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Bender #8341022 08/04/21 02:23 PM
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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.
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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.
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Added an adjustable pipe rest and parking pegs for 2 extra sets of bending dies.
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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.
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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!
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Last edited by Vern1; 08/04/21 02:27 PM.

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Re: Bender [Re: Vern1] #8341172 08/04/21 04:57 PM
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Very nice looking rig you ended up with. Well done on your design and implementation.

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Nice work man

Re: Bender [Re: Vern1] #8342779 08/06/21 02:49 AM
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i like the detail in the copper pointer/indicater! nice! nerf bars to roll cage to bumpers! but ya mite be compromised on longer tube bends? how is that young lady doing this year?

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Re: Bender [Re: Vern1] #8342831 08/06/21 04:05 AM
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Clean the tube and use lube, you’ll get better bends. I’m liking what you did there and I think I’ll copy that. You can color fill the degree wheel pretty easily to make the numbers easier to see.

What are you using for a tubing notcher?


Last edited by BigPig; 08/06/21 04:09 AM.

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