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Old 10-13-2008, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tube Bender Recommendation/Suggestions

OK guys, I'm considering picking up a tube Bender and extend a "cage" in front of my 2" x 4" x 1/4" Bar on the M37.

Still not sure where I'd run it in the corners where the dash and doors meat, or where to terminate it at the floor with out killing room, access or functionality, but ones life is worth a little discomfort.

I've not (yet) been in a compromising situation, but know how easy it is to get into one., and after the great fun on the "easy" trails at Flatnasty, and may hill side 3-point turns to make it around the Jeep corners, I'm thinking I should do something.

No, I'm NOT prepping to follow Roger, but once I get the lockers and a lower 1st gear, I'd like to try something a little more challenging.

So, what do you guys recommend for a Bender and a Notcher?

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Old 10-14-2008, 02:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Either a pro tools 105HD or a JD2 model 3. I plan on buying one of the two this winter and doing my own electric hydraulic conversion. Ive already collected most of the parts for the conversion. there are a few good thread on here from which i found great ideas.
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Old 10-14-2008, 02:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a PT 105 . Nice bender
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Good thing you didn't try a search. This topic has never been discussed here before.
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here is one that is just coming to market. There are 2 different models. One handles dies from PRO-TOOLS and one for JD2

Comes with hydraulics and will bend 90+ degrees per stroke.

Here is a link:
http://www.probender.com/Pro3bender.htm


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Is there an advantage to having the bender bend in the vertical plane vs. in the horizontal plane? I've seen benders designed both ways, is one better in a smaller shop?

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Is there an advantage to having the bender bend in the vertical plane vs. in the horizontal plane? I've seen benders designed both ways, is one better in a smaller shop?

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Id like to know the answer to that myself.
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Old 12-07-2008, 01:21 PM   #8 (permalink)
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personally I like the vertical, as it is uber easy to check your bend with a digital angle finder, set it on the end of the tube before the point of bend, zero it off, and bend until you hit the angle you need, back off the die and check spring back, no need for protractors or framing squares etc.. I also seem to have more room available in the vertical plane in my shop with 11' ceilings, I can swing ~7 1/2 feet up without hitting the ceiling, usually I dont have a clear 7 feet of floor space and had to move things around with my horizontal one.
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