After using a cheap HF bender for years, I stepped it up a little.
I started by living on UToob for a while picking thru features on different videos to implement into mine!
I started with a horizontal manual Woodward Fab bender and 1-1/2" 5" CLR die.
I'm past bending stuff manually and while pumping a hydraulic jack is easier than manual, a HF air/hydraulic RAM is much easier.
While I like how well the Woodward Fab bender works, I don't like it laying down and prefer vertical as I can use a pair of digital angle finders to fine tune the bend.
I also didn't like most of the add-on attachments to install the RAM as they clamp on the thin wall outer oil chamber on the ram and put a lot of side load on the ram.
I started with a standard Woodward Fab manual tube/pipe bender like this, minus the cute blue stand.
The finished bender looks like this and works quite well.
The frame is made out of 2x2x1/4" square tubing and braced well to stand up to pressure generated by 8 ton ram.
I still need to spin up a knob on my lathe for the bleeder screw so you can turn it without the handle.
Added an adjustable pipe rest and parking pegs for 2 extra sets of bending dies.
The degree wheel helps quite a bit - just install tube and tighten up the die by applying a little pressure to the bend, then set copper pointer to zero.
You have to go past 90 a little due to spring back but after a couple of practice bends with each thickness of tube, you can overshoot and then spring back to really consistent bends.
First 1-1/2" OD .095 DOM steel tubing bend - lesson one: clean tube better before bending but it will be all new tubing for the forseeible future!