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Old 01-22-2007, 02:42 PM   #21
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I use my hands. I have two other benders that just sit on a nail on the wall.
I have more control over it than with the benders. tube or solid same results.
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Old 01-23-2007, 10:45 AM   #22
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If you want tite binds use the spring type binder
you can get at homedepot
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Old 02-10-2007, 07:02 PM   #23
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Just be careful , cause some of these benders might bend TUBING but not solid steel stock. Or vice versa. ;)
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:00 PM   #24
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Kind of an old topic but I was looking for info on tube benders and came across this topic so I thought I would post up.

Here's what I've started using and so far it works great:


Here's a sample of the bends I can get without kinking:
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Old 03-23-2007, 03:03 PM   #25
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Hey guys I was in Harbor Freight killin some time today and found this... the bend radius is about 5/8 to 3/4 inch! and its 8 bucks...

Check it out...
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94571

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nice find..but both my hf are out dammit guess ill have to wait
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Old 03-23-2007, 03:36 PM   #26
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I also found this interesting little bender while searching for tube benders:


Looks like it can make some pretty tight radius bends.
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Old 03-23-2007, 05:47 PM   #27
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I also found this interesting little bender while searching for tube benders:

Looks like it can make some pretty tight radius bends.
holy hell where'd you get that

that thing looks awesome
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Old 03-23-2007, 06:01 PM   #28
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http://www.micromark.com
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Old 03-30-2007, 04:44 PM   #29
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Some scrap metal, spare rc parts and a little imagination you can make whatever you need.
Hmmm... just like building a Crawler

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Old 04-13-2007, 12:20 AM   #30
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:32 AM   #31
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I used to use spring benders doing underground gas or water new construction to get into area where normal benders would not have the room to fit well.

we usally work with 1/2" or bigger copper though but luckily thanks to Micromark I was able to find these mini benders


beleive I paid 5 bucks. only one is really useable if your using 3/16". you get beautiful kink free bends. They also make it a little easier to bend.
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:59 AM   #32
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so you just run the spring through the tube and bend it by hand? got a link?

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I used to use spring benders doing underground gas or water new construction to get into area where normal benders would not have the room to fit well.

we usally work with 1/2" or bigger copper though but luckily thanks to Micromark I was able to find these mini benders


beleive I paid 5 bucks. only one is really useable if your using 3/16". you get beautiful kink free bends. They also make it a little easier to bend.
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:14 PM   #33
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Saw a post a few months back with something similar so I decided to build one of my own:



3/8" bend radius, it will do both 3/16" and 1/4" rod/tube. It works great but will kink thin wall tubing if you arn't careful.

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Old 03-17-2008, 12:53 PM   #34
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Saw a post a few months back with something similar so I decided to build one of my own:



3/8" bend radius, it will do both 3/16" and 1/4" rod/tube. It works great but will kink thin wall tubing if you arn't careful.

So how does it work?
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:49 PM   #35
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this one pretty nice looking from summit.

These Summit triple head 180 degree tube benders can bend 3/16 in., 1/4 in., 5/16 in., and 3/8 in. o.d. tubing up to 180 degrees with ease. The Roto-Lok indexing lever repositions the two-stage handle midway through the bend, right when both handles begin to meet, so you get tight bends without having to cross the handles. They're made from lightweight cast aluminum with comfortable cushioned grips, are compact to fit into tight areas, and have calibrated markings for accurate left hand, right hand, and offset bends.

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Old 03-17-2008, 06:59 PM   #36
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So how does it work?

Well you put straight tubing in one end and out the the other end comes bent tubing...

Seriously though I have had alot of requests about this bender since I posted this last night. I'm thinking of making a new bender thread showing the design deatails and how to make and use it, keep an eye open for it!
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Old 03-19-2008, 06:46 PM   #37
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I used to use spring benders doing underground gas or water new construction to get into area where normal benders would not have the room to fit well.

we usally work with 1/2" or bigger copper though but luckily thanks to Micromark I was able to find these mini benders


beleive I paid 5 bucks. only one is really useable if your using 3/16". you get beautiful kink free bends. They also make it a little easier to bend.
These do work nice & you get really tight bends.
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Old 03-19-2008, 06:52 PM   #38
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so you just run the spring through the tube and bend it by hand? got a link?
Here's a link: http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Spring-Tube-Benders


You can also find them cheaper. Do a search for "Spring type bender" These will NOT kink your tubing.
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Old 03-19-2008, 09:53 PM   #39
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Hey guys I was in Harbor Freight killin some time today and found this... the bend radius is about 5/8 to 3/4 inch! and its 8 bucks...

Check it out...
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94571

Later,
Jake
yes sir, works perfectly
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:23 PM   #40
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Seriously though I have had alot of requests about this bender since I posted this last night. I'm thinking of making a new bender thread showing the design deatails and how to make and use it, keep an eye open for it!
Umm, my eyes are getting all dry and stuff.
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