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    Alright gents, I know this subject has been beat to death on many other threads but after reading most I am still left without a straight answer... To put it simply I have a JD2 model 3 bender with a 1" X 3.5" pipe die set and I am looking to bend 1" 6061 T-6 aluminum for a pilot house rack for my boat. I understand that T-6 is not ideal for bending but i am having trouble finding 6061 with a lesser tensile strength. I see 1" pipe everywhere in the marine environment so I know it can be done without too much effort (annealing etc)... WHAT ARE THEY USING?? I am open to suggestions even if it means switching to stainless, getting a different die set, listening to Melissa Etheridge on repeat whatever it takes.
    Thanks in advance.

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    • #3
      I have not tried it yet my bender will be here tomorrow, I am just trying to nail down the right material before I spend a bunch of time and money on insufficient pipe.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mroll004 View Post
        Alright gents, I know this subject has been beat to death on many other threads but after reading most I am still left without a straight answer... To put it simply I have a JD2 model 3 bender with a 1" X 3.5" pipe die set and I am looking to bend 1" 6061 T-6 aluminum for a pilot house rack for my boat. I understand that T-6 is not ideal for bending but i am having trouble finding 6061 with a lesser tensile strength. I see 1" pipe everywhere in the marine environment so I know it can be done without too much effort (annealing etc)... WHAT ARE THEY USING?? I am open to suggestions even if it means switching to stainless, getting a different die set, listening to Melissa Etheridge on repeat whatever it takes.
        Thanks in advance.
        No that's funny !

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        • #5
          Ok I'm guessing you mean 1" diameter x 3 1/2" center line radius.
          If so you need 6063 in either T-4 or T-52
          I have that set-up, use that pipe, and it works wonderful

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FusionKing View Post
            Ok I'm guessing you mean 1" diameter x 3 1/2" center line radius.
            If so you need 6063 in either T-4 or T-52
            I have that set-up, use that pipe, and it works wonderful
            Now thats my kind of answer, thanks FusionKing!

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            • #7
              He just saved you from certain death.

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