Go Back OFN Forums > Shop and Tool Talk > Benders and Bending

Benders and Bending Which bender is best? How do you use a bender? How do you calculate bends? Everything Bender related...


Benders and Bending Which bender is best? How do you use a bender? How do you calculate bends? Everything Bender related...

View Poll Results: How do you drive your tube bender?
Manual or ratchet / cheater bar 59 28.92%
Harbor Freight air-hydraulic jack 63 30.88%
SPX or Enerpac type air-hydraulic 29 14.22%
Electric hydraulic 44 21.57%
Other 9 4.41%
Voters: 204. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 07-14-2010, 12:53 PM
TheBandit's Avatar
TheBandit TheBandit is offline
Instagram @chevyhotrodder
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ventura County CA
Posts: 4,330
How do you drive your tube bender?

What method do you currently use to drive your tube bender? Please respond to the poll and tell us what you think of your drive method.

Manual or ratchet / cheater bar


Harbor Freight air-hydraulic jack


SPX or Enerpac type air-hydraulic


Electric hydraulic


Other
__________________
Clint

Don't limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.

Last edited by TheBandit; 07-14-2010 at 01:03 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-14-2010, 01:29 PM
jackalope's Avatar
jackalope jackalope is offline
Master Fabricator
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: St. Peters, MO near St. Louis
Posts: 1,433
Now what are you up to!?!? :-)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-14-2010, 01:40 PM
Rock4XFab's Avatar
Rock4XFab Rock4XFab is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Illinois/Wisc border Name Scott Yach
Posts: 2,099
Hydrolic unit from Pro-tools... It works great but Slow for some of the production runs I do.
__________________
I was not born in the DARK...........................................I had a torch in my Hand


http://rock4xfabrication.com
1-847-672-9653
1-847-544-1823
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-14-2010, 01:47 PM
Nutz4sand's Avatar
Nutz4sand Nutz4sand is offline
Master Fabricator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 459
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rock4XFab View Post
Hydrolic unit from Pro-tools... It works great but Slow for some of the production runs I do.
Air over hydraulic or their electric over hydraulic? I only ask cause I am curious if the electric over hydraulic they sell is slow?

Last edited by Nutz4sand; 07-14-2010 at 01:48 PM. Reason: spullin
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-14-2010, 02:53 PM
Graham08's Avatar
Graham08 Graham08 is offline
Master Fabricator
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Denver, NC
Posts: 1,724
I'm currently running an air over hydraulic setup on my JD2 Model 4. It's okay (huge step up from the manual Model 3 I had for several years) but slow. The flip side is that it's pretty easy to sneak up on your bend angle to get exactly what you want. Also, you need a pretty substantial air compressor to run one very much...they need a lot of volume.

I would like to upgrade to electric/hydraulic sometime in the future.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-14-2010, 03:55 PM
ferociousllama's Avatar
ferociousllama ferociousllama is offline
Master Fabricator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 162
I run the SPX ram and an enerpack electric pump. It's slow...but it was cheap and it didn't require me making a big cart for it.


Are there more pictures of the "other" tube bender? Thats genius with the winch pulling and turning the die. I'd like to see more pictures of that.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-14-2010, 03:59 PM
Captainfab's Avatar
Captainfab Captainfab is offline
Master Fabricator
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Coeur d'Alene Idaho
Posts: 2,737
Air over hydraulic. My pump is an old OTC and is a bit slow, but as Graham08said, that makes it easy to sneak up on your bend angle. I've had plans to convert to electric hydraulic, but as little as the bender gets used anymore, I don't know when that may happen.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-14-2010, 04:24 PM
TheBandit's Avatar
TheBandit TheBandit is offline
Instagram @chevyhotrodder
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ventura County CA
Posts: 4,330
Quote:
Originally Posted by ferociousllama View Post
Are there more pictures of the "other" tube bender? Thats genius with the winch pulling and turning the die. I'd like to see more pictures of that.
http://www.offroadfabnet.com/forums/...powered+bender

http://www.offroadfabnet.com/forums/...powered+bender
__________________
Clint

Don't limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-14-2010, 05:13 PM
1sok's Avatar
1sok 1sok is offline
Master Fabricator
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Fort Pierce Florida
Posts: 163
Electric Hydro, 220v, 5 hp, 3000psi hydraulic power unit from an elevator

it also serves as ballast on my bender cart, weighs about 200 lbs.

