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What tubing bender is better???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 85mudblazin, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. 85mudblazin

    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    I am going to get either the model 3 JD2 or the protools bender, the model 3 is 295.00 with the degree ring and no handle, the pro tools is 240.00 without the degree ring and no handle, I am going to be bending 1 3/4x .120 steel tubing so the die for the model 3 is 270.00 and the die for the protools is 185.00, so which one is better??
     
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    I want to know too! I'll be bending the same size tubing and maybe some 2" stuff as well. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
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    I added up the prices and the pro tools one is 543.00 with the degree ring and the model 3 is 565.00, so Id dont know which one is better, if they both are about the same then it will just come to which one is cheaper after shipping cost is added.
     
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    I think they're about the same. But I'd perfer a JD2, thats what more % people are using... I think....
     
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    from what i was told both places(JD2 and Protools) are miles from each other. i know that both are located in florida

    there are quite a few people using the JD2, i think mainly the reason is up untill about a month ago the JD2 was cheaper. there are a few poeple whove bent the main bars on a protools bender (hydralic, .250 wall tube) and ive seen the same thing on the JD2. soo.... /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    yeah called about them once on a whim, $800 if memory serves !! /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif
     
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    I am rocking a Pro-tools HD with home brew hydro and love it. Honestly, they both will probably perform the same.
     
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    ok well then guess it comes down to which one is cheaper after shipping, thanks yall
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    yeah called about them once on a whim, $800 if memory serves !! /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif

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    Actually if memory serves me I believe that shark bender was featured on Trucks! and he said as shown it was 3 grand...that probably includes a bunch of dies though.
     
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    there is a price list on the site. its costs like 3k with no dies
     
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    i have a protools 105HD. Haven't got my garage space to use yet, so its still sitting in its box un-used. One thing to think about with whichever die you choose is what radius they can bend through. I went ahead and got the most spendy die I'll prolly ever have for it first (1.75" x 6" x 240 degree), that way later additions aren't such a hit to the pocketbook. A die that does less than 240 is cheaper... but being able to do 180 degree bends is purdy cool so I figured it was worth it. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

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    Can you give me a little for info on which die to buy, Doesnt it mean when it says 5" that it takes 5" of tube to bend 180*?? I am not real shure so that would help alot so I dont wasnt my $$$.
    Thanks
    -Chris
     
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    the 1.75" x 5" 240
    1.75" size of tube
    5" Center Line Radius
    degrees of die

    the center line raduis is the raduis of the bend (ie:5") from the center of the tube. so a 180* bend is 10" center to center. the tighter the bend the thicker tube you need to bend before it wrinkles. not sure if there is a difference in strength of the bend. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

    you can't bend more than 180* because you won't be able to get the tube out of the die.
     
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    ok I am going to be bending 1.75x.120 tube so what would be the better die to get??
     
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    I'm pretty sure the general concenus on pirate is the Pro tools dies are harder and do not gall as easily.

    I own a protools 105 with a 1.75 die and a homebrew hydraulic conversion.
     

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