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what brand tube bender to get?

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Over the weeks that followed it was blasted, and powdercoated.


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My garage is a post tension slab, so cant drill, so needed another solution.
Swag Offroad/HF 8t Long Ram conversion...

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Powdercoated

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Then I added the Swag Offroad revolver base...
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And build a rolling table with multiple trailer hitch receivers so I can mount it on top or on sides, and other stuff..

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Works good tho so far I only did test bends

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I have a JD squared model 32 bender. I like it because of the capacity and strength, and the cost difference was minimal. It can bend 2" x 1/4 wall if needed.

I use an air/hydraulic pump because its a lot cheaper than the electric hydraulic pump. I did put a pressure gauge on it so I don't go over the limit of the bender.

I built a stand for it out of 2.5" x 1/8" wall square tubing, and just wheel it where it needs to be to clear the walls for the bend then roll it back in the corner, which is easier with the hydraulic since you don't have to crank on it and have it stay still.
 

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I saw this one, and knew it was the one I wanted.
I haven't used it yet, been a bit busy with other stuff.
 

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I've had good luck with my JD2 dies. They are older though, can't say if new is any different.
 

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1.625 (chrome moly), 1.75 (regular DOM), 1.5, 1.25 the most. I also have 1 and .75.
 

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I saw this one, and knew it was the one I wanted.
I haven't used it yet, been a bit busy with other stuff.
Are those aluminum dies? That would be handy, my 1.75" dies are damn heavy.

How tall is your ceiling, have you had any issues with tubes hitting it during bending?

One of the reasons I like it on wheels is because while bending main hoops and such you can roll it so the tube clears while bending.
 

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Are those aluminum dies? That would be handy, my 1.75" dies are damn heavy.

How tall is your ceiling, have you had any issues with tubes hitting it during bending?

One of the reasons I like it on wheels is because while bending main hoops and such you can roll it so the tube clears while bending.
I've only bent a couple pieces of 1.75" x 0.125 wall. The ceiling in my garage is about 8'.6",
I would have to be careful if bending any kind of length over about 6'
Not a problem, yet. Those dies are aluminum, while lighter than steel, they're still pretty hefty, more than you'd think.
 
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