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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 40
posted January 24, 2002 04:09 PM
Thinking about buying a pipe bender to make some better rollbar and door bars.

Was wondering if anybody has used the pipe bender from Habor Frieght or Northern Tool. They run about $99.00.

Low buck tools has one but it is $300.00 plus.

Wanted to get something that works fairly well.

Have been using the old method of heating it up and bending it around a tree - ha ha


redneck bubbas racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 213
posted January 25, 2002 12:38 AM
OK, heres what ya looking for. The bender from Harbor works pretty good. You have to remember that its a pipe bender, not a tubing bender. If you buy tubing it will not fit the sleeves correctly and kink. 1" pipe works real good in it. The 1 1/4 that you most likely be using (it has outside dia. of 1.666) doesnt work so well. You can't make real sharp bends with it. I have never tried it with a little heat added though so maybe that would help.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted January 25, 2002 01:31 AM UIN: 54865418
old man are you looking at the bottle jack type or the manual type i seen they had the benchtop manual one in harbor for like $50 with the dies we used a manual bender to make our first few cars till we finaly got a good power one we still use the manual for seat brackets i might get one for home so i can have my own

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 40
posted January 25, 2002 11:49 AM
I was in luck - I was reading a local paper and saw one of those traveling tool sales going on in town and they had advertised a 12 ton pipe bender for 70.00 bucks - same as the one northern is selling. So I went buy there today and bought one. If it doesn't work for the roll bars I'll use it to make my brackets and seat bars etc...

I'll let you know how it works out.

They also had a 4ton porta power for $50.00 - picked up one of those too.

If anybody else is interested they have a website at - The site will give a schedule of where the sales are going to be.


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