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Old February 8th, 2010, 07:10 AM   #1
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what are you guys using to notch tubing I just got ez bender and need notcher thanks in advance
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Old February 8th, 2010, 07:38 AM   #2
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you could make me anoffers on the Jig-a-joint notcher i am looking to pass along. I was asking 125 obo,nobody seems interested on here though. Make me an offer.
Harbor frieght has a cheap one thats a cheap one,about 60-70 bucks from what I understand.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 08:14 AM   #3
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I use a band saw mostly, then touch it up with a bench grinder. If it's a simple notch then I'll set it up in the mill and use a roughing cutter. I need to get some annular cutters, those are better than end mills or roughing mills.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 08:16 AM   #4
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I use he Harbor Frieght one. Seems to work pretty good for me, around $55
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Old February 8th, 2010, 10:53 AM   #5
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For now, I use the HF notcher for most, or my band saw for odd joints. The HF nothcer isn't too bad if you make a few tweaks to it, and have a solid good drill press with a low enough speed.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 11:33 AM   #6
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For now, I use the HF notcher for most, or my band saw for odd joints. The HF nothcer isn't too bad if you make a few tweaks to it, and have a solid good drill press with a low enough speed.
I had to put a washer under each of the bolts on the clamp part to bring it up on centerline, other than that my 1 5/8" lennox hole saw works just about perfect for 1 1/4" sch. pipe. and I just clamp the notcher in my bench vise and use a 1/2" chuck electric drill motor
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Old February 8th, 2010, 11:44 AM   #7
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I got one on ebay (think its the same as a HF one)
the only bad thing about these styles is the bushing where the shaft goes through wears out fast and it gets sloppy..
if you want a GOOD notcher you're gonna lay down the money but a good JD2 notcher can be on ebay for around 250.. you can get the awesome one for like 4-500
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Old February 8th, 2010, 11:59 AM   #8
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HF here. Agreed with a little tweaking it is good for the money ($50). We don't do a ton of tubing in the R&D shop and if we want something super accurate we just use the mill. We just grabbed one of these because they were cheap. I would say it is good for a hobby tool. If you are using it more the 2-3 times a week you might want to bump up to a nicer setup. Works pretty good with a decent variable-speed hand drill for quick setup/cut.
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