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Old September 21st, 2008, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default Hyd. conv. for M3 bender?

Has anyone ever converted a model 3 tubing bender to hydraulic. They sell a pretty cheap air/hydraulic cyl. at a local tool store. The kit from JD2 is about $500 and dont really want to spend that much. What would it take as far as brackets and what not?
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Old September 21st, 2008, 07:19 PM   #2
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Has anyone ever converted a model 3 tubing bender to hydraulic. They sell a pretty cheap air/hydraulic cyl. at a local tool store. The kit from JD2 is about $500 and dont really want to spend that much. What would it take as far as brackets and what not?
Yes you can just pick one up from harbor freight and fabricate your own brackets or they even sell them.

I think on ebay you can buy the necessary brackets or they sell them elsewhere, cannot remember where.

I converted mine over to hydraulic, looks for the build in this section. Here is the link http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthread.php?t=88653

I dont recommend doing it this way unless you have the time, patience and money. Doing it the way you described is easier and cheaper.

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Wow thanks Firehawk. That stand you built looks great, and the build links are very helpful. Thanks again.
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 10:20 PM   #4
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go onto Copperhead fab's website. They sell a kit that uses a harbor freight air/hydralic cylinder(probably the same thing your talkin about). Or look at pirate4x4 under the tool section in the vendors area
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Old September 25th, 2008, 08:37 PM   #5
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go onto Copperhead fab's website. They sell a kit that uses a harbor freight air/hydralic cylinder(probably the same thing your talkin about). Or look at pirate4x4 under the tool section in the vendors area
Yeah that Copperhead thing is want I was thinking, and its only $78. Seems easy enough. Thanks for the info guys.

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Doing it that way works great, def beats the old "grunting method", firehawk's bender is my hero though, very nice
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I just set up the Copper Head kit. Fits nicely with a little bit of tweaking.
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What needs too be tweaked?
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I just set up the Copper Head kit. Fits nicely with a little bit of tweaking.
just like everything else he makes
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