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Unread 02-07-2010, 02:20 PM   #1
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Does the Harbor Freight pipe bender work?

I was thinking of buying this pipe bender - Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices Just want to know if any of you have any experience with it. I am not using it to build a whole cage or anything, just some smaller jobs like maybe a small hoop for my front bumper, maybe some tube fenders and some rock sliders. I won't be bending any pipe over 1.5" I don't want to buy it if it isn't going to work or if it kinks or crimps the pipe. Thanks.

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Unread 02-07-2010, 03:28 PM   #2
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I just called my buddy that has one of these.

He told me that they have a tendency to crimp or kink the material you are trying to bend. However, if you get pipe that fits snugly into the dies the chances that it will bend are reduced. He also told me that if you fill the pipe with sand it WILL NOT kink.

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Unread 02-07-2010, 03:34 PM   #3
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Check out YouTube, there's a number of videos on there with guys using those pretty successfully.
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It will work the first time, the second time the pipe will break the pipe bender machine.



I still shop there though..
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Unread 02-07-2010, 04:31 PM   #5
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It does work, like said above make sure there is no slop between the pipe and the die, and use thick wall pipe. It will reduce your chances of kinking.
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It's a "pipe" bender, not a "tubing" bender.
Roll bars etc... are made of tubing.
It will work, but not as well as a proper tubing bender.
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It's a "pipe" bender, not a "tubing" bender.
Roll bars etc... are made of tubing.
It will work, but not as well as a proper tubing bender.
My $ .02
Exactly what he said. It is a pipe bender and that is why there is slop in the dies if you try bending tube. Pipe is measured in I.D. while tube is measured in O.D. I have seen them used with some success but like some stated they do have a tendence to kink and the rollers sometimes leave flat spots on the pipe. They seem to work best if you keep the rollers all the way out. For small jobs like tube fenders I think you could get away with it but I am not sure you would be able to bend something more than 90* without kinking the pipe.
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I just called my buddy that has one of these.

He told me that they have a tendency to crimp or kink the material you are trying to bend. However, if you get pipe that fits snugly into the dies the chances that it will bend are reduced. He also told me that if you fill the pipe with sand it WILL NOT kink.

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Very big help. If I try this one, I will use sand. Thanks.
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Unread 02-07-2010, 08:32 PM   #10
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Check out YouTube, there's a number of videos on there with guys using those pretty successfully.
Thanks, will do.
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Unread 02-07-2010, 08:36 PM   #11
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I totally understand, that is why I am trying to figure out if I can make it work. I don't need it for anything special but I figure if I can get a handful of decent bends out of it I could stand to save some money. I might just give it a shot and do a write up as I go.
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they work ok you get what you pay for but it is a good way to learn.
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It's a "pipe" bender, not a "tubing" bender.
Roll bars etc... are made of tubing.
It will work, but not as well as a proper tubing bender.
My $ .02
Right on, I here what you are saying. I just don't have room or the funds for a full blown tubing bender since I just need to make a few bends. I'll see what happens. I might learn the hard way like everything else
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There is a reason why we nick named my old "pipe bender" the kinker....
Junk, and not worth buying one to bend TUBING.
I would look for a used tubing bender on Pirate etc.

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I just called my buddy that has one of these.

He told me that they have a tendency to crimp or kink the material you are trying to bend. However, if you get pipe that fits snugly into the dies the chances that it will bend are reduced. He also told me that if you fill the pipe with sand it WILL NOT kink.

Hope this helps.
I have one of these and aggree with everything you have said.
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