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Degree ring on Benders??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Esteban86K5, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. Esteban86K5

    Esteban86K5 1/2 ton status

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    Who actually uses theirs?

    I am about to purchase a Pro Tools bender and I am wondering if I should even buy the degree wheel? Those that have a bender do you use it?

    THANKS!!!
     
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    i wish i had a tube bender :frown1:
     
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    i use mine all the time when i bend tube. the only problem is you have to know how much spring back each tube has to get the correct reading. i set the pointer 2* before 0 and bent to 92* and still didn't get a 90* bend. but both bends were the same so that was very helpfull.

    you can always get it later, it will probably cost the same to ship it. mine came in 3 boxes, 1 for the bender, 1 for the die and 1 for the degree ring. i have a pro-tools mb105.
     
  4. Esteban86K5

    Esteban86K5 1/2 ton status

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    That's the bender I plan on getting. I just wasn't sure if i NEEDED the degree wheel. Where did you get your bender from?
     
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    i got mine from www.mikegreen4x4.com . i think hes on vaca till may, he was the best price when i was shopping around.

    you don't NEED the degree ring, but it makes it nice for symetrical cage and bumper work.
     
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    The degree ring is helpful but you don't need one. If you are ready to buy, give Greg Youens a call and tell him Justin sent you. He will beat Mikes price for you and he is not on vactaion. www.4wdfactory.com
     
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    I use the degree ring for every bend. As for spring back I keep the pointer set at zero and read the spring back on every pull. Most of the time it's between 3-4 degrees of spring. You can read it by pulling yourself out of pull and then when you let off to grab the next notch you'll see how much it comes back. This is how many degrees you really have bent. Not sure how most people do it but when the bender is set at zero with all the slack pulled out you can switch from one size tube to the next and the new spring doesn't have to be recalculated.
     
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    WOW!!! He' got some good prices. I'll have to give him a call.
     
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    I use the Bend Tech EZ software and a large angle finder I made. I have the degree ring but never use it.

    The angle finder I made is two pieces of aluminum about 24" long with the the ends bolted together snugly. I use a protactor to set my angle finder and then use the angle finder while I'm bending.

    The software is worth every cent IMO, it will pay for itself in saved material on the first project you do.

    Rene
     
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    Everything Rene just said here too.....

    I got my JD2 from www.tricktools.com

    Rob
     
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    Yeah i plan on getting the Bendtech from a friend locally. I will be calling tomorrow to all the different places online to see who has the best price on the Protools bender. :D
     
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