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Old October 24th, 2009, 05:13 PM   #1
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any one ever use one from harbor freight? it's just a bottle jack with different dye's look's like it would do any thing i would use it for. so any one ever use one or is there some thing different i could use for about the same money. they had them for 109 and 199. thank's
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Old October 24th, 2009, 05:22 PM   #2
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had one for a few years now and it works great for doing bumpers and light bars. i've done a few sliders with it too. for the money its worth it
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Old October 24th, 2009, 06:11 PM   #3
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Its not a tube bender, its a pipe bender. It works OK for what it is, but you are pretty limited to what you can do with it, especially with good quality steel. Cheap pipe bend easier/nicer that stuff thats actually struturally rated.
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Old October 24th, 2009, 08:58 PM   #4
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the bender usually kinks the pipe more then it bends, so beware the cheap shit isn't always worth it.
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Old October 24th, 2009, 09:04 PM   #5
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yep its hard to get a clean 80 or 90 degree bend with one
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Old October 24th, 2009, 09:17 PM   #6
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just want some thing to do minor stuff stinger hoop may be slider's and stuff around the house
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Old October 24th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #7
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95 yota on this site made a stinger with one and slight bends work good like on bumpers and stuff. Definately not suited for structual bending though
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Old October 24th, 2009, 09:20 PM   #8
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Old October 24th, 2009, 09:32 PM   #9
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Stinger is a no go.. i did the one on my S10 and the bends look like crap up close..
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Old October 24th, 2009, 09:38 PM   #10
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is there some thing better out there with out spending a but load?
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Old October 25th, 2009, 11:35 AM   #11
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yeah goto a shop and have them bend you what you want.
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Old October 25th, 2009, 12:07 PM   #12
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yeah goto a shop and have them bend you what you want.
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but if you do want a half way decent bender with a die will cost around $600
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Old October 25th, 2009, 12:08 PM   #13
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yeah goto a shop and have them bend you what you want.
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my local steel shop sold me the tube for my stinger and bent it for $40
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Old October 26th, 2009, 08:51 AM   #14
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my local steel shop sold me the tube for my stinger and bent it for $40
Which shop did you go to?
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Old October 26th, 2009, 11:22 AM   #15
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I bought a cheap one off of e-bay and it works fine for what I do. I've bent all the tube for my flares with it. The dies aren't very accurate tho, a piece of 7/8" tubing will fit in my 1/2" die. You just have to make sure you bend something with a thick enough wall so it doesn't collapse on itself.
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I bought a cheap one off of e-bay and it works fine for what I do. I've bent all the tube for my flares with it. The dies aren't very accurate tho, a piece of 7/8" tubing will fit in my 1/2" die. You just have to make sure you bend something with a thick enough wall so it doesn't collapse on itself.

Thats because its a pipe size. 1/2" = ~0.84"
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i use a Jet, and it works great for bends up to 90*, I use sch.40 pipe, a500 structual



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Old October 26th, 2009, 11:35 AM   #18
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works good for me

Lamb Industrial has them for pretty cheap
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Old October 26th, 2009, 11:55 AM   #19
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If you dont mind, post a picture looking into the axis of the bend. And the minimum cross sectional thickness and how wide it is in that area too. I'm curious to see just how much a "good" kinker deforms the right size stuff.

We had one, my dad made about 2 bends with it, tried every trick out there to get it to not kink tube and then gave it away. Bought a pro tools 105hd and havent looked back!
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Old October 26th, 2009, 04:08 PM   #20
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Thats because its a pipe size. 1/2" = ~0.84"
I have no excuse, I don't know why I never even thought of that.
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