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Old 09-24-2016, 11:27 PM
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Building Lumber Rack

Hay guys, havn't been on here in a while, or built anything for a while for that matter, sold my bender, notcher ect about 3 years back due to kids and lack of time. Getting back on the horse and ordering a modle 3. I am first going to build a few lumber racks for my work trucks. Going to use 1.5 inch, what is the most common 1.5 shoe because after the racks I will be probubly be building a few cages. Recomondations? (I don't rember what shoe I use to have) Best tube notcher for the money?
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:18 PM
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Welcome back!

I have a 6.5" CLR die for 1.5" because I do bend some 0.065" and 0.058" wall. If you aren't going to be bending stuff that light, I would look at either a 4.5" or 5.5" CLR because the tighter radius is easier to fit in places because it doesn't take so much room. They rate the 5.5" CLR for 0.083" wall, and the 4.5" for 0.095".

I have a Baileigh TN-250 notcher that I like quite a bit because it can notch on bends which is something most other notchers won't do because they need several inches of straight tube to grab ahold of. JD2 sells their Notchmaster for about half of what the TN-250 goes for, and it looks like a really solid piece. SWAG Offroad sells some accessories for the Notchmaster that extend its capabilities quite a bit, and would still cost less than the Baileigh notcher.

Here's the new SWAG piece to allow notching on a bend. Very clever.

http://www.swagoffroad.com/JD2-Notch...OAT_p_135.html

And their "reach-around" arm to allow notching shallower angles.

http://www.swagoffroad.com/JD2-Notch...ound_p_49.html

FWIW, the Baileigh notcher is made here in the USA by RMD, if that matters to you. All of the JD2 and SWAG stuff is made in the USA also.
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Old 09-26-2016, 03:28 PM
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I agree with going with the tightest CLR that you can for the wall thickness you think you will be bending. On JD2's website, the dies list the minimum wall thickness for each CLR.

As for a notcher, I have been wanting to upgrade mine to something better for some time now. I did have my mind made up on the Baileigh TN-250 but then I saw Rogue Fab's notcher and now I am trying to decide between the two. The JD2 Notchmaster is a nice notcher as well.
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:39 AM
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Thanks guys, I appriciate the reply, I think I will get the 5.5, probubly going to be using HRWE rather than DOM since it isnt a cage or bumper, thoughts?
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Old 09-27-2016, 12:41 PM
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Thanks guys, I appriciate the reply, I think I will get the 5.5, probubly going to be using HRWE rather than DOM since it isnt a cage or bumper, thoughts?
I think that's a good way to save a few bucks and use material that's appropriate for the application. DOM would be overkill unless you're putting stuff up there that's a lot heavier than I want to lift!
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Old 09-27-2016, 01:06 PM
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If you are buying new, I would recommend the Model 32. It is worth the price difference IMO.

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Old 09-28-2016, 07:05 PM
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If you are buying new, I would recommend the Model 32. It is worth the price difference IMO.

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Definitely, the manual parts (ratchet and anti-spring back pin) are worth it if that is all you ever did with it.
The extra capacity and beef are icing.
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Old 09-29-2016, 07:11 AM
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If you are buying new, I would recommend the Model 32. It is worth the price difference IMO.

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Have bought a model 32 I also agree with this and having the ability to bend box section is also nice,

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Old 09-29-2016, 07:46 AM
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Have bought a model 32 I also agree with this and having the ability to bend box section is also nice,

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I see they have square dies for the Model 32 up to 2". That would come in handy. I have gotten 3/4" and 1" square dies for my Model 4 this year and I have used them quite a bit. I always hated working with square tube before, but now that I can bend it, I like it a lot!
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Old 09-29-2016, 04:05 PM
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I bought the 32 with 5.5 die, figgured since it goes up to 2.5 inch I could bend large ridged conduit with it for work as well
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:02 PM
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What wall WHRE would you guys recommend for a lumber rack?
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:21 AM
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If it was mine, I would use 0.120" wall HREW. That's probably the most commonly stocked wall thickness in 1.5" OD, too, so it should be easy to find.
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Old 10-03-2016, 10:18 AM
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Awesome thanks
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