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10-19-2010 11:40 PM
MRGM nice any clean. good find.
10-19-2010 10:09 PM
muddi1 I found these and wrote the gentleman...quite a nice guy, he states that he has no issue what so ever with sharing this knowledge......
09-10-2010 12:50 AM
MRGM found this. not bad. would add an adjuster just above the hinge to adjust height of bender and screw tighter.
09-09-2010 10:40 PM
JohnnyK81 I made a half assed one out of 2 piece of angle iron and 2 pieces of flat stock to fit in an H press. I'd like to make a better one for it though.
09-09-2010 09:50 PM
making a metal break

yes I have made one, to build mine I used some one inch plate that I made a basic table with a wall on each side. then I made the locking top with a simple 1" piece of cold roll on the top of the piece and mounted into two slots on each of the side wall so it would pivot up and down. the bottom edge I cut at a 45 with a track torch. the bottom piece is just a simple 1" plate that fits flush with the table and most important is the hinges are 1" steel dowels that are offset so the bottom piece makes a true and straight bend instead of rounding the metal. this particular break will bend 1/8 inch plate 4' wide with ease, I have broken small 1/4" on it pretty good. If you are short on cash, I have seen several ways to use vise grips a couple of pieces of angle iron and go to town. but probably the easiest one I have is a cheep one I bought at one of those traveling tool sells which I reinforced added some hydraulics and wah lah.great machine under $500
02-15-2010 04:37 AM
deadbodyman Dan, I just clicked on you web site .....I just gotta say DAAAAAM!!!!! Beautiful workmanship.....That 28 is awesome....I'm so glad there's others out there that are bringing back the dead ones......Mabee we should switch user names your the man.... Check it out guys
02-14-2010 07:04 PM
hemi43 I made this finger brake a few years ago. Not really what you want fo doing aluminum trim, but it may give you some ideas.
02-14-2010 09:36 AM
Originally Posted by pepi
these shots show parts and a bend/break of an 18 gauge piece of sheet , notice the crisp edge of bend/brake . happy building it was fun and a very useful tool .
Pepi ,did you make that roller too?
02-14-2010 09:33 AM
deadbodyman A basic brake is pretty ez to build I'd start with a simple one and get used to that. Some of these are fantastic and took a lot of thought and time Plus experience to build... They are exactly what a pro needs... but if your only going to use it a couple times you should start simple unless your looking for a great thing I found out is making a small one first (12") is very helpful and handy but you really need one over 4' for making door bottoms(i think mine is 52"... you'll a better one after a while. I'd post some pics but these guys put mine to shame ....I want some plans too....
02-14-2010 09:30 AM
pepi these shots show parts and a bend/break of an 18 gauge piece of sheet , notice the crisp edge of bend/brake . happy building it was fun and a very useful tool .
02-14-2010 09:15 AM
pepi here are some pictures, see if any of the information you are seeking can be seen from these ... It bend, brake 18 gauge sheet .. sorry the pics are cell phone

A vacation project
02-14-2010 07:05 AM
Any pics you can share of your homemade break?

Originally Posted by Fast Eddie D
I made a 48" one for about $60. It's so easy, even a caveman could do it. No plans, just right out of my head. Angle iron, 1/4" stock, square tubing, a bunch of bolts, a couple of hinges is all it is. It works just fine.
I am interested in making my own break for window and door installations.. Will you share some photos of your homemade break?
07-30-2009 03:55 PM
Originally Posted by DanTwoLakes
That's a pretty ingenious trigger you've got there Randy! Is that just an air motor connected to the hydraulic jack?

Thanks Mr.Dan....It's air over Hyd..20 tons..The only thing I regret,It's only 32'' wide.I bent a piece of 5/16'' x 12'' with no trouble...A very good thing to have in your shop..Never thought it would get used as much as I use it..
07-30-2009 03:50 PM
DanTwoLakes That's a pretty ingenious trigger you've got there Randy! Is that just an air powered gear motor connected to the hydraulic jack?
07-30-2009 03:47 PM
Jon Anyone have plans? Can we post them to the wiki?
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