Who has one of these and are they worth the money? I am looking to start a fab shop dealing with bikes and jeeps and the like. I will be bending handlebars, hardtail sections for sportsters, bumpers, sliders, cages etc.. This will be a part time gig that I want to turn into full time over the next 3-5 years. When possible I do not like to buy tools to have to upgrade later. I would rather buy something oversized for my current needs and grow into it. While I will not be doing production runs necessarily, I want a production type bender. I know that I want hydraulic. I am a firm believer in the "time is money" philosophy. This is to compliment my growing selection of tools. I currently have a lagun mill, Southbend lathe, Quincy compressor (80 gallon), Syncrowave 250, millermatic 252, hypertherm plasma, oxy/acetylene, grinders, etc...
A buddy of mine has one, he switched from the 52 (insurance covered it after a truck fell off of jackstands and crunched it after it was hit by a customers truck that rolled into his shop).
He loves it.
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I don't have the jd2 model 52 but I did buy the Jd2 model 32 and did the Swag off road air/hydraulic upgrade. Basically the same thing as the model 52 but about 2k less for everything. I bent 1.75 x 1/4" thick DOM round tubing the other day and it was just pushing a button. For a total of $800 Including the die. Just my .02
pirate4x4.com would probably be a better place to ask for a review on this bender. This forums kinda more of a beginners forum, and that's a more advanced shop tool. Based on price alone anyway. Most people aren't spending 3k on a bender here.
I have used this bender to do an off road class 1-type pre-runner. We had the air/hydraulic option as well which was nice. The bender made really good bends and the degree tool is useful. After using that then trying to build some cages on my own, I wouldn't spend all that money. I am looking at building a GotTrikes bender. It uses a Harbor Freight hydraulic jack and you build the frame. If you have the metal and tools, you can build this one for about 500-600 dollars; dies come from Pro-tools.
There is another company now that sells a model that you can buy for 600 and it comes with 1 die.
It really depends on how much bending you plan on doing and how many dies you'll end up needing. After a couple of tube size dies, you're up to over 1000 bucks...
I just picked up a Mittler Brothers 900 Bender with 4 dies and pump for $400. I got it at a steal considering after some research I have about 3k in a bender if purchased new. I plan on trying it out this weekend if I can get in the garage to do so. I will let you know what happens.