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Author Topic: Tube Bender  (Read 7383 times)

timatoe

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Tube Bender
« on: December 16, 2013, 02:56:09 PM »

If you were going to buy a bender........

Which one would you get and why?

Also, if you could only afford one die to start with which one and why?
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2013, 03:02:10 PM »

Jd2.  Not a bad price, quality unit, ability to use air/hydro addon if wanted later.

If I didn't have a cage.  1.75. First project would be cage as its most important.
If I had a cage 1.5. Bumpers, crossmembers, misc fabrication lends well to 1.5tube

My .02
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2013, 04:13:19 PM »

I have the JD2.  Awesome bender.  Easy to use for what projects you have.  You can take Chris's .02 and times it by 2 for .02.  Misc. I'd have 1.5" 4.5 CLR. And 1.75" 5.5 CLR
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2013, 05:45:34 PM »

Thanks guys.  I'll have to re-count my pennies and see, maybe I can get both.  I absolutely agree on the cage point.  I was gonna put this money toward a cage but I think this makes more sense.
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2013, 09:35:39 PM »

what if i said i could get you a ProBender Pro3 Bender & 1-3/4" O.D. 6" CLR 240(degree) Die with stand and 8 Ton Air/Hydro Ram for $700 OBO?
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2013, 10:19:41 PM »

I'd say that's pretty good.  I think their deal on Pirate was just under $600 without the ram or stand.  Although I've got plenty of 2x2 to build the stand on the garage floor and their ram is a harbor freight ram they want $120 for and I can get for about $80.  Who's got it?

I was looking at the JD2 with the Pirate discount it's roughly $270 for the bender and $270 for the die.  Of course there's still a stand etc to deal with.

What if I make you this deal?????? I'll buy that, you buy a 1.5" die, you keep it at my house and you can use the bender anytime you want?   :rofl:

They use Pro-Tools dies?
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2013, 01:38:56 AM »

Hello, hello, hello.......  You post that and keep me hanging?
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2013, 07:07:47 PM »

He out shopping with the girlfriend, somebody has to hold all those bags! :biggrin:

Hope it turns out better than this guy:

http://gawker.com/man-commits-suicide-in-mall-after-girlfriend-refuses-to-1479660064
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2013, 10:37:04 AM »

Yeah that dude REALLY hated shopping.

So I looked at the JD2 and with the Pirate discount I can afford two dies and the bender, the ram kit from Swag and a air/hydro ram from HF.  But holy shit, it's $191 for shipping for the bender and dies.  Gonna see if I can find something more local before pulling the pin.
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2013, 12:29:19 PM »

Its not mine for sale its my buddies in Reno. Let me ask him and see what he says. That was his friend price, so ill see if I can pass it on.
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2013, 03:15:22 PM »

His "friend" price is barely below retail.  Saving a little and cost of shipping really, see what he says though.

Found a JD2 with 3 dies, stand, factory hydro etc... $1,500 which is still a good deal, but more than I wanna drop right now.
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2013, 09:31:51 PM »

Looking at the ProBender site it looks like they've gone up considerably on their prices, so if your buddy still has that one for that price it's likely a good deal.  I do like how that one functions though without taking up a lot of space etc.... 

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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2013, 10:30:52 PM »

I really dislike the vertical setup benders..   I nust like everything on a horizontal plane.  Plus I don't want the thing I'm bending sticking 10ft up in the air if it needs compound bends

Personal preference
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2013, 08:20:39 AM »

I hear ya there, if I had a large shop to work in I'd certainly agree.  My concern is the limited space I've got and being able to move it about if needed.  I've got a detached two car garage that's all mine to work in, but I've also got two project vehicles, so even having two two car garages isn't enough space.  Maybe I just need to build a 40x60 shop. :high5:
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2013, 08:44:08 AM »

40x60 shop 😎I'd give you my bender to use of you let play in the shop!!
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2013, 08:44:55 AM »

Il do the grading for you when do decided if that helps get the shop up and going lol. 
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timatoe

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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2013, 10:38:17 AM »

Sweet.  It's likely a year out though.  I think where I want it I'll have to build up one side, but we'll see how that goes.  There's a seasonal creek that runs right next to where I want it to go, wanna make sure it doesn't come in the building.
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2013, 02:41:55 PM »

It was sold.. Sorry Tim
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2013, 05:10:44 PM »

That's alright, I've got a friend who works at Fastenal and said they can likely order a bender, save a little and not have to pay shipping.
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Re: Tube Bender
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2015, 11:37:13 AM »

So I'm going to "necro" this thread from the dead to ask some follow-up questions. Tim and I are planning on going in on some fab tools. I'm going to get the bender, and he is going to get the notcher. He already has a welder. I figure we can use these tools to help build tire carriers, tube fenders, and possibly a cage for Tim.

From those saying to go with the JD2 bender: The 3 or the 32? They accept different dies. The 32 seems to be more robust and have anti-springback function. It's $100 more. I have a large patio in the back where I plan to have a mount for the bender, so the horizontal bending isn't an issue.

What bender does everyone have? Is anyone willing to share dies as a group? I figure they're used so infrequently, that it doesn't make sense to double-up on dies if they are interchangeable.
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