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Old May 6th, 2010, 03:08 PM   #1
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i am going to get a 1 1/4 and 1 3/4 die for my jd2 bender the 1 1/4 is offered in 3.5, 4.5, 5.5 and 6.5 radius and the 1 3/4 is 5.5, 6.5 and 7.5. which ones should i get?
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I have found that the tighter radius dies are the ones that always get used first around here. And I always buy the 240 degree dies, worth the extra $ imo
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Thanks pat, I just ordered them!
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1.75 on 5.5" is pretty tight... Depending on what you want the bends to look like, it might be too sharp for some stuff. We have 1.75" on 6.5" and it's about right for most stuff, ie, it looks "normal" for most bends. If they offered the 5.5" when we ordered our dies then we probably would have went with that, too tight is always better than too large, especially when trying to get a tube tucked up in a corner.

we have all 180+ degree capable dies in:
1.75x6.5
1.625x6.0 (i think? not positive on that one... tightest that was available at the time....)
1.5x5.5
1.0x3.5

The only ones I wish I had sometimes would be a 1.25" and a 3/4"
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I ended up getting 1 1/4 3.5 and 1 3/4 5.5.
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