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Tube bender....HELP!!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ChevyCaGal, Apr 9, 2001.

  1. ChevyCaGal

    ChevyCaGal 3/4 ton status

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    I wanna bend some tubing...what do you guys use to do this? This would be rollcage sized stuff. I'm gonna enroll in a class at a local JC to learn to weld. Once I learn I want to get a welder and then bend my own tubing to make a rollcage and other stuff. There is a local place in town going out of business and I think I can get a deal now on a bender and just hang onto it. So my question is what do I look for...what brands are good, and anything else I could use info wise to make a good purchase. I don't wanna buy something and have it not be the right thing because the sales guy was stupid! Thanks in advance! [​IMG]

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  2. Cavalry

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    If that deal falls through, make sure you are looking at the right thing. A pipe bender (northern harbor freight etc) is a entirely different animal than a tubing bender. I have a bender from pro tools <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.pro-tools.com/product_lines.htm>http://www.pro-tools.com/product_lines.htm</A> Its not a bad bender for a beginner and can be upgraded (do it if you can afford it) easily. best of all its pretty cheap



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  4. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Go to www.jd2.com. They are running a deal right now. Also, if you can get to Fontana this Saturday, the Off Road Swap meet is suppose to have a load of them. If I go, it's first on my list, then springs, fenders, and seats.

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  5. ChevyCaGal

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    What? Where? I am interested in going there. I have no clue where Fontana is at all? You have directions? That bender looks awesome! I want it. I definately want to see it. If you have the swap info I would appreciate it! Thanks [​IMG]

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  6. gokartergo

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    Fontana is down by LA.....If I where you I would learn how to weld first. Then if you like it and can do it. Go buy the stuff. I've tried welding and can't do it worth a darn. Glad I didn't put any money in to it. And by then you might have a better idea of what you are looking for..Just my .02
     
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    Hey There,
    I have used the Harbor freight's hydraulic tub bender and it works fine, Its not for every day use but it works for hobby use. around 169.00 aint too expensive?? bent 2 1/2" steel tube fine.

    If you cant go over it...GO THROUGH IT !!!
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  8. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Here's the website: http://www.desertracing.com/swapmeet
    Here's the bad news, Fontana is outside LA near Riverside. I don't know if I'm going yet or not. I'm waiting on someone's tax return, he's buying my Jeep. The Beast needs parts and this is the place I can get some. Hoping against hope.

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