tubing bender opinions

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  1. ddedman

    ddedman Farmall Cub

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    I am not known to do anything the easy way and would like to build my own cage and other stuff for the Bubba Scout. With that in mind I am in need of a cheap but functional tubing bender. Why? Because I dig it. Yes it would probably be cheaper to buy an after market cage and have someone build to it but this may not be my last cage. So I purchase the plans from www.gottrike.com with the idea of building one. I still am very interested in this version because I like to build and fabricate. The other option would be the one that is a premade hydrualic from Eastwood. Not sure if anyone has ever used it. Its enticing due to its price and the dies that come with it. My concern is the tube wall thickness capabilities. links to both below.

    http://www.eastwood.com/professional-tubing-bender.html

    http://www.gottrikes.com/Tube_Bender.htm

    Let me know your thoughts and or other options. I know im not the only one out there that would like to know more on this subject.
     
  2. guidolyons

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    I'd pass on theEastwood bender.

    It's not clear if that's the minimum or maximum wall thickness :confused: 1.75x .120?
    It's hard to be creative with tube if you can't bend more than 60* (or 90*)

    If you have the time and tools, the got trikes bender is a great way to get a bender on the cheap, and it uses popular easy to get Pro Tools 105 dies, will bend ~90* in one shot, and can bend 180*.
    Huge thread on pirate with lots of pics:
    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=376183&highlight=bender+gottrikes

    It's cheap and easy to add a HF air/hydro long ram to make any of the popular benders hydraulic.

    3way comparison of JD2, Protools 105, and JMR benders:
    http://www.offroadfabnet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1668

    Links to other popular benders:
    http://vansantent.com/model_3_bender.htm
    http://www.pro-tools.com/105.htm
    http://www.probender.com/

    JD2 recently released new heavier duty model (JD32) with thicker arms and a new anti-springback dies, so maybe you can find a used JD2 on the cheap.
     
  3. justscoutin

    justscoutin Binder Driver

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    I got a great deal on a protools 105. I was looking at them anyhow, so couldn't pass it up. got plans for the trike one as well but just seemed hard. just gotta order the size shoe I need now for the 105.
    it all depends on how much time you wanna spend making the tool vs just using it.
     
  4. Kirk_tx

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    I am currently building a trikes bender, and i can say that if I didn't have a mill I don't know if i would have undertaken it, it is a pretty tough job.
    But when its all said and done it will be able to bend whatever the heck i want. For what you are doing, that eastwood version look like you might be pushing it to its limits.

    Keep an eye on craigslist I have seen a few decent ones pop up there.
     
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    I came across the gottrikes plans about an hour after I ordered and paid for this one:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/e...item=&sspagename=STRK:MEWNX:IT#ht_1998wt_1123

    If that link doesn't work, check out affordablebender.com. I am going to go ahead and build the gottrikes bender even though I already have this one. My plan is to sell the affordablebender.com one and use the gottrikes from here on out. I can't speak to anything other than the build quality of the one I currently have since I haven't bent anything with it, but it seems to be put together really well and for $400 with 2 dies it was a steal.
     

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