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tubing bender

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by fabjunkie, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. fabjunkie

    fabjunkie 1/2 ton status

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    How would this fare for bending up some HREW or DOM? I can't afford the $2k+ for a JD2, but would like to be able to bend some stuff up. How thick of tubing would I be able to bend with it without bending the bender itself? Would it do ok with some reinforcement?
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  2. MNorby

    MNorby 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    That there is a pipe bender. Won't work too well for tube

    Here is a discussion about it on pirate: http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=484109

    To each his own, I have made bumpers with one of those benders but it was also pipe i was bending and not tube. Tube is also measured OD and pipe is measured ID.
     
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    Look in the backround of the first pic.:rolleyes: We are actually in the process of building 2 cages. One for a 4Runner and one for my K5. More pics here.
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    Thanks for the info. I actually have plans (blueprints so to speak) to build one like this. How much do dies run? I'll be getting my welder and torch in the next couple of months. I have the experience, just never had my own equipment. Always had access to the shops stuff.

    But I'm confused. So you are using which bender for the cages? Tube or Pipe?
     
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    Using the tube bender. All the tube is 1.75x.120DOM. We got the pipe bender out just to see what it can do. The pipe bender will work to tweak some bends a little bit but does not do well making an actual bend. I am going to play with the pipe bender more when I have time. I don't have the correct die ground out yet. My cage will be mainly DOM but will have some pipe in it too. The pipe will be mainly for gussetts.
     
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    Pro-Tools is running a special on the 105K bender - LINK

    you can get the bender, econo degree ring, stand, handle and a 1.75"x6"x120* die for about $530 plus shipping.

    Bender comes unpainted and you have to weld the stand together..... Great people to deal with too!
     
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    those things are EASY to build just need the hydros."referreing to Wayne's bender"

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    What is easy to build? The cage or the bender? Hydro would be nice.
     
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    The bender.... that thing isn't hydro????
     

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