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zeroracing
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posted February 09, 2004 11:12 AM  
i am looking to get a good tubing bender. i dont want to waste money but i dont want junk. what do you guys recomend to get?
which ones have you had good luck with. i am thinking about the ez bend 90 with 4 dies from poske for $695. anybody have this one?

Ego Racing
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posted February 09, 2004 11:34 AM  
Hey! We have a 14 year old william lowbuck manual bender and would not trade it. They do not sell them any more but the US Tool bender is exactly the same, the best is it uses steel dies so they will never wear out or break. We had an older one with the aluminum dies and ended up breaking a few sets, they didn't like moly tube at all, and you could forget about the thicker tube on them. They may have gotten better now but once bitten twice shy. You can get a bender with 1 3/4 dies in 6 inch or 7 inch radi bends for about $450. Extra dies are about $100 to $180 a set.

Ego Racing
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posted February 09, 2004 11:37 AM  
The Pro Tools one is also a good peice. I have been to there shop and looked at one and it is very well made. I would opt for the Heavy Duty model though.

NYhick
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posted February 24, 2004 06:18 PM  
I am also in the market for a bender and have been checking around. I have seen the ones in northern tool and some on ebay that are 12 ton benders with several dies for around $150. Are these junk? I notice you all are saying around $500- $600 and here I was thinking I could get away with about $200. I am basically only going to be bending up bumpers for my street stock so figured I didnt need to get into the pricey stuff. Should I avoid these cheaper models and suck it up and get a better one? Now ya got me thinkin......

Ego Racing
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posted February 24, 2004 07:26 PM  
Those benders are for pipe no matter what they say about them. The crush type benders (like those you are looking at) will cause wrinkles it the tube that will weaken the tube and cause it to collapse on impact.

snowman
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posted February 25, 2004 06:53 PM  
Zero, If you are going to be building alot of cars, I think the Hossfeld is the best. It will cost quite a bit more but it is worth it.

The Pro tools bender will do a nice job,but it is harder and more time consuming to use.
I was talking to a forum member awhile back about it. He got a much better price from US Tool and Die......and the benders are very similar.....

NYhick, The bender you are talking about is garbage. You would be far better off to opt for a better bender.

Good Luck,
snowman

CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
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posted February 25, 2004 11:16 PM  
Hossfeld or similar is the best by far bender to use if your gonna build alot of cars. All of those cheaper benders like everyone has been talking about do a good job but are a bit more time consuming to use.

Those harbor freight,northern benders are for pipe and not tubing and they wont work for bending tubing, will crush it cause they are for id of pipe not od of tubing.

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URDUSTED
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posted March 23, 2004 08:31 PM  
Has anyone used the one out of Speedway? $439.95 with one set of dies.

tilley88
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posted March 25, 2004 09:05 PM  
Yeah, I built my own copying the Speedway/Lowbuck Tools bender. Works very well.

pforsythe
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posted April 23, 2004 08:36 AM  
I have the EZ Bender with the air pedal option. I have been happy with it so far. I have made new door bars for both sides of the car and have been pretty close in duplication of angles. I use a magnetic angle finder on the tubing and I can repeat bends pretty "EZ". So far-so good. Someone posted to keep the welded seam up if using that type of tubing so I do. I would buy this bender again.
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racer17j
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posted May 02, 2004 12:32 PM  
has anybody priced the dies themself? i have an old 25 ton press i was thinking about making into a bender since we don't use it for anythign else

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