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post #1 of 24 Old 01-29-2011, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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anyone used a harbor freight 18 ton pipe bender

hey im think of getting a 20 ton pipe bender from harbor freight and i want to see if any one has used it and weather it will cut it to bend some pipe for a stinger and maybe some one inch to make some rocker guards/ steps even if i have to use my torch to heat it befor bending thats fine with me


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post #2 of 24 Old 01-29-2011, 06:51 AM
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It is a kinker!

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I haven't used it, but I have read enough about the HF pipe benders to say...
If your bending PIPE, it will probably do just fine. PIPE ≠ TUBE, they have different OD, and it will kink tube without a lot of extra work.

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I haven't used it, but I have read enough about the HF pipe benders to say...
If your bending PIPE, it will probably do just fine. PIPE ≠ TUBE, they have different OD, and it will kink tube without a lot of extra work.
X2. You will kink your tubing with a pipe bender.

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I have not personally used it but I have heard that it will bend tubing ok if you pack the tubing with sand and seal off the ends. Just throwing that out there.
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im not looking to bend like exhaust tubing i want to bend some stuff to make a roof rack and some side steps and stuff

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I have one it makes kinks not bends.

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post #8 of 24 Old 01-29-2011, 08:58 PM
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http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...der-94623.html
has anyone had experience with this bender? I would be using it to make a custom bumper and maybe tube fenders.
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post #9 of 24 Old 01-29-2011, 10:09 PM
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has anyone had experience with this bender? I would be using it to make a custom bumper and maybe tube fenders.
Did you see this....

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* Great for copper and aluminum tubing
* Bends to 180
* Handles tubing as thick as 18 gauge
* 29" handle for leverage and control
* For 1/2" and 7/8" diameter tubing
That's not what you're looking for.

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post #10 of 24 Old 01-30-2011, 12:04 AM
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You can use it..but you are going to need to do some modifications to it. You will need to make some pieces that go ontop of your shoes to keep the tube from walking up. Then you are going to have to take the shoes with you when you get your tubing and get the size that actually fits the show. Then you are going to need to fill it with sand and pack it in. It bends square tubing great after you build a show for it..lol. I used it for everything on my Jeep. Look up my projects on here they all start with "my turn to build..". If you are looking for a really cheap alternitive to buying a more expensive bender then the dies associated with it, then get this one.

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wow i read that but for some reason it didnt register... does anyone have any recommendations for an affordable tube bender?
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wow i read that but for some reason it didnt register... does anyone have any recommendations for an affordable tube bender?
Well, if you are a do-it-yourself guy, which is appears you are, then there is a guy selling plans for one hereTube Bender I have these plans and this is a VERY good bender. All in all it will cost you are bout $350ish to make. But when you are done you will have yourself a great tube bender!

Click on the link then click "proceed to website"

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i bought one and only use it for construction now lol. wast of time and money!

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I got one and tried to bend some 1" conduit. It folded it in half and the bender went back to HF.

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post #15 of 24 Old 02-03-2011, 03:23 PM
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believe it or not I did some nice 90 degree bends with 1" and 3/4" sch 40 aluminum pipe with one of these benders. The trick was to aneal it first. I blackened the bend areas with acetylene only and then burnt the soot off with a neutral flame (the temp neede to burn soot is close to the anealing temp needed) and as soon as the soot was gone I quenched the pipe in cold water. After that it bends nicely.
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