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Old December 9th, 2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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Im thinking about getting a tube bender for myself to make a cage and whatnot in my garage... what are you guys using in your garage???
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Old December 10th, 2011, 07:03 AM   #2
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I have a jd2 ratcheting bender. I am converting it to air over hydraulic though. Make nice bends and works very well.
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Old December 10th, 2011, 07:23 AM   #3
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Jd2 also. Like it. Dies are not cheap! Other brands have less expensive dies, not sure how good they bend though.
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Old December 10th, 2011, 07:51 AM   #4
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I have the probender pro3 it uses the 105 dies cheap and works good
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Old December 10th, 2011, 08:26 AM   #5
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I have the probender pro3 it uses the 105 dies cheap and works good
But is it a pro quality?
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ProTools 105hd converted to hydro on a rolling stand. When you get the dies spring for the 240 degree ones. Its a bit extra but WELL worth it.
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JD2 model 32 with a harbor freight air over hydraulic ram and a swag offroad adapter kit. Works great!!
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Old December 10th, 2011, 09:00 AM   #8
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jd2 mod 4 full power on rollers !
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ProTools 105hd converted to hydro on a rolling stand. When you get the dies spring for the 240 degree ones. Its a bit extra but WELL worth it.
I have a ProTools 105hd converted to air/hydro on a rolling stand setup. I love mine. I used the Copperhead Fab conversion brackets to convert it to air/hydro.
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When you get the dies spring for the 240 degree ones. Its a bit extra but WELL worth it.
Worth stating again.
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Old December 10th, 2011, 11:25 AM   #12
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x3 Here. I got the 90* dies but I got a smoking deal on my bender with the die. Someone purchased it, never used it and had it listed for sale on pirate. For the price I got it for I couldn't pass it up. I go it for less than the bender by itself.
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i was looking at the jd2, manual version..how much of a pain in the ass is it to bend manually?? i can easily hook up a hydrolic assist from harbor freight later..
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i was looking at the jd2, manual version..how much of a pain in the ass is it to bend manually?? i can easily hook up a hydrolic assist from harbor freight later..
Manual bending is not fun. If you go that route make sure you have a good stand and its mounted solidly.
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I went with a pro32 and a 240 1.75 die. Everything to my door was less then $1300. It is a little more then a "upgraded" ratchet style bender. But, air/hydro is the way to go.
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JD2 ratchett bender. Not fun but not unreasonable, unless you're gonna do a lot of bending.
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Old December 12th, 2011, 09:13 AM   #17
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i was looking at the jd2, manual version..how much of a pain in the ass is it to bend manually?? i can easily hook up a hydrolic assist from harbor freight later..
I have the JD2 model 32 manual...I do not have a problem bending manual and I have done three cages and one buggy
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I have the JD2 model 32 manual...I do not have a problem bending manual and I have done three cages and one buggy
What buggy did you ever build?
(I dont recall any 60's being in your shop. or v8 for that matter)

Dont forget about the Aluminum Tower we did for the boat...

I will add the manual is not that bad Its a pain at times but I actually like it for some things. doing it by hand you can get a good feel and keep it precise. Not to mention you can bend pretty quick with the manual ratchet set up.

I would say one of the biggest down falls to manual bending is that your bender is not mobile. its bolted to the ground in a specific location in the shop, so if you have multiple things in the shop or need to roll it to a different location your stuck.

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Old December 12th, 2011, 09:54 AM   #19
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i did all of my rig with a manual ratchet bender.cory built his whole buggy with a manual bender.
with that said i am ordering the hydraulic upright one.
this is on sale for 499.00 the pro 3 www.probender.com
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Old December 13th, 2011, 09:21 AM   #20
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What buggy did you ever build?
(I dont recall any 60's being in your shop. or v8 for that matter)

Dont forget about the Aluminum Tower we did for the boat...

I will add the manual is not that bad Its a pain at times but I actually like it for some things. doing it by hand you can get a good feel and keep it precise. Not to mention you can bend pretty quick with the manual ratchet set up.

I would say one of the biggest down falls to manual bending is that your bender is not mobile. its bolted to the ground in a specific location in the shop, so if you have multiple things in the shop or need to roll it to a different location your stuck.

oh yea...I fogot about the boat tower thingy...which is awesome by the way...and you helped to build the buggy ash hole
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