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Unread 11-13-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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Buying a used tubing bender

As the title says, I'm looking at a used tubing bender. The owner doesn't know who made it. Over all it appears to be in fair to average condition. My concern is the dies, How much wider should the tubing be at the center of the bend? The tubing I tested was 2"-1/8" wall-DOM, the tube was 2.1" at the center of the bend. What is considered excessive? Are the dies worn out? I can post pics of the measurements if I didn't explain it well enough. Thanks in advance, Ron

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Unread 11-13-2013, 06:01 PM   #2
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If it's a "Rotary pull-thru" bender, you shouldn't get much wear in the dies at all. It's the follower that wears as the tube slides thru it. On my JD2 bender, the followers are aluminum and easy to replace.

The other areas I'd check, are the pins and pin holes... make sure they're not all galled up or wallowed out... or bent pins..etc.

I've never measured, but 2"dia tube flattening out to 2.1" in the radius is probably about right.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, I didn't think it was excessive, but I don't bend tubing for a living. I'll look closer at the pins and rollers. Thanks for the input Besrk, Ron
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