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11-27-2004, 08:14 PM
Im looking for a good tubing bender.Any ideas?? Can one be made?
Would like a mandrel type. Thanks for your help
11-27-2004, 08:45 PM
Mark, that question is being discussed here http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2109.................john
11-27-2004, 09:48 PM
Hot Rod Mike
11-28-2004, 06:39 PM
I purchased a tubing bender from JD Squared (www.jd2.com) out of Florida. IT will set you back 400 to 500 bucks, depending on options. I thought it was worth it as I believe it would be easy to resell some time down the road. I did a lot of experimenting & bending different tubes before I arrived @ what I feel was the optimum design for an X member for my 33 Ford Hot Rod. I used 1.75 OD by .090 wall DOM tubing & bent it by hand !!! Once you get the hang of it, it is relatively easy & repeatable.
Good Luck !!!
11-29-2004, 08:04 PM
Some equipment is more cost and time efficient to buy rather than build. The basic JD Squared model 3 unit will work just fine. They have a good selection of dies and follow bars to bend from .5" to 2" and in different radius.
Tube bending by hand is slow but can be of quality and repeatable if you take the time to learn the equipment and set up right. I'll offer any tips I know if you go that route. And I'm sure help would be on this site from other Metalmeet members.
11-29-2004, 08:21 PM
:lol: Thanks guys for the replies.
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