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Old 03-09-08, 08:40 PM
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Tubing Bender

Im looking to purchase a hydraulic tubing bender, wondering what other fabricators were using. Any feedback would be great, thanks. Kyle.
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Check out JD squared benders. I've had one for about 18 years without having any problems. If yo are going to do low production stuff you don't need a hydraulic, the model 3 will bend 1 3/4" .120 wall DOM with only a little effort. If you are just starting out it allows you to make mistakes at a slower rate because you are working for every degree of bend not just moving a hydraulic lever.
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Old 03-10-08, 06:04 PM
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I was actually looking at that bender last night, seems to be the best, and at the best price. Thanks for the input.
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nice, pretty affordable too
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what would you recommend for bending intercooler tubing?
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Old 03-14-08, 10:20 PM
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These guys have all sorts of cool tubing fab stuff, even a few mandrel benders http://www.vansantent.com/
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damn seems that once u get above 2" it gets pricey. i wish there was something cheap for aluminum since its so easy to bend
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I may be wrong, but I suspect that cutting and welding are going to be you best bets for larger tubes.

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Cut and weld is the way to go. For aluminum you need a mandrel bender. Figure on about $40,000 for the rig then about $2500-$3000 per set of dies.
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For the intake I would just buy mandrel bends and cut/weld them. If you don't have a TIG and are doing it yourself, it's easier to use mild steel and paint/ powdercoat the tubes.
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Those benders we were looking at is mainly for roll cage fabrication.
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I really like the way our tube shark works. We have worked it to death and it keeps on giving.

The company is pretty quick with supplying tooling and that is a huge deal for us. Sometimes we need tooling for a customer and can't wait months like some places that sell benders take to make the tooling.

www.tubeshark.com




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That tube shark looks like a quality piece of machinery.
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how about one of these? I can go check it out for you
http://phoenix.craigslist.org/tls/603036157.html
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Buddy has the Tube Shark.. built my cage with it, fantastic. Just have to remember to lube your dies. The foot controller comes in handy.
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