I am wondering if anyone has any experience or opinions on tube/pipe benders they could share with me.
I am planning to build a cage for my rig pretty darn soon and was considering picking up a cheap bender to make the nice rounded corners.
One that I have looked at (price seems too good to be true) is: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=32888 .
Tell me what you know/think about this or others....make me smarter (mostly a lost cause, but let's give it a go [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img])!
Thanks once again! (going to have to somehow 'dedicate' my Samurai to everyone here since they have helped soooo much with everything)
I bought a harbor freight pipe bender (around $70 on sale for the 12-ton one). I used 1 1/4" schedule 40 pipe (about 1.6" outside diameter). The bender works very well. Just make sure you put a piece of steel plate (I used 1/4" thick plate) between the rollers and the pipe. This prevents the rollers from dimpling the pipe. The bends are probably not as uniform as a mandrel bender would produce, but I had no visible kinks or deformations. The pipe flattens out slightly in the bends, but the smallest diameter and the largest diameter of the bends are still within 90% of the standard pipe diameter (i.e., the pipe didn't flatten out too much). I attached a picture of the roll cage I made. I'm planning on adding on the front portion when I get some more free time.
It'll work OK (not great, but it will work) if you're careful, use pipe (it's NOT a tubing bender), and don't try to do something it's no intended for. Here are some pics of the same bender after the guy tried bending some heavy wall pipe (sch 80 I think). It didn't like it, and started to crack the die. Just something to keep in mind. These rigs are also known for kinking the pipe, so be careful with them.
JEEPN, I tried to bend a sch 80 pipe at work, no go, broke everthing in sight, showed my boss he was wrong, save youself a headache use a rose bud, won't a cage with sch80 pipe weigh more then the sammy? top heavy????????????????
What did the JD2 run you ?
I was told to stuff my pipe with wet sand, it help's.
If you take your time and take it easy you will have better luck.
Mine turned out ok, I will try to post a pic after I get home (for more than five minutes).