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Best Tube Bender???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k10clown, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. k10clown

    k10clown Registered Member

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    I want to make a rear tube bed for my 79' chevy. What is the best bang for your buck when it comes to tube benders? I want to go 1 3/4 or 2 inch. I am looking for a manual bender. I have looked at some but for $299 for the bender then $300 for the die, it sounds expensive to me. Any info will help me out. Thanks.
     
  2. big83chevy4x4

    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    i got a protools mb105 from www.mikegreen4x4.com for $240 for the standard bender, i think $250 for a 1.5" 240 degree die, $118 for a degree ring.

    with shipping i paid $634.93
     
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    I use an M-Tech, it is basically the same as the pro tools style. $600 is about right for a bender with a die. I would also go with 1.75" tube, that small difference is bigger than you think when you are doing a lot of cutting/bending.
     
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    I've got a JD2, been real happy with the quality of the construction of the unit. Got a 1.75" and 1" die, gettin a 2" soon. Havent bent much with it yet, but what I have done seems to come out real nice.
     
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    Found a couple. I think that I am going to go with the protools model and a harbor freight tube notcher. All this for under $700 with a 1.75" die for the bender. Thanks for the input.
     
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    I forgot to mention that some steel shops don't carry 1.75" I have yet to find one in/near Phoenix that doesn't have it but have heard of it being an issue in other cities. Just call and ask.
     
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    I forgot to mention that some steel shops don't carry 1.75" I have yet to find one in/near Phoenix that doesn't have it but have heard of it being an issue in other cities. Just call and ask.

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    i found that out a few weeks ago, im still kinda pissed about it. oh well i guess ill have to buy a truck load when i i start bending 1.75" lol
     

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