OK so I bought this really nice bender (JD2 model 3) and some 1 inch and 1 and 1/2inch dies and plan on bending and welding some 6061 T6 aluminum tube into some really cool stuff (four wheeler racks, boat rails etc.) I live in Alaska and got a price quote on some 1 inch tube 1/8th inch wall, and some 1 1/2 inch tube 3/16ths inch wall, that I think is fair. I have to buy about 600 bucks worth to come out on the deal though, so my question is, is this a good material for general construction and bending purposes? I see alot of stuff for four wheelers is made from it and some pretty tight bends? Should I go for it? I heard and read, 6061 T6 doesnt like to bend but I really dont believe that because of all the stuff made out of it. I love welding it just never bent it. Thanks for any input.
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6061 T6 Aluminum Bending