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Old 01-06-2016, 02:58 PM
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Metal/Tube Bending

Iíve been looking at getting a metal and tubing bender lately. Want something to keep around the shop and do a little bit of everything. I found some hydraulic ones, but with the accessories I want it would be a small fortune. Looked at Chicom Freight of course but I don't really like offshore tools.

I found these ones that appear to be us made and with a good warranty. Howron Industries Metal Benders

Anyone have any "direct" experience with these benders or another option I should look into?

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The one you linked to is what we call a strap bender for bending stuff like brackets and such...I have one in my shop..

for tube you need one of these..

JD2 model three: JD Squared, Inc. - Model 3 Bender

that is what I have in the shop..bends about anything I need to do for cages chassis and headers..

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Sam thanks for the reply and the help. I saw those but the price of the dies has me concerned.Plus I want something that can do a decent job at about any task, not just stuck into tube bending only.

Could I not do the same with the one I linked and these? Or is there something I am missing?
Round Tubing Dies : Aluminum Tube Bender : MetalBendingTool.com
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Benders are fairly specialized items. My tube bender goes up to 2 inch tube and handles 1 3/4 120 wall DOM easily as well as having dies available for about any size or shape including square tubing.. the little flat bar bender we use for making hinges and brackets.. I have not in 50 years found any one size fits all bender. On the jd2 just order the die you will be using and as needed if you have a project that needs a different size. I do not have every die made for mine just the sizes that I need..

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