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Author Topic:   tubing bender
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 50
posted October 12, 2005 04:36 PM  
anyone got any blueprints for a tubing bender? Ive got a pipe bender and was trying to think of a way to redesign it so it doesnt kink my tubing/. anyone tried this?

md3 Racing
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted October 12, 2005 06:18 PM  
i have seen plans for them on ebay but im not sure how much

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted October 13, 2005 07:17 AM  
This guy built his own tubing bender.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 374
posted October 13, 2005 08:43 AM  
If you already have a hydraulic shop press the easiest and cheapest way to go is buy the bending dies from speedway or mid america tool and use your hyd. press by making a roller for the shoe out of a couple bearings. That said I built my own bender entirely including the dies but it was a VERY labor intensive job and required a large lathe and special tooling. And it works GREAT! I made my own blueprints from a pro tools ratchet bender.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 24
posted October 20, 2005 07:20 PM  
Speedway motors sells a bender for $439 with one set of dies works very well.

redneck racing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 860
posted October 21, 2005 11:55 AM  
Got mine on sale at Harbor Freight, and it seems to work just fine. Eddie

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 34
posted October 21, 2005 12:54 PM  
I built one of my own and it works great. It is a copy of a store bought unit where you have to keep movig the jaw for each bend. I even have the prints that I made in dwg. format if you have access to autocad. Let me know and I will see if I can put it on here as an attachment.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 113
posted October 22, 2005 06:49 PM  
I built a variation of the blind chicken bender. It works real well. Just buy the die set from Pro Tools and lay out on the floor just like the guy from BCR said. I made mine from square tubing. I did not want to cut the slot in the 1/4 plate. Plus I had the tubing on hand. Pro charges 400 for the bender frame MINUS the dies. You can build your own for much less. Pipe benders are the tool every one buys before they buy an actual tubing bender. I actually used the jack from my pipe bender/tubing kinker on my homemade bender.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted October 23, 2005 08:25 AM  
We bought one of those 4 die deals and bought the air over hydralic pump and the hose from harbor freight.We ended up with about $900 in it.BEST MONEY WE EVER SPENT.ford5 on here can tell you about them send him a p.m. they are high quality units that come with video and the bend it program.Which by the way saves tubing by the foot,would not build a cage without one.I repeat would not build a cage without one!!!!I even got an old computer to put in the garage to set it up on so we could do a cage right there and save it.

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted November 02, 2005 05:03 PM  
What is the identification of this ebay guy with the 4 die deal? More info please.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 43
posted November 02, 2005 07:00 PM  
Hey sideways, do you have the part numbers from harbor freight??? I checked the web site and all they show is a "PIPE" bender. I know that won't work for tubing cause of the different O.D. size of tubing and pipe.
Thanks, Dave


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