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shaggy12
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted September 09, 2002 09:07 PM  
I just can't seem to muscle the price that alot of companies are selling these manual or hyd. tube benders for!!!!! Anybody attempted to build one or have seen one home built??? I know...I know........Harbor has one for about 80.00 or so but it's really not made for "tube bending". It is actually designed for "pipe bending"....which is alot thicker wall than we need! I.E. black wall. Also, anybody out there building a tube chassis or already have????? I need a few pointers...can you help?? Thanks

CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
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Total posts: 1172
posted September 19, 2002 11:48 PM  
Min price bender for a hobbiest to use for a chassis or two and some repair parts is going to cost close to a $1,000. If you get anything cheaper you may wind up with something you unhapy with . I have a Hossfeld copy bender with 4 sets of dies and its hydraulic.

mwmod34
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 39
posted September 21, 2002 06:17 AM  
weve built 3 benders 1 is a hosfield copy, the other 2 are vert. benders all are hydraulic. the reason we built 2 verts, our first one had a hard time with cro moly tubing over 1 1/8" .095 for 1 1/4 you had to help it get started then it would continue on its own

RaceDoctor
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 55
posted September 21, 2002 11:11 AM  
Pro Tools in Florida has a mechanical ratchet bender for under 300 $. IT can be converted to hyd but it's not necessary unless you are bending Moly. I've had one in my chassis shop for 3 yrs, it works .095 great. The die are available from 1" to 2", they range from 100$ to 250$. CHeck them out at their web site, www.Pro-Tools.com

99modfan
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted September 23, 2002 04:58 PM  
I also have a pro tools bender and they work great. Make sure you buy the degree wheel or better yet, get a bend protractor from mittler brothers. They are a huge time saver.

BK19
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 477
posted September 23, 2002 05:59 PM  
check out E-Z bend it is made near here in the Quad Cities eastern iowa, i have one, they are great, 650 bucks, 4 dies,. i can post phone number if anyone is interested, hydraulic bender

outlawstock17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1363
posted September 23, 2002 06:52 PM  
i bought my bender from U.S. Tool & Die in tampa, fl. it's $259 + dies. the dies are $100+. it's a manual bender, but it works nice. you can find their ad in the back of circle track magazine.

fast19
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 26
posted October 14, 2002 04:07 PM  
I built my own, made my own dies on a lathe and mill,and use a used hydraulic unit from a truck liftgate ($50) to power a hydraulic cylinder ($50) I have used for 10 years and bent tube for many racers. Let me know if I can help...
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martnracn_91
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 113
posted October 18, 2002 02:40 PM  
What part of il. are you from?

bbchs
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted October 20, 2002 09:50 AM  
Here is a site I found, he shows how to build one. www.blindchickenracing.com/tools/Tube%20Bender/Tubingbender.htm


good luck...Chuck

powerglides
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 374
posted October 30, 2002 01:35 PM  
I also built my own. Just took a buddies ratchet bender and copied it. It is a lot of work but it works great, less than .070 distortion on 13/4" .095 wall.

66jj
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 823
posted November 17, 2002 04:21 PM  
I BOUGHT ONE AS ADVERTISED IN THE BACK OF ALL THE MAGAZINES, IT COMES WITH 4 DIES, 1,1.25,1.50, AND 1.75 ITS A HYDRAULIC WITH FOOT CONTROL AND BENDS VERTICALLY, SO ALL YOU NEED IS A MAGNETIC ANGLE FINDER TO MEASURE ANGLES, IT WORKS GREAT...

IT WAS 810.00 INCLUDING ALL DIES AND SHIPPING TO MY DOOR.................

DIES FOR A MECHANICAL RATCHET ONE WILL COST YOU THAT.


madmodshoe
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 195
posted November 17, 2002 09:54 PM  
for all to know
Which place did you get that from?

jammin
Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 6243
posted November 17, 2002 09:59 PM  
I GOT THE BENDER WITH 4 DIES, FROM
MID AMERICAN EQUIP, ITS A GREAT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT.

563-386-5200

tilley88
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 879
posted December 07, 2002 10:24 PM  
A friend of mine bought one from Lowbuck Tools (same as Speedway's) and I copied it. Bought my own die($250 after shipping) and used Grade 8 bolts in place of the roll pins. Spent a total of $310. It makes awesome bends.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted December 08, 2002 06:05 PM  
BUYING THE 4 DIES COSTS MORE THAN THE WHOLE HYD BENDER I BOUGHT DELIVERED WITH 4 DIES AND A FOOT CONTROL...

CALL THEM # IS ABOVE.

CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
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Total posts: 1172
posted December 13, 2002 08:56 AM  
I would say buy the Mid American bender if your gonna do a chassis here and there and repairs but if your gonna do cars on a regular bassis it is hard to beat the Hossfeld type bender like what i have.

[This message has been edited by CUSTOMPERFORMANCE (edited December 13, 2002).]

sixwillwin
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 493
posted December 13, 2002 09:21 AM  
I got the one from L&T manu. Its the one that Jammin linked to several posts above this one. It has 4 CNC alum dies, very nice, about the same as the Mid Am one and you do NOT need a pump like the Mid Am one. It comes with it all. $650 or so.

66jj
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 823
posted December 13, 2002 06:23 PM  
that L&T bender is the same as mid amer. i have. it comes with a manual hand pump, your gonna want the hyd, one for sure... they want 200 for it at L&T and its 150 from mid amer. i bet you can get the hyd control even cheaper on harbor frt.com...

has anyone used the L&T bead roller, i have a manual cheap one and theres looks great for 320.00...

jeff

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