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Tube Benders?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Corey 78K5, Apr 7, 2003.

  1. Corey 78K5

    Corey 78K5 1 ton status

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    Anyone have any ideals on where to get one for cheap? I just want to use one for making a few bends here and there nothing like a full cage or anything of that nature.
     
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    Umm, I seem to recall a thread about pipe benders vs tube benders ... if nothing else, pipe is usually measured in ID and tube in OD, so the dies'll be labelled funny /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    A pipe bender will just kink the tubing...even if you can find a tubing size that matches the dies.

    A tube bender draws the tube around the die, where a pipe bender pushes the die up into the pipe or tube. On thin wall tubing that puts too much pressure on a small area of the tubing and kinks it.

    I'd try Ebay I guess...

    Rene
     
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    You can get a tube bender for $99 at Harbor Freight. I saw one there on Friday... it's all muscle powered through. Not sure if it comes with dyes. I think I am gonna buy it this summer for some things... /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Post a link Steph...I wanna see it!

    Rene
     
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    It was the only one I saw... sitting on a shelf by the engine hoists. It was gray colored. No stand... just the top section with a small base with some holes like you would mount it to a table or something. No box for it either. It said clearance and had a $99 price sticker on it. I can't find it on the site, but I will go by there tomorrow and ask about it. Maybe someone returned it or it was old stock? It looked really cool. Crap if it's the only one I am gonna buy it. Who need to pay their gas bill anyhow... /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    what would be best to bent up some tube (upto 2") bumpers?
     
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    I have that one and it's not for tube at all. It's for strap and bar stock...
     
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    I bought my bender from Pro Tools , the craftsmanship is awesome.
     
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    I know a tube bender would work better than a pipe bender, but if you use the right size die and some other "tricks" a pipe bender will work...
    I used the $59 bender from Harbor Freight on all my stuff!

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    If I were to do it again, I would buy a tube bender. They just make cleaner bends.
     
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    I'm a firm believer in "quality benders" but I believe our buddy Marv Springer whipped up this baby with a Harbor Freight unit....not bad at all!!

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    i bought a pipe bender from harber freight and kinked my tubing.so i orderd one from m-tech.it works great.
     
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    I have been using a pro tools bender for many years, it is very well built,and the company is very easy to deal with. Check out www.blindchickenracing.com for a homemade version using pro tools dies.

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    I went ahead and picked up a JD2 model 3 bender from JD Squared. Customer service was great and I received the bender 5 days after ordering it. The quality of the work seems to be pretty damned decent if you ask me. I have seen the pro-tools bender in person and its a little better on the finish and fit, but for overall function they both work the same.

    I would not trust a Harbor Freight bender, whether it be pipe or tubing to do mass amounts of bending work. Thats just my opinion so take it for what its worth.
     
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    I went ahead and picked up a JD2 model 3 bender from JD Squared. Customer service was great and I received the bender 5 days after ordering it.

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    If this wasn't a family site, I would be inquiring as to who you had oral sexual relations to get it that fast....Took almost 2 months for me, and I still haven't done anything with it expect wreck some bolts and partially bend some tube.
     
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