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    Default Pipe/Tubing Bender

    What do you guys use to bend pipe and tubing?
    1) I want a good pipe bender to bend 1 1/4" to 2" sch 40 for truck racks:
    WITHOUT KINKS OR CREASES!!! (I've seen and used those from e-bay
    that look lilke different size horshoes, pump below that pushes up, but the
    rollers on the sides leave creases/kinks. the good mandrel ones are over
    $5,000 (too much right now)
    2) Tubing bender: just thinner walled pipe right? need to bend kinda tight
    curves to moderate bends in 1" to 2" aluminum...
    thanks,
    bert
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    At my buddies brothers shop they replaced the round rollers with square blocks that they said eliminated creases.

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    I have a Pro-Tools #105 that I use to bend 1"x.065" Aluminum tube and it does a beautiful job.
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    Default Bert

    I have learned that if fill the pipe completely with sand it will help avoid the kinks and flattening of the pipe when you use the cheap benders like the ones you are talking about. Dave
    If necessity is the Mother of Invention, I must be the Father of Desperation!

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    I have the Pro-Tools HD105 and can highly recommend it. I have bent material ranging from 5/8" x .035" 4130 to 2" schedule 40 aluminum. I paid $2700 for my initial package which included 4 dies and all the hydraulics. I also use it for production work that I do. Just some examples of what I do.
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    Guys! thanks a lot!!! LOVE your stands !!!
    1) Have you tried it with schedule 40 mild steel? If you did, please let me
    know! 'cause if it does, I will DEFINATELY buy it! (of course, I'll let my
    friend pay half, 'cause that is what a nice guy I am ).

    2) Where did you buy it, off pro-tools website? I'd be surprised if the
    package came with 4 dies AND the hydraulic ram...or

    3) Did you buy everything seperate and it came up to $2700?

    thanks in advance,
    bert
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    Oh, KB FAB,
    Your 1st pic was entitled "Even sweeter bender unit". I'm guessing your still talking about the 105, right?
    bert
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    Sorry, I meant to add, 2" sched 40 mild steel....
    bert
    p.s. like that Foster's can in there
    KB, your shop still blows me away
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    Dave,
    what do YOU use? Tried the fine sand before, better, but not nice enough...

    Bob, thanks, I'll try that on my friends roller...

    TS, thanks

    KB, b-e-a-utiful towers!

    guys, sorry for the differrent threads
    bert
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    Guys! thanks a lot!!! LOVE your stands !!!
    1) Have you tried it with schedule 40 mild steel? If you did, please let me
    know! 'cause if it does, I will DEFINATELY buy it! (of course, I'll let my
    friend pay half, 'cause that is what a nice guy I am ).

    2) Where did you buy it, off pro-tools website? I'd be surprised if the
    package came with 4 dies AND the hydraulic ram...or

    3) Did you buy everything seperate and it came up to $2700?

    thanks in advance,
    bert
    I have not tried 2" schedule 40 steel so I can't speak to that. I did buy my unit directly from Pro-Tools and yes, the whole package came to $2700. It was a little over a year ago so prices may have gone up since then.

    Quote Originally Posted by bert
    Oh, KB FAB,
    Your 1st pic was entitled "Even sweeter bender unit". I'm guessing your still talking about the 105, right?
    bert
    Yes I was. Thanks for the compliments on my work and the shop.
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