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Old 02-09-2011, 11:57 AM
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Default Tubing Benders

i'm in the market for a decent tubing bender

mostly for exhaust and possibly for a few bumpers

what do you guys use....what has worked and what has failed?
and which ones should i avoid
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:27 AM
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I like the hydraulic JD2 Model 3 here -- but their dies are limited to 2" (aftermarket has some 2.25" x 6" x 190*), but dies are a bit pricey.

Exhaust stuff you'll prolly wanna be able to address 2.75" tube if not a bit bigger (depending on what you're working on - the guy I use for exhaust can run up to 7", which if freakin' scary-huge)...

If I were shopping again, I'd look at die-pricing and ensure that my needs were fully addressed with vailable sizing, then definitely stay with Hydraulic operation -- the JD2 M3 is totally handy with its smaller size - I can actually carry it out to a truck and bend in-situ, which is an awesome time saver.

Of course, my personal favorite bender is someone else's that I can use for free (price is def right-on)...
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:45 AM
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Default Re: Tubing Benders

Thats a nice lookin unit.
I have used this one - http://www.princessauto.com/workshop...on-pipe-bender - to make a tower for wakebarding and it worked great. We filled the tubing with sand to get rid of kinks i guess you would call em.
I am lookin into one in future and am curious which style is better....
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Old 02-10-2011, 10:02 AM
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I dont know what your budget is but in my home shop I've got a Ben Pearson hydrolic(used of course)
Look around for muffler shops that are going out of business
http://automotiveshopequipment.net/p.../Equipment.htm
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:24 PM
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haha yeah....should've mentioned i had a budget

looking to spend around 2-300 dollars....there's always the Harbor freight option
but i was looking for something of a better quality for around the same price

not looking to open a shop...just to build a few projects of my own and maybe some to sell.
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:36 PM
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The HF unit is a pipe bender (and you'll get a gozillion posts on that :P -) ...

If you're handy with a drill-press and welder, you can fab-up a DIY bender that'll use draw-style tubing bender dies. Just a frame style bender with a bottle-jack for your hydraulic ram... You'll still run into the die-sizeing and pricing issues though - so be sure of how big you really need to go.
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:44 PM
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The HF unit is a pipe bender (and you'll get a gozillion posts on that :P -) ...

i was looking at the manual Mandrel tubing bender at HF....160 + 40 for the stand....

i've bent tubing by hand and it SUCKS....trying to avoid that lol

the pipe bender did catch my eye but i knew better....
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:10 PM
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i was looking at the manual Mandrel tubing bender at HF....160 + 40 for the stand....

i've bent tubing by hand and it SUCKS....trying to avoid that lol

the pipe bender did catch my eye but i knew better....
Ah, Gotch'a their 99736 roller... Got one of those here as well... The drive shaft is kinda weak for thick wall stuff and you may wanna add some wings to get it to roll thicker stock too. I believe that SWAG OffRoad is still making upgrade kits for the roller - I've got the SWAG drive and 1.75" dies FWIW.

Roll-forming a bend can be pretty tricky and ESPECIALLY in larger diameter tubing -- IIRC the HF roller will shap 2" tube only to a 10"CL Radius, which is really loose/wide. - and again - you may wanna be larger diameter (and a LOT smaller radius) for exhaust work.

Manual roll-forming is mostly a one-off deal (takes some practice to roll-out repeatable values for radius and included-degree), but it can be done.

I'm sure the folks over on the Miller Welding forums (Harbor Freight sub-forum) have a bunch to say and anything SWAG would say is on their site or Pirate4x4.

Guess it comes down to budget and what you're looking to do... (so, like I'm no help at all :P) -- If you were closer, I'd let ya 'test-drive' this one though...
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:03 PM
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i've been trolling Pirate for a while looking for ideas and popular tools...been very helpful
and i may even join up over there

figured i'd ask around here too to get a wider variety of opinions

for bending tubing....i'd probably never go over 3/16 - 1/4 thick 2" diameter tubing

and for exhaust....2.5" would be the biggest i would ever use
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:46 PM
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haha yeah....should've mentioned i had a budget

looking to spend around 2-300 dollars....there's always the Harbor freight optionbut i was looking for something of a better quality for around the same price

not looking to open a shop...just to build a few projects of my own and maybe some to sell.
I have the Harbor Freight one, and it bends pretty well. I've bent up to 1/4 in. wall DOM...but, it may kink a little if not filled w/ sand and capped. Pain in the ass, but it was only $20 so I cant complain
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:21 PM
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i've been trolling Pirate for a while looking for ideas and popular tools...been very helpful
and i may even join up over there

figured i'd ask around here too to get a wider variety of opinions

for bending tubing....i'd probably never go over 3/16 - 1/4 thick 2" diameter tubing

and for exhaust....2.5" would be the biggest i would ever use
Your not going to find a bender to do both. "roll cage" benders cant bend exhaust tubing and exhaust benders shouldnt be used to do structural tubing.

The max size for a traditional JD2 or Protools bender is 2" and the max wall thickness is .135, so you will be hard pressed to bend 1/4" wall 2" tube with out bending the arms on the bender.
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:10 PM
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Your not going to find a bender to do both. "roll cage" benders cant bend exhaust tubing and exhaust benders shouldnt be used to do structural tubing.

The max size for a traditional JD2 or Protools bender is 2" and the max wall thickness is .135, so you will be hard pressed to bend 1/4" wall 2" tube with out bending the arms on the bender.
thats kinda what i figured....one or the other

i would mainly use one to make tube bumpers and bull bars using DOM tubing....
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