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    Has anyone built a bender along the lines of the one described in the book,
    " How to make a metal-bending machine". R.D. Mann.
    Design seems heavy enough, 1/2"x 3" flat bar with 1" pins. Doesn't show much in the way of dies or accessories but I feel most of those shown in Craft Print 272
    (Heavy-Duty Metal Bender) could be utilized if made of heavier material.
    Google: Heavy-Duty Hosfield Type Metal Bender Plans
    (Plans are available on Ebay)
    Last edited by R W; 07-23-2012, 05:18 AM.

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    Why pay for plans as they are free here. http://www.kinzers.com/don/MachineTools/bender/ Just build to suit. I made 3 of them...Bob
    Bob Wright

    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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    • #3
      Metal Bending Machine.

      Metal master I have the prints already in hard copy from that site. I just haven't had the time to build it yet.

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      • #4
        While the Hossfeld type bender is an easy enough fabrication for most, the dies are much less so. Nothing in the die construction is all that complicated, but most don't have access to a mill or lathe. So...unless you feel like roughing out the dies with a cutting torch, roughing them to further perfection with an angle grinder (or a file if you're of the mascochist persuasion) and following that up with more grinder/sander/file work to reach the pinnacle of fit and finish just prior to hard facing the dies, it may be best to find another style bender.

        Here is where DiAcro comes into the picture. While the die sets you'll need to fabricate won't be a bushel and a peck easier, they will be somewhat easier to fabricate. For an easy build, you'll still need the mill and/or lathe. Hard facing after completion of the die shaping is just as important, but as with the Hossfeld die sets...you can leave that step out is you so choose.The Di-Acro style universal bender is also a simpler to fabricate design. Sure there is more lay-out, but once laid-out it more or less a matter of drilling a butt load of holes more than one would do on the Hossfeld. Now this is a guess, but as the Di-Acro benders have been on the market for a good long time, the design should be public domain like the Hossfeld clones. Always meant to pick up a gear box side cover while down at the local scrap yard, but time and the weight seemed to agree with my laziness. The perimeter holes would have already been drilled, the side covers were more than thick enough (might be where my laziness came into the picture) and most of the rest of the basic bender is just a progression of more holes drilled and some flat plate and bar. I may have to head down to the scrap yard yet and pick up the makings of a retirement project...

        Last edited by WyoRoy; 08-11-2012, 10:56 AM. Reason: Broken link the first time around...
        Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
        Miller DialArc 250
        Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
        Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
        Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
        Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
        South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
        Logan 7" shaper
        Ellis 3000 band saw
        Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
        Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
        3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
        Lots of dust bunnies
        Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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        • #5
          I always wanted a DiAcro but they were pretty pricey even used. I did spend some time in the DiAcro factory when it was in Canton Ohio a few years back...Bob
          Bob Wright

          Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
          http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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          • #6
            Originally posted by aametalmaster View Post
            I always wanted a DiAcro but they were pretty pricey even used. I did spend some time in the DiAcro factory when it was in Canton Ohio a few years back...Bob
            Tell you what Bob, if you have no concern for a quick delivery, whenever I do finally get off my dead tail and head down to the scrap yard, I'll pick up an extra side cover. Delivery would have to wait for one of my inoccasional forays out to your area though. Might also be delivered in the dead of night, so scope out carefully anything launched and landed on your front drive...I promise it won't be on fire.
            Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
            Miller DialArc 250
            Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
            Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
            Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
            Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
            South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
            Logan 7" shaper
            Ellis 3000 band saw
            Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
            Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
            3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
            Lots of dust bunnies
            Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by WyoRoy View Post
              Tell you what Bob, if you have no concern for a quick delivery, whenever I do finally get off my dead tail and head down to the scrap yard, I'll pick up an extra side cover.
              Thanks for the offer Roy but i have plenty of thick plate and access to more but like most people no time. I also have a lathe and mill and a few other goodies to fab anything out of. Back when i built my 3 hossfeld clones i didn't have a shop but had some insight of what i needed. So i built them and never used them...Bob
              Bob Wright

              Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
              http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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              • #8
                Er...uh...Bob, I should have used smilies with that offer. Maybe I should just say, "Your welcome", but to be faithful, humble, the best looking in any group, friend to man and beast alike and forthright beyond recognition (did I mention truthful or honest?) time is the most important factor here. If said delivery of a spare side cover ever came to pass, I'm thinking one or both of us would have already passed our expiration date by a considerable margin. I'm waiting out the final year and change prior to retirement and praying that when it comes I'll finally have some time to work in the shop.
                Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
                Miller DialArc 250
                Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
                Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
                Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
                Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
                South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
                Logan 7" shaper
                Ellis 3000 band saw
                Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
                Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
                3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
                Lots of dust bunnies
                Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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