Tube benders

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  1. JoshHefnerX

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    If I’m not mistaken, Sean bought one @Z71paramedic. Eric, Keith and Sean used it to build his 1st gen cage recently.
     
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    I have the HD model. It's a nice setup. I'm a tube noob. My only complaint is the distortion on the 90 degree bends with .120 wall It's been 11.5 % for me and they consider anything under 12% normal. It's a bit much too me and their solution is to use thicker wall material.
     
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    Is that from the design of the dies?
     
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    I built the same one as beags86, works great. I use the HF air over hydraulic ram and a Craftsman magnetic digital level.
     
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    Thought about that, didn't seem like a terrible project. Getting the dies is where it's at I think..
     
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    @JoshHefnerX I'm bending 1.75" and 2" OD / .120 wall so that puts me in a higher deformation range with the wall thickness threshold ( "3D"). The screen shot is from Rogue's website explaining the issue & the link is the whole page. https://www.roguefab.com/bender-tech/

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    I knocked my bender out in a weekend.
    It was a decently solid two days in the shop to build the bender.
    But it had to be done. I built the cage for my lemons car the following weekend.
     
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    I like the rouge fab bender. It allows you to mark out and set up several different bends in a couple of planes with multiple clamp blocks. Pretty neat trick.

    My jd2 bender has a bit less deformation maybe. I haven't bent 2" with a rouge fab bender. But mine is about the same deformation on 1.5, 1.75 and 2.

    I have bent 1.75 .090 on my jd2 with no more deformation than .120 wall. Have also bent 1.75 .250 wall

    All with a homemade hydraulic conversion
     

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