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tube bender

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sams78chevy, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. sams78chevy

    sams78chevy Registered Member

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    I am going to buy a tube bender off ebay pretty soon but i was just wondering what die i should get i will use it mostly for bumpers and my roll cage? Also does anyone know of any companys that sell manual style tube benders with dies included for under around 600? Thanks for the help.

    78chevy 350/350/203 38.5/15/16.5 getting shortened soon. from 133 to 103!!!
     
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    yeah that is the one that i was going to buy i just wasnt sure what size die i should get yet. probably a 2 inch.
     
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    This one any good click
     
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    We use a JD2 in the shop that we have converted to hydro. For bumpers we use a 2"O.Dx6.5"CLR and for tube doors etc we use 1.5"O.Dx5"CLR

    The last link posted if for a pipe bender, I wouldn't recommend using them for our application.

    -Kyle
    NWF.
     
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    I think that a 1.75" is a good all around size die if you are starting with one. It is strong enough for most applications and there's enough of it out there to keep cost down.
     
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    for the price you should get a Pro Tools setup or JD2, as for dies 1.5"-2.0" with around 6" radius :wink1:

    Jesse
     
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    I have the plans for building a JD2 style bender if anyone is interested. I tried posting them here, but they're too big. pm me if you want them.
     
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    I have a bridgeport, so I could even help machining if you really needed it.
     
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    Gauder, could you email me the plans? guido66611x@yahoo.com I'd really appreciate it.
     
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    Nope. One of the first mistakes I made.
     
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    I bought one of these (before I knew better or was on CK5 :rolleyes: ) and it DOES NOT WORK at all. It mostly just kinks the pipe, and if you're using heavy pipe it will end up dimpling it where the two outer pins hold it down too. Bad news for strength.

    I'm hoping to get those plans from Gauder, or do this from BlindChickenRacing to save my mistake and at least get some use out of that big 16-ton hydraulic hand-pump ram that came with mine. :doah:

    http://www.blindchickenracing.com/Tools/Tube Bender/Tubingbender.htm
     
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    Is it much less expensive to build or is it better?
     
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    Lucky rascal, I always wanted a bridgeport.
     
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    It is less expensive to build it, especially if you can get some metal, and maybe a big hydraulic ram (a big bottle jack would probably work as well basically).

    The 2" die set for any of these types of benders is generally about $250 + shipping. If you can build the rest for free you just saved yourself $300. Even if you need to spend $100 on metal and a jack, you saved $200. I say it would be worth the try, at least to scavange the parts. Even if it didn't work you'd only be out your time, because you could just buy the bender that fits the die you bought! :D
     
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    Guido, you have mail. Why can't you receive pm's?
     
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    These plans use the JD2 dies. If I had a lathe, I'd be able to make them too. Soon comes the lathe, soon. ;)
     
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    Thanks Gauder. I can't get PMs because I can't renew my subscription until payday on Friday. :(

    I'll pass these on to 4x4High to save you the trouble Gauder. Thanks again.
     
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    :waytogo: Now if someone could resize these, we could just post them up here. I'm not that computer savy.
     

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