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MadDog
12-04-2009, 1:40 AM
I am trying to figure out a reasonable tube bender.

I've seen this one at Harbor Flake:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/photos/32800-32899/32888.gif
and this one from JD squared:
http://www.jd2.com/images/M3B_Bender1_rs.jpg
and I have heard about people making their own.

Any one have experience and advice?

NeoDutch
12-04-2009, 2:02 AM
If you're building gates for cattle yards, then the pipe bender shown first will do. If you want to build a frame, then you need a rotary draw tube bender like the one pictured second.

Pantsbeer
12-04-2009, 4:15 AM
I can look but I just might have some plans for building your own.

Zooligan
12-04-2009, 6:59 AM
http://www.chopperhandbook.com/neatstuff/Hossfeld.zip
http://www.chopperhandbook.com/neatstuff/JD2-Bender.zip
http://www.chopperhandbook.com/neatstuff/CBH-Bender.zip

and while you're building things:

http://www.chopperhandbook.com/neatstuff/cbh-notcher.htm

CreepyJack13
12-04-2009, 8:24 AM
I have the JD Squared version of the draw tube type bender. It works.

The only real drag about any bender is the fact that you have to have different dies for different tube diameters and bend radii, so have an entire collection of dies can be really expensive. Other than that, very handy to have around.

imtheslime
12-04-2009, 8:45 AM
Here are some videos of some sweet home made and store bought benders.
I have the harbor freight rotary type, not very good, probably really blows for dom and similar but have not tried.
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=home+made+tubing+benders&search_type=&aq=f
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tubing+benders&search_type=&aq=f

CabritoLoco
12-04-2009, 9:49 AM
there's this thing i bet you could build for a little bit of nothing...

http://www.thefont.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/bikes/tube_bender.htm

Toecutterp
12-04-2009, 9:59 AM
JD all day long

Markee
12-04-2009, 1:04 PM
JD all day long

Agreed. Best bang for the buck out.

I've built that tubing notcher that chopperhandbook (Gary) made and is so so. The entire method of couping tube with the sliding shaft on roller bearings is just shit to me. Any amount of slop can cause a nasty bit causing bits and arms to break!

philbey
12-04-2009, 11:18 PM
Yeh I was thinking of building one of the notchers as well, i'm guessing the better the holesaw you buy (cast body ones with carbide/hss inserts) the easier it'd be to use.

specialseventynine
12-06-2009, 12:43 PM
Yup, JD2 Model 3 bender is a great piece of equipment. Different size dies are expensive, but just buy them as you need them.

Markee
12-06-2009, 9:38 PM
Yeh I was thinking of building one of the notchers as well, i'm guessing the better the holesaw you buy (cast body ones with carbide/hss inserts) the easier it'd be to use.

You got a example of these? I've made adapters to use mag drill bits

philbey
12-06-2009, 10:12 PM
On the topic of Benders, I was thinking of buying one of these units for bending up sissy bars and so on out of Rod. Anyone else used them?

http://www.bikudo.com/photo_stock/560863.jpg

Markee
12-06-2009, 10:21 PM
On the topic of Benders, I was thinking of buying one of these units for bending up sissy bars and so on out of Rod. Anyone else used them?

http://www.bikudo.com/photo_stock/560863.jpg

Yes i own the second from the top, right column. But use it for soft metal tubing, like copper, al, or brass. Brass has to be annealed to work proper. But the hand bender is for small OD stuff like 3/8 and below.

Now maybe you could do a steel tubing sissy, but it would have to be a pretty damn good one to bend 1/2 tubing.

If you like making things like sissy bars and other parts that use solid stock. Can ever go wrong with a oxy/acc torch set up. Its priceless in many ways.

philbey
12-06-2009, 10:49 PM
I'd imagine these tube benders should be able to handle 3/8 solid bar stock though? Maybe with a 4ft extension on the handle!

Markee
12-06-2009, 10:52 PM
Maybe, would call the folks that make it and see what the specs are.

FlyinHawaiian
12-07-2009, 1:00 PM
I am trying to figure out a reasonable tube bender.

I've seen this one at Harbor Flake:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/photos/32800-32899/32888.gif
and this one from JD squared:
http://www.jd2.com/images/M3B_Bender1_rs.jpg
and I have heard about people making their own.

Any one have experience and advice?

That first bender is a "pipe" bender. I have one , it is good for gas pipe, water pipe , you know , that black pipe from Lowe's or Home Depot, schedule 40 pipe , but not for "tubing", it will flatten tubing out. That JD2, or anything like that is the shit for bending tube. Like dude said, the dies are very expensive, like $150-$200 for a set, I think..

Toecutterp
12-07-2009, 1:07 PM
I thought those small ones were for fuel and brake lines

tat2bugz
12-07-2010, 7:55 AM
if you have a friend in construction.....an electrician...a greenlee conduit bender for larger diameter conduit is perfect...it sets on the floor it has a great bending capability.....and the shoes are easily changed out...each shoes has like 3 sizes.....1/2"-1-1/4....1-1/14...-2"....the benders arent real expensive...but a freebie is a freebie