it was free


bob
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-14-2010, 05:20 PM
Nutz4sand's Avatar
Nutz4sand Nutz4sand is offline
Master Fabricator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 459
I was standard Protools ratchet lever (sucked) on my 105 and I tried a Harbor "frieght" air over hydraulic long ram jack but figured I was not gonna listen to my compressor that much. Might put the jack in my engine hoist...

So MY benders getting a stand built as I get to it and it has a Haldex 120 volt pump/reservoir feeding a Parker Hydraulic trunion mount cylinder via a woodsplitter type valve.

Pics at eleven. (2011 they way I am going about it!! :] )
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 07-14-2010, 05:26 PM
Rock4XFab's Avatar
Rock4XFab Rock4XFab is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Illinois/Wisc border Name Scott Yach
Posts: 2,099
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nutz4sand View Post
Air over hydraulic or their electric over hydraulic? I only ask cause I am curious if the electric over hydraulic they sell is slow?
Electric over oil... It is faster then the air and quiter but I still could use a little more speed... No biggy still saving pennies for the Baileigh unit.
__________________
I was not born in the DARK...........................................I had a torch in my Hand


http://rock4xfabrication.com
1-847-672-9653
1-847-544-1823
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 07-14-2010, 05:46 PM
Rokcrler's Avatar
Rokcrler Rokcrler is offline
Master Fabricator
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Hsv. Ala
Posts: 700
Sold my Model 3 with HF ram, worked well upgraded to Model 32 with SPX cylinder, no hydro supply yet, prob gonna use a 120v hydro unit i have laying around
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 07-14-2010, 06:08 PM
4whlflop's Avatar
4whlflop 4whlflop is offline
Fabricator
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Burley, Idaho
Posts: 58
I made the Got trikes bender and used the HF air/hydro ram. It works good but is fairly slow. I would like to upgrade some day soon.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 07-14-2010, 06:21 PM
shaggy10000's Avatar
shaggy10000 shaggy10000 is offline
Master Fabricator
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Wickenburg, AZ
Posts: 1,205
custom built electric/hydro.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 07-14-2010, 07:09 PM
FrogDog's Avatar
FrogDog FrogDog is offline
Master Fabricator
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada
Posts: 3,152
SPX air/hydra ... I like the slow bending cause I charge by the minute .. also slow bending is less stretch to the tube, therefore less waste....



Dog.....
__________________
'Dog' is Never Wrong, Only Mistakin'
FrogDog FabWorx
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 07-14-2010, 07:16 PM
BDR's Avatar
BDR BDR is offline
Master Fabricator
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: CA
Posts: 345
I stand there and row the boat.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 07-14-2010, 08:55 PM
ScooteK's Avatar
ScooteK ScooteK is offline
Master Fabricator
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: southern california
Posts: 1,452
Row that boat!

Adjustable speed, variable pricing.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 07-14-2010, 09:05 PM
dedmetal's Avatar
dedmetal dedmetal is offline
Master Fabricator
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: El Paso, TX
Posts: 318
air over hyd trapazoid frame a lot faster than spx cyl. and capable of 90* without repinning

Last edited by dedmetal; 07-14-2010 at 09:08 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 07-15-2010, 04:15 AM
zag's Avatar
zag zag is offline
Fabricator
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 67
3 phase 400v 1.5kw built electric hydraulic 4000psi. chain/ram driven.
~270 degrees one shot. plenty of speed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47QjQpqdMts

Last edited by zag; 08-27-2010 at 08:32 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 07-15-2010, 10:17 AM
RE:Todd's Avatar
RE:Todd RE:Todd is offline
Junior Fabricator
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 19
Harbor Freight ram on my JD
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:14 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Template-Modifications by TMS
Copyright 2012, Offroad Fabrication Network