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murphle
Mar 4, 2004



LobsterboyX posted:

anyone have a tubing bender? not like brake lines but 1 inch up round bar?

HF strikes again with lovely products that might cause you to loose a finger or put out an eye...

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=32888

can give me reasons not to buy it?

Here's one reason: it's not a tubing bender. Just like it says on the webpage, it's a pipe bender, i.e. schedule 40 plumbing pipe. The dies that HF's pipe bender come with are sized for standard plumbing pipe outside diameters, which are different than structural tubing OD's. If you try to put 1" tubing in this thing, you will oval-ize the portion in the die since it fits incorrectly, and you should expect to put two dents in the tubing where the followers contact. It's not much kinder to real pipe, but it will work for that purpose. The pipe will come out slightly deformed through the radius of the bend.

The pipe bender provides a great workout though, since you'll be pumping the thing all day to get the bend you want.

That pipe bender got a lot of coverage on 4x4 boards a few years back as lots of people rushed out and tried to use them to bend structural tubing for roll cages and bumpers on a budget. If you poke around you'll find lots of advice on how to jerry-rig the thing to get it to make somewhat acceptable bends in tubing, but you'll also see how much of a headache it can be. The advent of affordable tubing benders has allowed most DIY'ers to step up to a decent bender with properly sized dies and followers.

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