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  • building a tubing bender

    I would like to make my own tubing bender.....I found these plans.....Watcha think?

    http://www.gottrikes.com/Tube_Bender.htm


    ......also here are some othere made.

    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...+tubing+bender

  • #2
    There is much discussion on this subject.I came across this not too long ago.Its the best detailed plans and gives all the part numbers needed to build it and its free.I priced the parts to build it,and believe it would be about $1,000. http://reference.toolandfab.com/writ...page/index.htm

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    • #3
      ****.....that's a nice writeup! I am only intrested in the manual ratchet style, which would be much cheaper!

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      • #4
        Advice from a tool junky...tubing benders and cheap don't go hand in hand.

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        • #5
          I built 3 of these, 2 for me and 1 for my buddy. But the factory die prices are high. I just make what i need...Bob
          http://www.kinzers.com/don/MachineTools/bender/

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          • #6
            I think by the time you get done purchasing .materials and time plus machinery needed to build alot of this stuff...you can't beat a jd2 at 295 or so......now if you get material for free and have nothing but time what the heck. Just my 2 Cents .....Jim

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            • #7
              Originally posted by uhohjim View Post
              I think by the time you get done purchasing .materials and time plus machinery needed to build alot of this stuff...you can't beat a jd2 at 295 or so......now if you get material for free and have nothing but time what the heck. Just my 2 Cents .....Jim
              X2 on this. you have to value your time spent chasing down material, cutting and drilling the arms and such. Now you can really save yourself some money if you can fab your on dies and followers.

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              • #8
                jd2 is a awesome bender!hard to beat em for the money. ive made a couple of copies of it.All parts are laser cut and exact copies.im looking to sell them.

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                • #9
                  Shop Outfitters makes a nice bender too. It seems to be very similar but yet different from something like the JD2. I wish someone would be able to tell me why you might chose one over the other. I've read everything there is on both of those but can't seem to get the answer.

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                  • #10
                    Shop Outfitters makes a nice bender too. It seems to be very similar but yet different from something like the JD2. I wish someone would be able to tell why you might chose one over the other though, I've read everything there is on both of those but can't seem to figure out the answer.

                    OOPs....accidental double post!
                    Last edited by GB2; 03-17-2009, 05:18 PM. Reason: Accidental double post

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                    • #11
                      here is a different style of bender that you might try to copy.
                      http://www.lowbucktools.com/hydbender.html

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 1428turbo View Post
                        jd2 is a awesome bender!hard to beat em for the money. ive made a couple of copies of it.All parts are laser cut and exact copies.im looking to sell them.
                        That sounds like it might head you towards some legal issues!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by GB2 View Post
                          Shop Outfitters makes a nice bender too. It seems to be very similar but yet different from something like the JD2. I wish someone would be able to tell me why you might chose one over the other. I've read everything there is on both of those but can't seem to get the answer.
                          If I'm not mistaken the follow bar on the Shop Outfitters bender is a roller, as opposed to the style of die on the JD2 model. I've heard that the roller style did not perform as well as the other, leading to more distortion in the bending radius.

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                          • #14
                            just looked up the JD bender and that JD32 looks nice for $375.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by nocheepgas View Post
                              That sounds like it might head you towards some legal issues!
                              Maybe, but most of the bender designs out there were taken from the original Hossfeld bender which appears to now be in the public domain through the expiration of the original patent. For the small amount saved buying a pirated copy it would make more sense instead just to fabricate one of your own design from the number of plans and articles out there on the Internet if saving money was a top priority. Benders are cheap, whether manufactured or fabricated, the dies are where the companies make their money. Personal opinion, but if I were one of the bender companies and you wished to buy an exact copy of the bender I built from someone else I would be quite happy with your choice knowing the dies sales were coming.

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