measure using ID, tubing OD).
    Essentially, you have to buy a tubing bender because I believe those have the dies available for bending pipe as well. There's also nothing that says you can't make a bumper out of tubing.

    That's just what I've picked up so far...I'm still a newbie in the world of pipe/tubing bending and look forward to reading any other responses/corrections to what I just said. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. shaun

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    thanks more info please. let all of us minor pions learn from those of you with the needed knowledge /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif



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    you could also make bumpers out of square tubing rather than bending round tubing.
     
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    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Umm, all my stuff is tubing. Pipe is for plumbing, not for truck parts... Bumpers I make are all 1.5" .120" wall tubing, cages. 1.75" .120" wall, etc. I use a Pro-Tools One-Shot Hydraulic Bender.
     
  6. shaun

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    thanks jason. Where do you buy your tubing and bender?
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Is that the hydro version of the 105 or is it one of the bigger ones? TIA.
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    You might want to search on Pirate, lots of good info on this over there.
     
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    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I buy my tubing locally at B&B Metal Supply. I bought the bender direct from Pro-Tools.

    This is mine:

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    I've got a JD2 converted to Hydro using Jay's setup as a guide.

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  11. shaun

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    So if I bought the 15 ton one shot hydraulic bender.(595)
    I would also need either the Electric hydraulic pump or the air over hydraulic pump and a compressor to power it? If I am just bending 1.5" and 1.75" both by .120 then I will need two different die sets? Which would be better the electric pump or the air air/ and compressor? Thanks for all the answers. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    I will look at pirate also.
     
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    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I run the air over hydraulic cause it was cheaper and it works just fine. Yes you will need a compressor to run it. You will need one die for each size of tube, 1.5, 1.75, 2", etc.
     
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    What compressor do you run?
     
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    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    An Ingersoll-Rand stationary vertical tank compressor.
     
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    What size is it? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    5hp I think 50 gallon... I've ran my bender with a dinky little pancake style job site compressor and it worked fine. It doesn't require a whole lot of CFM.
     
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    Tha is what I was wondering. Any tips you can give me? /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     

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