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Unread 12-08-2013, 11:26 PM   #16
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I have and use the HF pipe bender, its extremely limiting but works for simple stuff. If I were to build just one cage I would definitely buy a real tube bender.
You really can't bend anything bigger than 1" pipe (1.33"OD) to 90*. The 1" nominal pipe bends pretty good without filling with sand. 1.5" pipe (1.90"OD) can be bent to 60* if filled with sand. I use pipe size tubing, not astm rated pipe.

Center hoop with 1.5" nominal pipe size tube.


Rack made with 1" nominal pipe size tube and 1"x 0.95" hrew tube (straight cross bars)


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Unread 12-10-2013, 11:35 AM   #17
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Not bad. But figure that the cheapo bender will cost 110 or so and marginal at best. I pay 150 for the jd2 (die separate 250) buy sometimes I see the bender and a die at package deal price. Also takes guess work out as there isn't a degree wheel on the cheap one.
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Unread 12-10-2013, 01:59 PM   #18
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Forgot to mention too that the cheap pipe benders are limited to 90*. there are 180* dies for the JD2 which is almost mandatory for a lot of tube fab jobs.
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Unread 12-12-2013, 08:34 AM   #19
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Can a 180* die bend 90*?? As in 1-180 ??
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Unread 12-12-2013, 12:03 PM   #20
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Can a 180* die bend 90*?? As in 1-180 ??
Yes. A 180 die can bend from 1-180. A 90 die can bend from 1 to only 90.
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Unread 12-19-2013, 06:22 AM   #21
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Don't even think of making 180 deg. bends with these machines unless you have very narrow tubing.
i.e. OD 25 mm or so.
Tubing OD 40+ mm & 2mm walls - no chance you make kink-free or not flattened bends without madrell and serious machine with price tag far beyond jd2.
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Unread 12-23-2013, 07:59 AM   #22
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My jd2 makes amazing 180* with no issues. Shock hoops are cake, I can almost do a complete circle (though I haven't tried to make perfect circles) I believe my dies are ~240*.

That's with 1.5" .120 Dom or hrew.
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Unread 12-23-2013, 01:05 PM   #23
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Don't even think of making 180 deg. bends with these machines unless you have very narrow tubing.
i.e. OD 25 mm or so.
Tubing OD 40+ mm & 2mm walls - no chance you make kink-free or not flattened bends without madrell and serious machine with price tag far beyond jd2.


my Pro tools makes a very nice 180* bend with minimal tube flattening. i do 90* + bends on a regular basis without issue. no kinks and minor flattening so i don't know what you are referring to in this post.
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Unread 12-23-2013, 04:11 PM   #24
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I think he was referring to the cheap eBay/HF benders.
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