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  • Tubing Bender

    Can anyone post some plans for a tubing bender, or even a pipe bender like a harbor freight one????

  • #2
    this place has plans for a nice bender.

    http://www.gottrikes.com/

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 6pakdakota View Post
      this place has plans for a nice bender.

      http://www.gottrikes.com/
      I'll second that. I just got the bender plans from gottrikes.com and have started fabrication in spare time. Very excellent plans at a very fair price.

      He also has a video of his bender in operation.

      Al

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      • #4
        My question in all of this would be. Are you saving any $$$ over just buying one from JD squared? Or are you building your own so you can say "I built that"? Myself I'd be farther ahead to just buy one rather than building my own that way I can get to bending and building right away. A JD squared bender is in my future additions to my tool collection.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SmokinPRanch View Post
          I'll second that. I just got the bender plans from gottrikes.com and have started fabrication in spare time. Very excellent plans at a very fair price.

          He also has a video of his bender in operation.

          Al
          Did you have to do any machining??? I dont have a lathe. Also, where did you get the dies??? I plany on using 1.75" tubing to build a roll cage.

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          • #6
            If you gotta get to work right away buying would be the way to go. There are a lot of nice benders made.

            Cost of building one depends on what material you have on hand, time available, skills, etc. For me it's just another winter project. Trying to use what I got and make it all work. No hurry.

            Anyway you go though the dies are a few bucks.

            But yeah, it's partially a "I built that" project.

            Al

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            • #7
              Whatever route you go, either homebuilt or purchased, do it with your eyes wide open. Realize that once you decide what dies you are going to use, unless you wish to build your own die sets, you will be locked into your decision due to the high price of the dies. The sellers of the benders ought to give their benders away and make up for the loss in future die sales...

              A couple of die sets will run you the price of a bender from most of the manufacturers.

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              • #8
                the gottrikes plans use pro tools 105 dies.

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                • #9
                  Yeah dies are going to be an expense for any of them unless you have access to a CNC machining center. I know a guy who has a couple of CNC machines capable of making the dies and he does quite a bit of custom die making but I will end up buying mine as I hate to bother people for favors.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by shortgoroper View Post
                    Did you have to do any machining??? I dont have a lathe. Also, where did you get the dies??? I plany on using 1.75" tubing to build a roll cage.
                    There are actually 2 versions of the bender included with the plans. One set can be built with a drill press, welder and hand tools. The other does have some bushings that are lathe fabricated.

                    Both benders do the same thing and use the same dies. A couple of convenience features with the bushings is all it seems.

                    As others have said....they sure ain't giving dies away. I still haven't bought the dies and I'm trying to come up with a way to make my own.

                    Al

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                    • #11
                      Building this roll cage is at least 6 months away... It is good to know that one set of plans can be built with a drill press, and welder.

                      I am going to call them and get a few more details and then order the plans.

                      If I am going to build the roll cage strickly from 1.75" tubing, I only need 1 die???

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by shortgoroper View Post
                        If I am going to build the roll cage strickly from 1.75" tubing, I only need 1 die???
                        Die set. Depending upon which bender you go with, it will either be two or three seperate pieces.

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                        • #13
                          Bender

                          Bought mine from American Bender. Never sorry I did. But it needed to work out of the box. Built the pedestal and mounting plate prior to it getting here. Then just punched the mounting holes trough after it arrived.

                          Their machine is hydraulic capable and the whole thing dies included for several sizes of pipe and one made special for small radius bends on stainless steel tube only cost about 1200. Paid for itself first job out as we bent a rail for a 60 foot yacht. Well worth the price and the folks at American Bender were easy to work with.

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                          • #14
                            A bender is almost next on my list too...I've been looking and looking at all the options and I always keep coming back to the UB-5 at Shop Outfitters.

                            www.shopoutfitters.com

                            They really have some nice products that I think are well worth the investment and would never consider trying to build myself.

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                            • #15
                              While Shop Outfitters has a nice universal bender, I would be looking to see whether they accepted Hossfeld dies sets. Also, looking at the Hossfeld or American bender would be an option as they would surely accept Hossfeld dies. If you are going to go the route of a universal bender, you may as well have a bender that uses the widest variety of dies on the market. To call any other bender not using the Hossfeld dies 'universal' would be stretching the truth. While anyone can call their product universal, only Hossfeld backs it up with their die inventory. Once again, decide on what you really want to do as the investment in die sets will keep you loyal to your product afterwards. That said, if you are only looking to do tube bending, Hossfeld would be well down the list for my choice as a bender, but as a universal bender it would be first in line.

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