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    Default Soft Metal tube bending

    I am looking for suggestions on a tube bender. I an looking to be bend small Aluminun or Chromoly tubes and need advice. Ranging from 2" to .5" OD thin walled. I only need to bend the tubes 10~45 degrees.

    I will not be doing this in Mass quantities. But, I would like a good quality tool/kit that is reasonable in cost and does a good job while minimizing scrap.

    Thanks in advance!
    GG

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    Thats a bunch of dies to buy for that range of tube. Too bad you don't have lathe then you can make what you need since they are so pricey. You can even use a cheap 49 dollar HF bender frame with some good radius dies to suit both your radius and tube dia...Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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    I think everything I am going to need to bend will be 1" to 3/4". But, I am not sure. These are going to be small bends....20 degree max.

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    How about something like this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JU0O...eature=related
    Looks simple to make and i don't have a clue what the writing is...Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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    A conduit bender for $50.00 at a home box store.
    2, XMT's 350 cc/cv
    1, XMT 350 vs
    1, TRAILBLAZER 302
    1, MILLER DVI
    1, PASSPORT PLUS
    1, DYNASTY 200 DX
    1, MAXSTAR 150 STL
    1, HOBART CHAMP
    1, HF-251 BOX
    1, S-74d
    1, S-75DXA
    2, 12-RC SUITCASES
    2, 30 A spoolguns

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    i use this bender for small bends, even soft copper and would recommend it. http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...0437_200350437

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    that northern tool bender doesn't look to bad!

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