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Author Topic:   Where to buy tubing bender? / used ones??
BrianW
Member
posted September 08, 2003 10:01 PM
Looking for recomendations on where to buy a tubing bender or where I might look to buy a used one???

Has anyone used the one from "Mid American Equipment" advertised in Circle Track or on e-bay? Seems to be the best priced for the 4 dies and an air over hydraulic pump...

HRT187
Member
posted September 09, 2003 10:52 PM
I'm interested in that company as well.


ford5
Member
posted September 10, 2003 06:53 AM
i have that one.it works fantastic, payed 650 for it brand new i think, that was less the air\hydraulic pump


15a
Member
posted September 10, 2003 02:43 PM
quote:
Originally posted by 15a:
[B]I purchased one several months ago but have not used it yet. I bought the air/hydraulic foot pump option.[B]


How much was it with the air/hydraulic pump?? was shipping expensive on it?


66jj
Member
posted September 10, 2003 03:46 PM
Ive had that one for several years. I use the foot pump.

total with shipping was around 850.00

Its sweet, I used a hand one before that you had to keep pulling a reseting the pin, it could go 180 but who needs that really anyways.



ford5
Member
posted September 10, 2003 05:44 PM
you can buy the foot pump seperatly from either northern hydraulics or harbor freight for as low as 119.95


reitan10
Member
posted September 10, 2003 05:48 PM
"EZ-Bend" is what I have and it works great. You get 4 dies (1",1 1/4", 1 1/2", 1 3/4")it comes with air hydraulic pump for about $800, which I would recommend or with out air hydraulic pump $650. There phone is 563-386-5200. Made in Davenport, IA 52806. Have built many cages with it and had no problems.


CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
Member
posted September 10, 2003 11:39 PM
I wouldnt buy a used bender no matter what the price unless you know it hasnt been used much for the fact most builders dump their benders every so often because the dies and bender wear out from frequent use. I have a Hossfeld copy and love it easy to use. I have had expierence with the EZ bend type benders and they are ok for for ocasional use but the Hossfeld type is much easier to work with if your going to be using a bender alot.


1limitedmod
Member
posted September 11, 2003 12:10 AM
its close to $2,000 without dies then the dies are about $200 each plus hydraulics if you want them.


tilley88
Member
posted September 11, 2003 01:43 AM
I built my own, copying the Lowbuck/Speedway bender. I've built several cars since then(safe and fast). Dies are available from both companies. I built the bender for roughly $75. The dies cost $225-$250 including shipping.


BrianW
Member
posted September 11, 2003 12:20 PM
Has anyone used one of the Greenlee benders?? A guy that used to do electrical work has one and said it bends tubing up to 2" - steel dies too (not cast aluminum) It looks a lot like the MidAmerican one except it uses a single roller pin at the "bottom" for the flat piece to roll agains.


66jj
Member
posted September 11, 2003 04:54 PM
greenlees dies are I.D.

you can make a spacer out of some tubing but it doesnt work well.

also the radius is way too large also for anything decent.

Rick D
Member
posted September 12, 2003 12:36 PM
quote:
Originally posted by BrianW:
Has anyone used one of the Greenlee benders?? A guy that used to do electrical work has one and said it bends tubing up to 2" - steel dies too (not cast aluminum) It looks a lot like the MidAmerican one except it uses a single roller pin at the "bottom" for the flat piece to roll agains.

The green lee is a PIPE bender, not a tubing bender. It works great if you are bending thick water pipe, but doesn't work well on racecar tubing.


BrianW
Member
posted September 13, 2003 03:19 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Rick D:
The green lee is a PIPE bender, not a tubing bender. It works great if you are bending thick water pipe, but doesn't work well on racecar tubing.

Well, I know that they make pipe benders, but I'm thinking of a model 782 - the PDF info is located here: (gotta scroll down to page 17) http://198.247.193.8/wwwroot/greenlee/bending.pdf

It says it's a tubing bender - Will that one work?


ncsmod3
Member
posted September 15, 2003 05:42 PM
I have a bender from PRO Tools. Nice bender. go to PROTOOLS.com or look in the mags in the back ad's.