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More Tubing Bender Discussion..

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by DusterRT, May 4, 2003.

  1. DusterRT

    DusterRT Registered Member

    Aug 18, 2002
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    Just had a thought. Looking at the previous threads, there are quite a few threads on benders and the like. Now from what I collect, much of the difference between tube and pipe benders are the dies. Pipe benders, as available very economically through Harbor Freight, use dies with wall thickness taken into consideration, while tube benders are by outside diameter. Could I, for example, bend a piece of 2" pipe, cut it in half and to length, and like epoxy it to the die, and then use that to bend 2" tube? Or will that still kink the tubing?

  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

    Jul 23, 2000
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    E-town baby!
    The reason the pipe bender kinks the tube is that it puts all the pressure on a small area of the tube as it tries to bend it. The tube bender draws the tube around the die bending it a little at a time.

    There are tube sizes that match the pipe dies...no need to modify too much, but it will kink the tube unless the wall thickness is up there.


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