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Old 02-02-2007, 09:07 PM
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I don't know your budget... or if you plan on doing this sort of thing more then once, but I have always been a sucker for GOOD tools, and never mine did saving for them. If I was to buy a Tubing Bender it would not be from Northern Tools, nothing wrong with Northern Tools, just not for a bender. I would look around and try places that sold professional fabricating tools like Trick Tools, they have everything from pro to beginer.
I recently purchased a bending outfit from them and they are a joy to work with, both before and after the sale. A good bender represents a huge financial undertaking, and you'll find the bigest expense is the dies, and not really the bender itself.
I bought the JD2 Model 4 Bender with hydraulic power, cart and 6 sets of dies. So far the bender has worked great and is everything I wanted. Good luck with yours.

Features:

Hydraulic powered
Easy setup and operation
Self locking ratchet. Prevents material springback.
Large radius degree wheel
Quick change dies
High bending torque over 60,000 in./lbs.
Durable heavy duty steel construction
Ships UPS
Capacity:
Round tubing to 2-1/2" (.120" Wall)
Square tubing to 1-1/2"
Pipe up to 2" schedule 40 and 1-1/2" schedule 80
Flats up to 3" wide and 3/4" thick
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