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Old 02-22-2007, 11:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody using a Pro 200 bender?

I am looking at this bender, its just a little more then the Pro 105HD with stand, so right at the bottom for cheaper benders



http://www.pro-tools.com/200.htm

Anybody using one? Horror stories? Junk? Have a used one you want to sell? I know one limitation is they are only 90 degree max, but I am not sure when I would bend more then that. (no giant stinger for me).

The reason I am looking at this is I rent my garage and often am working on my junk in one of my friends garages. I like that this is portable and doesn't require being mounted to a fixed mount.

I know of people mounting the manual ones to 2" square to use in a reciever but I worry I would do somethign stupid and dent my pickup.
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Old 02-24-2007, 01:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm guessing by the lack of response, no... The 90* limited bend seems to be the reason it's not as popular as the JD2 and Pro tools 105.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have read that the people who use it like it. The biggest disadvantage is not doing a full 180. You can do a 180, but it will have a little bit of space in the center. The only issue that I have heard is that since the follower support is higher up, it sometimes is a little work keeping it from falling when moving the tube around. That seems to be why people that are building there own are moving the follower roller down to the bottom.
I like the vertical benders because they are portable, and save space. If I need to use it I just move it out to the driveway. That model is only about 5"x7"x31" according to their plans.
I decided to build my own vertical bender based off the various homemade bender sites. So far I have about $275 invested between the parts, steel and a 15 ton enerpac cylinder. It could have been built under $200 by using a bottle jack. I finally have all the parts cut and drilled, and hopefully will get them welded by next weekend. The only things I plan on making are roll bars, sliders, and bumpers. Since I will probably only use it very rarely, it should work for what I need.
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Old 03-12-2007, 08:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Its funny you mention it...I'm in the process of building one myself.

Will let you know how it works out
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Old 03-13-2007, 09:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I know one limitation is they are only 90 degree max, but I am not sure when I would bend more then that. (no giant stinger for me).
I don't see how you could build anything without a few > 90* bends. Shock hoops for example.
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Old 03-13-2007, 02:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Considering I have a complete tube bed, exo cage, spare tire mount, and front bumper with out a 90 in it, I would say its possible. Shocks are mounted to the cage.
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