I like the spring idea to pull the arm back down.Also, here's mine... Almost exclusively scrap steel. Only about 5' of 2x2x.25 in it as well. The main arms are about 6" shorter than spec, the gusset arms are only 1.5x.120 wall and the base is a bread cart from ingles plus some 3/16" angle. So it's quite a bit lighter than most here, but it's still heavy as hell...
So far I've only bent 1.75x.120 DOM and it did just fine, but I have to repin the die once for a 90* bend, I might try mounting the ram in a different hole.
Works great. Far more accurate than the dial type angle gauges I had. Use it for a lot more than bending tube as well. Anyway, get the tubing in the die, pump a few times to get it tight, zero the guage, bend to whatever angle ( plus springback) and you're done.^^^ How do you like the Wixey angle level?
One is just a normal hand operated ram, the other uses a Air/Hydro ram...whats the differance between the HD tube bender plans and the Air/Hyd tube bender plans?
I'm building the Air/Hydro model (Style B).what one is everyone else on here using?
cant you just put a air/ram on the manual one?.... i like the base of the manual one better on the gottrikes site... it looks like all the other ones that people on here build but i could be wrong
Best/most efficient way is to buy bendtech and calibrate it for your dies. Then you waste nothing. Plus it's awesome software.Well, I have my bender finished. I'm ready to start to play with it. I have a 1.75 inch 240 degree die and 11 or so feet of 1.75inch dom. Could someone give me a "BEST" order of operations for setting up a length of dom to bend, I've read tinbenders article but I would really like to know what people have found to be the best and most efficient way to set up the tube in the bender.
I ain't no expert, but a few things are:Not looking so much for info on bending and calculations, more for overall operations, installing tube, lubricating dies, repinning, removing the tube etc etc.