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stewaj01
Dirt Roller

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posted September 14, 2004 03:46 PM  
Does anybody know where I can get plans for a tubing bender?

racer17j
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posted September 14, 2004 05:17 PM  
where do you find tools like this on ebay?

gould
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posted September 14, 2004 06:36 PM  
www.trick-tools.com

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racer17j
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posted September 14, 2004 07:53 PM  
thanks 17j.......later

powerglides
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posted September 15, 2004 05:06 AM  
I built my own, including the dies. (Pro tools ratchet type) I was a lot of time on the lathe but saved me about $900. I just made prints from a friends bender.

longracing25
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 217
posted October 12, 2004 11:52 PM  
Does anybody try to use those cheap pipe benders you find at the traveling tool sales...for around $80. I was going to buy one...but somebody told me not to waste my money.

FlyNLoIMCA17
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posted October 13, 2004 12:00 AM  
Good question, I seen one at Harbor Freight Tools for like $160 and it says its for all automotive uses, I think it is a 16 ton. I thought about buying one of those but I'm afraid to. I can't afford a $700 bender, kinda like I need a sheet metal brake, but not a $1000 one. I figure this winter I'll try to build my own brake. Just for bending race car sheet metal anyways. I would love to have a bender it would make cages and bumpers sooooo much easier but like I said I'm not giving $700 for one.

Whitelightning
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posted October 13, 2004 02:52 AM  
I have one of the harbor freight deals and it is not good for the main cage it will tend to fold/colapse the pipe. However I tried to bend some light weight tubing is when it does this. When bending heavier tubing it does not seem to do this as bad. I love mine because it will get u by for making bumpers and such but for the main cage not really. It is really worth the price.

hobby10k
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 226
posted October 13, 2004 05:25 AM  
I did get one of those cheap tuning benders at the tool sales and they are no good for building cage or anything over a 45 deg bend because they kink the tube rather than get a good bend. did use it for some front end bars.

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juliaferrell
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posted October 13, 2004 09:40 AM  
What if you fill the tube full of sand first?

Istock66
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posted October 13, 2004 05:22 PM           send a private message to juliaferrell   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/QuoteBBBBBB
They are pipe benders.

pipe is sized I.D.

tubeing is sized O.D

thats the problem!!!!!

racer17j
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posted October 15, 2004 03:54 PM  
I just picked up a nice tubing bender with the 4 die set-up off racers auction for $550.
I got it from tcracecars (Tom Clise). It's new with video and even a computer program for calculating bends. I don't know if it was a one time deal or what. You just have to keep your eyes open. Their web site is www.tcracecars.com if you want to check them out.

kmongo
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 21
posted October 20, 2004 08:25 AM  
Any one ever use the the bender that speedway motors has. Its the stand up hydraulic bender and comes with your choice of 1 Dies for $439.95 Thanks Kevin

GO 24
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posted October 20, 2004 09:41 AM  
Istock66 hit it right on the head, the PIPE bender really won't work on anything race related (that I can think of)----I'll sell ya mine for $50 plus shipping......it's only bent/kinked a couple of feet of tubing since we bought it.
We broke down and bought one just like the one on the E-Bay link (with a tape, 5 dies, and a roller stand) and converted it over to an air/hydralic pedal. We've bent a ton of tubing with it and besides the brake it's one of my most used tools in the shop!

racer17j
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posted October 20, 2004 09:29 PM  
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Originally posted by STREET16:
I just picked up a nice tubing bender with the 4 die set-up off racers auction for $550.
I got it from tcracecars (Tom Clise). It's new with video and even a computer program for calculating bends. I don't know if it was a one time deal or what. You just have to keep your eyes open. Their web site is www.tcracecars.com if you want to check them out.


He is out at the moment,price is $695.So you got one whale of a deal!

Champ2x36
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 29
posted January 09, 2005 06:46 PM  
This guy has plans for a tubing bender that you build yourself, gives the supplier where you can buy the dies to fit it.
http://dunebuggyplans.com/

Ed

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GARYAL
Dirt Forum Racer

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posted January 10, 2005 07:24 AM  
on the using a pipe bender for bending tubing. i have one of the harber freight 12 ton benders. while you cannot use it size for size most tubings will work in a smaller mandral. using sand really helps. i got kind of lucky and found an odball out there. a set of metric mandrals it helps match the sizes a little closer.
Some tricks I have picked up for using pipe benders for tube. 1) use sand if the bend is more than about 45^ or if the tube is thin wall. 2) always go with the smaller mandral the larger one will let it crush. 3)go slow it seams to bend better the slower you go. 4) be prepared to have a few bends go bad its just part of doing it yourself.

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