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Fabricators-What tubing bender?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by hawglet, Dec 16, 2003.

  1. hawglet

    hawglet 1/2 ton status

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    Okay, I have several project that I would like to do which require bending tube. My problem is that I don't have a bender and don't know what one to get. I'm not looking to spend a fortune but would like something that would bender anything from say 1.5 inch to 2.5 inch say a .120 wall. I am looking at building a cage just to give you an idea. What are you guys using?
     
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    I have a Pro tools manual bender...
    but I have almost $900 into it...with 3 dies..

    I'm VERY happy with its performance.. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    MTech NE5 with 1.75 x 5.5 and 1 x 3, both 180*+ dies. Wouldn't change a thing.
     
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    JD2 Model 3 bender with a 1.75" x 5.5" CLR die set. I'm looking at getting a 2" die set sometime in the new year. We got the tube notcher while we were at it...

    Rene
     
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    I have a JD2 Model 4 with hydraulics. http://www.jd2.com/ This is the only one I found that will bend up to 2.5" tubing and is reasonably priced. I have used it to bend 2" schedule 40 erw. That is 2.375" OD pipe. I doubt you will be bending 2.5" tube for a cage. So, unless you plan on bending anything over 2" I would go with a less expesive one. That will save you a few hundred $.
     
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    M-Tech NE5 manual bender. 1.5 - 5.5 CLR and 2.0 - 6.5 CLR. The instructions say you can bend up to .250 wall with a longer handle. (I'm gonna find out when I build my x-over drag link) It will be hard to find a bender with a 2.5" die. The main part in the reason for M-Tech is they are local.
     
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    anybody have a link for the M-tech? I've been shopping around and so far I will be going with the VanSant bender because it is kinda local. Would like to take a look at the M-tech though.
     
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    Thanks for the link
     
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    I got my bender through Van Sant...what they don't tell you is that it's a JD2 and is drop shipped from Ocala Florida. So, even though Van Sant is local to you it'll still cost you some $$ for shipping.

    They were very good to deal with though, very friendly and helpful.

    Rene
     
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    MTECH has JD2 drop ship theirs too. Shipping is very high, especially for the big dies. MTECH sales guy was very helpful too. I actually ordered it and waited to pay for it until it was ready to ship. That was cool!
     
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    Actually, Mtech sells both JD2 and NE5.

    NE5 is made locally in Phoenix IIRC. NE5 is easier to swap dies on due to the extra support spacers (JD2 kinda collapses without the die in place) but it’s almost identical in design. And when I bought mine it came with a free degree ring for the same price as a JD2. Someone recently said they are not slightly higher than JD2 and do not come with the degree ring. I picked mine up at the store, no shipping...
     
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    Another Pro Tools 105 here... /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    The model 4 is a completely different animal than the model 3. The die changes are easy. You pull a couple pins and R&R the dies. Takes about 20 seconds. The degree ring is machined into and is part of the lower part of the bender. So there is no additional cost to the bender for the ring. However, the bender alone is $755, then you add the hydraulics and dies, and the price only goes up.
    The reason I went with the model 4 was I wanted to bend tube bigger than 2" and the Model 4 was the only bender that is reasonably priced that can do it.
     
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    The Pro Tools MB105 is also easy to change dies on. SImilar to the model 4 by pulling the pins and swapping the dies.
     

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