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Benders, What's The Difference?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Polaris, Feb 23, 2003.

  1. Polaris

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    Benders, What\'s The Difference?

    Can someone tell me what the difference is between an exhaust bender and a tube bender? Thank you!
     
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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

    I thought it was that exhaust is pipe, whereas tubing is..tubing.
    Correct me if I'm wrong.
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  3. Polaris

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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

    TTT - anyone have a definitive answer? We have an exhaust bender and welder. We'd buy the correct pipe. It seems to me that bending pipe is bending pipe but I do not want to compromise the safety of my family. Thanks!
     
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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

    That's it. Exhuast bender bends pipe (measures by ID) and tube bender bends tube (measures by OD).
     
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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

    To better understand the difference in benders you need to understand the difference between pipe and tube. Pipe is made to carry stuff through it (i.e. exhaust gasses, water) Tube is used for structural applicatoins so it is designed to carry a load. And like Boss said they are measured differently.

    That exhaust bender will put a nice crease at the bend causing a weak spot. Tube benders maintain the shape of the tube through the bend making for a much stronger.
     
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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

    Now that is the kind of reply I was hoping for! Thank you. We need to determine if it would be cost effective to buy a bender or just buy a cage already made... any opinions on that? So far my favorite cage is the one from Echobit.
     
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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

    I believe that exhaust bender would use a much weaker device to do the bending because the wall thickness of exhause tubing is relatively small compared to the tubing. I thin you'd need an actual tubing bender to bend tube. Just my $.02 /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     
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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

    not to change the subject but can you bend exhaust pipe with a tubing bender?
     
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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

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    We need to determine if it would be cost effective to buy a bender or just buy a cage already made... any opinions on that?

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    I juggled that question in my head for a while and decided to get my own bender. I got quoted nearly $2k for the cage I wanted at a race fab shop. I decided for that much money I can buy my own bender and a decent welder. I now have both and started building rock sliders this past weekend. I'm also goin to build bumpers then start on the cage. Doing it this way is going to save me tons since I'm not looking for the average 4 or 6 point cage, I'm going all out. So I guess you need to ask yourself what your plans are for your truck. If a 4-6 point cage is all you want, I can't see buying your own bender and welder a practical choice.
     
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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

    Another thing you need to look into is tube availibility/price. It's easy to find out here in Cali, and if one shops around, can get killer deals on it; but as far as where you are at, ask around, look in the yellow pages and make phone calls.
     
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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

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    We need to determine if it would be cost effective to buy a bender or just buy a cage already made... any opinions on that?

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    I juggled that question in my head for a while and decided to get my own bender. I got quoted nearly $2k for the cage I wanted at a race fab shop. I decided for that much money I can buy my own bender and a decent welder. I now have both and started building rock sliders this past weekend. I'm also goin to build bumpers then start on the cage. Doing it this way is going to save me tons since I'm not looking for the average 4 or 6 point cage, I'm going all out. So I guess you need to ask yourself what your plans are for your truck. If a 4-6 point cage is all you want, I can't see buying your own bender and welder a practical choice.

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    I agree with Savage one.It depends on what your plans for the truck are.
    If you decide you dont want the bender after you build what you need you could always sell it.



    Heres my first project with the new bender; [​IMG]
     
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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

    /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Great work! Could you imagine how much a fab show would've charged you for that /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif Plus its way more fun to DIY
     
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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

    I know some roundy racer dudes that built complete IMCA cars with an exhaust bender.....if you have one already get some tube that you like and give it shot...it does distort a little, but should be decent for recreationl use.
     
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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

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    /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Great work! Could you imagine how much a fab show would've charged you for that /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif Plus its way more fun to DIY

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    Pfffft......Rod (Savage1) doesn't even work for his bends, he's got a hydro setup!! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    Just keep "pushing that button" Rod, meanwhile I'm bending 2" DOM by hand and getting HUGE!!!! We'll armwrestle in Hollister this weekend. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

    I called my steel guy (replaced my floor last year) and I can get the tubing from him for 1.75/foot for 1 3/4 or 1.65 for 1 1/2.... now I wonder how many feet total a cage is?? Looks like, a lot. I'm just trying to figure now what is the most cost effective way to go. Even the steel guy says our bender should work fine if we have the right dies, which we do since we run a full-fledged exhaust shop (1 1/2 inch exhuast, lol). I REALLY like the Echobit cage but am hesitating on the shipping cost. At any rate, looks like next month a cage will go in and the half cab will come off! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Re: Benders, What\'s The Difference?

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    Pfffft......Rod (Savage1) doesn't even work for his bends, he's got a hydro setup!! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    Just keep "pushing that button" Rod, meanwhile I'm bending 2" DOM by hand and getting HUGE!!!! We'll armwrestle in Hollister this weekend. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

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    Yeah man, get swoll and bend tube, gotta love that. If you seen my garage you'll know why I opted for the portable hydro setup. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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