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Old 04-13-2008, 10:26 PM
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Default New Shop built tubing bender

I own several different tubing benders, but I have not owned a mandrel type until now. It is not so much that I could not justify, or afford a factory bender. I just wanted to build one. As it turned out, pretty cheap, and works well, I think I accomplished my goals. The bulk of the frame material are frame rail sections from a John Deere tractor. It took me a couple of trys to hit the sweet spot for leverage, but I added metal until I got it right. I have been bending 1 3/4 ths inch tubing with a .120 wall to a 90 degree bend in one shot with a HF air over hydro ram. So far so good. Not bad for around 200 bucks. I know it doesn't look like much, but it works well.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:30 PM
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Man... that is a serious lookin' piece of machinery!!! Can't wait to see something u made with it!

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Old 04-13-2008, 10:35 PM
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:31 PM
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Man... that is a serious lookin' piece of machinery!!! Can't wait to see something u made with it!

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Yes it is very serious! When you build something, then stand back as far as you can when you run it the first time, it is serious. The HREW tubing I am bending is pretty tuff stuff. But so is the 5/8 plate on both sides of the ram.
I have a few outside jobs to do, a rear bumper on my old desert runner, for the new owner, and a full cage for a Jeep buggy. Pictures when I do... I know.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:31 AM
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Nice! Just be careful it doesn't tip on ya. Looks heavy
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:05 AM
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That is one serious piece of equipment for sure. Nice job.

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Old 04-14-2008, 10:47 AM
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Really cool piece of equipment Bonehead. Nice job.
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:37 PM
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Working with metal is so much fun because you can build stuff that builds stuff. Yep, it is heavy and about 6 feet tall on its stand. I used the overhead hoist to pick it up and move it around while I was building it. But it stands great on its own now.
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:59 PM
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That looks great bone head ,now if you could come up with a way to make the dies ???Thats kinda whats got me stumped right now?
That definatly looks like some serious hard working equipment!
Are you building any new rats for yourself right now? Like to see some new pics!
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Is there a group of us that dreams of tools just as much as vehicles? I wish I had every tool under the sun. I keep building my collection as I go.

I like the bender.
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