Tube Bender

mac11 Nov 13, 2013

  1. mac11

    mac11 Bought an X

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    I'm in the market for a tube bender. I like teh JDsquared unit, I see the the plans posted a few threads down about the DIY air-over-hydraulic unit and I see this over on Pirate4x4


    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/tool...air-hydro-tubing-bender-595-1-75-die-det.html



    theoretically i'm getting into some repetitive fabrication so a powered unit would be idea but if I can keep from spending $3-5,000 I would be a lot better off.

    Anyone have any thoughts? experiance?


    thanks


    mac
     
  2. AZhiAZiAM

    AZhiAZiAM Suspension Lift

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    i've actually used that bender, it works awesome, the only problem we had was buying dyes they were SO expensive. but the bender alone worked great for us.
     
  3. TheFauxFox

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    Dies are the worst part about tube benders. They're expensive. I've seen a few of those hydraulic benders and they've worked quite well.
     
  4. AZhiAZiAM

    AZhiAZiAM Suspension Lift

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    ya we were paying a pretty portion for them to
     
  5. mac11

    mac11 Bought an X

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    you mean the rogue bender i assume?

    so i shouldn't have any reservations about picking one up?
     
  6. TheFauxFox

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    Not that one specifically, but ones made from DIY write-ups. Several university teams use them.
     
  7. mac11

    mac11 Bought an X

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    ah

    you know of any in the area for sale?
     
  8. TKDx00

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    I got the JDSquared w/ a 2" 180* die and I love it. Plan to get the 1" & 1.5" also. Mine is the manual model but can be upgraded to hydraulic.
     
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    yea i looked at that too, and even though the dies are roughly the same cost the ROGUE bender comes with a die so the total cost to be ready to bend is ~$200 cheaper, would need a stand or work surface to be bolted to and uses the same HF ram so bending speed should be roughly the same.


    Is the JD2 $200 better?
     
  10. mac11

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    Not trying to be argumentative, looking for genuine conversation here so please don't take this that way. Both units have features I like that the other doesn't. I'm trying to figure out how to assign a value to those things before I thrown down cash.

    The thing I see about what you said is someone could have said the exact same thing about whatever product JD2 came out to compete with. And the is $X savings worth it road is a slippery slope until you're spending 10-100X's as much as you wanted to.

    I realize that for some thing I will have to bite the bullet and spend out on, and maybe this is one of them, thats what I'm trying to figure out. But If I just spent 40% more - (($200 difference/$500 base price) * 100 )= 40% - I would never weld a bracket or a bumper before I went broke. The JD2 may be the top of the heap in the entry level rotary draw type bender category but I have to qualify and quantify spending extra on it. If I can, or if I have to, then I have to.

    So I'm trying to justify spending the extra $, or not.
     
  11. mac11

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    Well I just found out the die I want from the Rogue - 6" CLR - is $150 more than the 4.5" CLR standard die. Makes the difference marginal. Looks like JD2 wins in a even money situation.
     
  12. TKDx00

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    If you haven't made up your mind yet, talk to Mike @ WWW dot M-TECHSALES dot COM. He's a distributor for JDSquared and got me a great deal off thier prices.
     
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  13. mac11

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    can you PM me your name so I know who to tell him referred me?


    thanks for the heads up.
     
  14. mac11

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    Do you happen to know if the hydraulic adapter kit offered from JD squared (LINK) will work with the HF ram? Or do you know the OD of that ram? Its the same price as the Swab adapter but requires no welding for setup and wouldn't require a 2nd shipping charge. Would love to order everything from the same place, if possible.







     
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    bummer.
     
  16. TKDx00

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    PM sent.
     
  17. Dephep

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    I have the JD2 32 bender with the HF air over hydraulic cylinder. [​IMG]
     
  18. Dephep

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    Oh yea, and I love this thing.
     
  19. RATTFINK

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    I have the same JD2 32, but manual.
     
  20. Dephep

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    the upgrade is pretty cheap and well worth it for my tired old butt.
     
  21. mac11

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    That's the setup I ended up going with


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  22. TKDx00

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    Started making a stand for the Tube bender. Couldn't justify the $135 to buy one when I had all this extra metal laying around. The Cutter stand from Longevity is 3', which is a bit on the short side for me so I'm making mine 4'. Ran out of shielded wire just as I was tacking the last piece on. So I went to cut the 3/4" mounting holes, then found out that my little air compressor won't keep up with the plasma cutter. Time for a larger one.
     

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