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Manual Pipe bender

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Eagle, Jul 20, 2001.

  1. Eagle

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    Manual Pipe bender

    I remember reading in some message board someone was purchasing a manual 12 ton hydraulic pipe bender for 250 dollars. It was a small unit that could be transported. Has anyone heard or see this before? Does anyone know where I could get such a unit?


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  2. michaelm

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    PIPE benders are dirt cheap, but a tubing bender is a different beast.
    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.jd2.com/M3B.htm>http://www.jd2.com/M3B.htm</a>
     
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    The JD2 is supposed to be the best. $265 for the bender,$175 for the notcher, and about $200 per die. I plan to get one soon.


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  4. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Also call up Baja Concepts and Mittler? Bros. The last two have websites, just don't know off the top of my head. They all sell JD2 Benders and it is real popular. One more thing if you didn't know, pipe benders are for pipe, tube benders are for tube and that's what you want to use for tubing. A pipe bender will wreck tubing. Better to spend the bucks now in equipment than later in supplies.

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    Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought they were pretty much the same, it was only the die that is a bit different, maybe considring that tube is measured outside diameter and pipe measures inside diameter.
     
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    You're right about how pipe &amp; tube is measured, which is why tubing gets wrecked using pipe bending dies. A 1.5" pipe die (also dependant upon thickness) has a nominal diameter &gt; than 1.5" whereas a 1.5 " tubing die has a nominal diameter = 1.5".

    I have a couple of websites that I'll find the URL for and post later.

    I think about $275 is the absolute cheapest that I have found the tubing benders, and I don't think dies were included. Its a travesty I tell you...

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    I've been looking a lot at tubing benders lately. The price is such that you almost want to make it yourself, of course then you come to dies which without a machine shop and some experience (neither of which do I have) would be difficult.

    Any machinist on the board willing to do the job? If enough of us committed to getting the dies made, we might be able to get a cut rate... something to consider.

    Anyway, here are the promised links:

    Lowbuck tools has a cool site and they have a couple of bender models, but start at $495! And the Hossfeld begins at something like $850, ouch…
    http://www.lowbucktools.com/prod.html

    JD2’s model 3 is their cheapest and looks good:
    http://www.jd2.com/PRODUCTS.HTM

    Prices here look reasonable and they use steel dies as opposed to aluminum:
    http://www.pro-tools.com/pro_model_105_mechanical_.htm


    A link to a guy that bought the dies and built his own:
    http://www.blindchickenracing.com/tools/Tube Bender/Tubingbender.htm

    An article that may be of interest:
    http://sandrail.com/tubebend.mv


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  8. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    JD2, the last time I was on the page had a bare bones stock bender for $235. I'm getting one of those, but of course add on a degree ring and die and kaching!

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    Yeah, your rolling in around 500-600 bucks, Ka-ching for real.

    Have fun with it.

    John
     
  10. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Couple more months and it's mine. Getting a chop saw tomorrow, then down to the steel supply on Monday.

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    Im the one who bought the bender its a conduit bender a greenlee 777 with a 27 ton ram and a electric portopower it will bend tubing just fine as long as its over .095 wall it will bend dom also this unit is made to bend up to 4"steel conduit it does a great job and it is portable.http://greenlee.textron.com/download/archive/18-20.pdf
    look at page 2 also this unit costs over 2500.$ with out the elec power unit ,the guy I bought it off had it from an auction of surplus electrical supllies he bought.

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