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post #1 of 14 Old March 20th, 2018, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tubing bender

Looking at jd2 model 3 for 1.5 inch tubing. What are you using?
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Re: Tubing bender

I would get the model 32, the extra features are worth the price difference.

I have a model 32 and it works great. You can get the machined air/hydraulic ram mount from Swag Off-road for $180 SWAG Machined Tubing Bender Air/Hydraulic Ram Mount

And the 8 ton ram from Harbor Freight for $90. https://m.harborfreight.com/8-ton-lo...nt-_p_117.html

About the cheapest route you can go for an air/hydraulic conversion. If you can swing the money it’s worth it. The bender doesn’t need to be bolted to the floor since the ram is doing the work and you can watch the degree indicator and bump it with the air for fine increments. It’s much easier then manually bending bigger tube. Even manually bending 1” x .058 4130 takes some work.

Regardless, you will love it and look for excuses to bend tube.

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What are the advantages of the 32 over the 3 I see the heavier metal and pins, anything else?
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Re: Tubing bender

The anti-spring back arm is the biggest one.

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Air/hydraulic conversion is a must. You can make your own brackets but it’s a pain in the ass. For $180 it’s worth every penny.
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I think I will just do the manual for now and add the Hyd later. What radius die do you recommend for cage work 1.5?
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Is the anti springback bar the second ratch bar?
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Re: Tubing bender

Yes it is. Id get the smallest radius die that will work with the wall thickness youre using.

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I am wanting to build a rear seat cage in the bed for carrying the kids around the farm and mild trail riding. What size / thickness tubing would you recommend.
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Had 1.5 .120 dom in mind but might be overkill.
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Re: Tubing bender

My first bender was a manual Pro-Tools 105 I think. I figured I was young, not in a hurry, and not making many cages so manual would be fine. Later I bought a hydraulic JD2 and realized the difference. It isnt just about the work of bending....which is a lot of work. It is the versatility and setup differences. A hydraulic bender can be mounted on wheels, rotated to fit long or odd shapes in your shop, rolled outside the shop on nice days, and even attached to a tube that is on the vehicle (I did this once and it wasnt easy, but wouldnt be possible with a manual bender).

I now have a Pro-Tools 302. I like it, but think I would actually prefer a hydraulic 105.

I have owned 2 pro-tools and one JD2. IMHO, the pro-tools is a better product. I also have several different SWAG tools and they all work perfectly. SWAG is probably my favorite fabrication tool company to buy from because they are real.

1.75"x.095 You will get more use out of 1.75 dies, and more interest when you sell it to buy a hydraulic bender.

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https://www.speedwaymotors.com/3rd-G...-Set,6614.html
What you think? 7 inch radius handles up to 2 Up to .96
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Re: Tubing bender

Pros and cons.

Price is right. Hydraulic and self contained make it easy to move around and work with large pieces of tubing.

Fixed 7" radius is not ideal. For 2" and 1.75 that is fine. You probably wont want 7" bends on your 1" tubes though. The red stock car type chassis in that video does not have 7" bends on the 1" tube around the front end.

At that price you can use it a few times and sell it on CL to just about break even. Go for it.
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https://www.roguefab.com/product-cat...ubing-benders/

excellent bender

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