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Hydraulic benders...

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by mikey_d05, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. mikey_d05

    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I plan on buying a bender at some point this summer and I really don't have the money to buy a fancy hydro setup but I don't have the biceps to do what I need to do by myself, and all but 1 of my wheeling friends are ridiculously unreliable.

    Pro-tools has nice, complete packages with plenty of accessories and such for good price, and they sell a "hydro bracket kit" for like $100. My only problem with that is, the air/hydro ram to fit it costs $360. :eek1:

    I can get a similar air/hydro jack for $60 all day long but I don't know how to mount it since their ram is clamped right at the bender arm and an air/hydro jack would have to be mounted via the base.

    Anyone have any bright ideas for hydro on the cheap or know of anyone who sells a similar ram for a little bit more reasonable amount?
     
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    bending tube manually is not hard at all. remember leverage is your friend. just use a good length cheater bar.
     
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    6 ft piece of 1X2 steel works really well. Worry about upgrading after.
     
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    hell with just their bender handle i saw a video of a guy bend 1.75 hrew .250 wall i think with 1 hand and 1.50 with one finger
     
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    :thinking: Maybe I just wasn't using a long enough handle on my friend's bender or something.
     
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    Is mikey a wimp? ;)

    Just use as long as a handle you can. Or get that lady friend to help pull :eek1:
     
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    I used about a 4 ft cheater handle. grabbed it, leaned back, and just started walking. Isnt hard at all and im not the most built guy you have ever seen.
     
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    We were bending 2" .120 DOM with a decent sized handle (although I don't know the exact length) and it was a major major bitch for one guy. Apparently I forgot to eat my wheaties. :crazy:
     
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    model 4 on order... with full hydro,,, no more receiver hitch bends for me

    in 3 weeks I will "tubulate"
     
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    at that size it wont be easy, DOM is a little tougher to bend than HREW. When you go above .120 wall its definately more work.

    Just get the bender and consider your biceps bigger already. Like they said use a longer handle when neccessary.

    Jesse
     
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    I have the model 3 bender without the hydrolic addition, and it works great for now. I have a 48" cheater, that I just lean on a little. Granted, I have only been bending .095 mild stuff so far, but I can't imagine the DOM being THAT much tougher. I do plan on adding the hydrolic kit when financialy possible....dang it runs like $900...that hurts. Sure will be nice when doing a full roll cage or some big projects though. Tell us if you find a good hydrolic setup for cheaper, I would like to know too.
     

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