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tube benders

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by CrewCab59, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. CrewCab59

    CrewCab59 1/2 ton status

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    I thought this info might be good for some that don't have a bender yet.

    1) Buy his plans for $18.00 and he send the plans back to ya.
    He gives you a list of parts/steel needed to build. The cost of steel is aorund or under $100.00 plus the jack is a engine lift bottle jack manual/air your choice, dies are pro-tools.
    The plans are @ www.gottrikes.com


    2) This bender is a look a like pro-tools 105 he sell's the bender a die of your choice and shipping for about $355.00 from his web site.www.tubetek.net


    I have nothing to due with these forks ,just trying to pass on some info.

    Thanks
     
  2. Kartoon

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    id really love to do that but without a drill press i could never drill those holes. that sucks.
     
  3. dremu

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    Yeah, but a drill press is prolly more useful than a bender anyway, and a handy way to do the fish-eyes or copes or whatever you call them for the junctions, with a hole saw.

    'Sides, a drill press is cheap ... I have a Shopsmith that's older than my father, traded it on Craigslist =))

    More usefully, any of you serious fab guys, whatcha think about these options? That Tubetek guy's site is pretty bare, not a lot of info, scares me more than a bit. How about the homebrew option -- is bending vertically worth it, possible, or should I just throw the $$ at a "real" bender?

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  4. ntsqd

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    Fishmouth.

    The tube doesn't care what plane it's being bent in. More a matter of what works for you. Up has an advantage in a small shop b/c you don't need the room horizontally to swing the leg of the tube. If you're just starting with a 20 footer that could be an issue. Assuming you have some clear height anyway.
     
  5. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    That's what driveways are for :haha: Though the weight for a full stick would get nasty.

    More usefully, thanks!

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    I have these plans and am slowing building it. I'm about 1/4 done :doah:
     
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    So, are you going to copy Sherman's bender? :D Then you could wheel it anywhere and not work up a sweat using it.
     
  8. dremu

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    Corr. I wish I had the time, skillz, and $$. :bow:

    I'm currently comparing the hassle of towing my rig down to San Jose and paying him to bend up some more cage bits, versus doing it myself. I'm big on DIY, but the $$ for a "real" bender is enough motivation to pay somebody.

    I'ma go start another related thread... stay tuned all.

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    They just had a Tricycle Motor appear :eek1: , he's been complaining about not having enough garage time to keep making progress on the Flattie. So I'm thinking you're likely on your own.
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Aaargh. (Err, "congratulations" :haha: ) ... guess I'm thinking more about a bender then. But AFTER BlazerBash :deal: ... gotta get the tow rig in order, and then no more tweaking :D

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    got any progress pictures?
     
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    So has anybody bought one of these TubeTek benders? Is the company trustworthy and are the benders worth the money? I got a quote of around $1,000 to build a cage by a company around here. I figure I can buy the tubing, bender and use my own welder to build one myself for the same money plus I'll have it exactly how I want and I will be able to build my bumpers and a other items afterwards. This seems like a good price for something that isn't a "pipe" bender from Harbor Freight... :D
     
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    Brought back from the dead...
    Did you ever finish the bender and what do you think of it?
     
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    There is a monster thread on these on Pirate. Link!

    It looks like the benders a quality work, but the builder is a little slow. His shop is about a hour away. I may have to get one of these.
     
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    I have one of those from Cliff. I paid a little over 600 for the bender, 2 dies (1.75/6/240 die set, 1/3/240 die set) and a degree wheel shipped to the house. I havent used it much yet. But it seems like a pretty good tool.:D

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