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Old 03-10-2011, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default Tubing / pipe bender...I need from .5"-3"

I'm having trouble finding a tubing bender under $1000 that can do a wide range of bends. What are you guys using? I will be doing everything from exhaust to rollcages so I need a bender that is versatile. I'm not looking for a hydraulic unit or at least not yet.

I liked this one but it only does up to 2.5"




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using that for exhaust will collapse the tubing
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^yeah I figured with the wall thickness being soooo thin. I guess I'll have to out source that
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:53 PM   #4
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always wondered if this could used for anything:



Maybe if you fill the inside with sand or ball bearings the tube won't collapse
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dont even waste your time.
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:44 PM   #6
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JD2 and be done with it. Its all we use. if you can spring the coin get the hydraulic setup. makes the repeatability and overall speed much nicer.
Check CL in your area. sometimes you can find some used ones cheap.
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I have nothing but great things to say about my JD2 Model 32.
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i have the protools HD unit and love it. have dies from 1" to 1.75 for doing cages. also did the cheap 90buck HF hydro conversion and that makes it sooo much easier bending tube.

and as said above, you will not be doing exhaust with it, you need a whole different type of bender for that.

and that HF bender, if you get creative it can work, but i would really only use it for making tube bumpers and sliders and such, not for an actual cage, as the dies are made for pipe size and not tubing.
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yeah its def a no-go on the exhaust. lol I was a little misinformed. I'm almost sold on the model 32 but I'm still checking out protools stuff. They are running a killer special right now. I like the idea of the hydro but not just for starting out not too much coin left for my tig welder.


thanx for the info guys. I appreciate the help
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I have solidworks files for the jd2 unit.
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not too much coin left for my tig welder.


thanx for the info guys. I appreciate the help

I have a miller syncrwave 200 thinking about selling it for an everlast combo machine. ac/dc tig, stick, plasma cutter all in one for about $1700. Check out the reviews, people like them almost as much as miller/lincoln inverters.
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^yeah I'll prolly end up getting a combo machine. I already have a plasma cutter so its really just down to price and reviews.
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I have solidworks files for the jd2 unit.

are you offering or bragging?
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offering.........but its only worth it if you have a hook up on laser/waterjet or machining.
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