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Unread 02-23-2010, 11:23 AM   #1
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Woodward Fab small tubing bender, thoughts???

I am looking into a small tubing bender for the racks I make. I found this one with decent reviews at summit: Woodward Fab SPBENDKIT - Woodward Fab Pipe and Tubing Bending Kits - Overview - SummitRacing.com

Before someone says it, I am very well aware this is not going to do cages etc. I build roof racks and tire rack baskets and being able to round the corners of the 3/4" tubing would be nice.

Here is the info on the woodward fab site:
*Make Smooth Kink Free Bends Easy
*Rugged Cast Iron Construction
*Threaded Adjustments
*Extension Handle
*Mount to a Bench Top or Clamp in a Vise

Kit Includes Storage Case, Cast Iron Base, Handle, Cast Iron Dies, 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 9/16", 3/4", 7/8" for rounds and 3/4" and 1" for Square Tube.


Has anyone ever used one of these, or can someone recommend something else besides this??? It is within my budget and seems to be decently built.

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Unread 02-23-2010, 08:59 PM   #2
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Hi Patrick,

I saw that thread the other day. Seems like it'd do the trick at least for a while for the price.

I do not know anybody who has one - so no direct info there.

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I've never used one, but I did see them using one on one of the PowerBlock shows. I've considered getting one too for the same types of projects. Keep us posted if you get one.
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Most likely will be ordering it at the end of the week. Will let you know.
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Well I bit the bullet and bought it. Have only had a chance to make two bends before it started to move my work bench lol. Very nice for the quality of tool. I will post up some pics in the next few days after I get a small project done. It bends smooth and consistant. No kinks. A small tool mark at the beginning of the bend where it holds the tub in place but that comes right off when sanding for paint. Not a bad mark.

The only negative so far is the paint they used on the dies. It is almost like the grease they used is rubbing the paint off. My gloves were silver after the first bend. So I will be cleaning them up and repainting them before too long.

The square dies have a bevel inside the die that helps keep the inner edge of the tub indented in to prevent buckling. All square tub is going to indent on the inner and outer edges when you bend it.

Again, for the price of the tool, it is not bad at all.

I also picked up one of these for practically free off ebay. It is to make gutter mounts for my roof racks:
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Rusty, how is that bender working out for you???
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It works great. I will get some pics of my work with it in the next few days. Am out of town at the moment.

It is well worth the money for what I need it to do.

EDIT, they both work great. lol.
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I build roof racks and tire rack baskets
Do you have any pictures?
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So after almost flipping my workbench over with this thing, I have decided to make an upgrade to the stand. A 2" receiver in the ground with 6" of concrete then dirt and grass back over it. basically a hidden mount in my backyard so that I can just throw the bender stand in it and start working, I don't have a garage.


The stand fabrication is coming shortly
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So after almost flipping my workbench over with this thing, I have decided to make an upgrade to the stand. A 2" receiver in the ground with 6" of concrete then dirt and grass back over it. basically a hidden mount in my backyard so that I can just throw the bender stand in it and start working, I don't have a garage.


The stand fabrication is coming shortly
Bet you have a hard time moving that!
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Bet you have a hard time moving that!
LOL If I ever move, I will just leave it there for someone to find.
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If you ever move and somebody finds your bender mount they'll sure have to wonder what it's for. lol Unless of course it's another guy that likes making his own stuff.

That looks to be a very well made tool. Looking forward to seeing how it works.
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So I broke down and bought one of those woodward benders from summit racing, and went to use it this weekend. I had some issues, I went to use the 1" square die and it was warped or forged wrong. I didn't figure this out until I could only get about 15 deg bend and the roller was tearing into the tube. I called up summit and they are paying for return shipping and sending me a new one. Hopefully it was a fluke...I will let you know. I can say that summit customer service is very good so far. I will keep you all informed....
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So I got another bender from summit whose customer service seems to be wonderful, and I am still rather disappointed. I bought some 1" square tubing to use and after I started my first bend it started to bend the threaded part which keeps tension on the die. I don't know if the 1" I got was just too much for it. Advertised it can bend 16 gauge which is what I bought but it has a really hard time even trying to bend it. Rustywrangler, you said you bought one and it was working great, any tips???
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Rustywrangler, you said you bought one and it was working great, any tips???
Yea, a custom 48" handle made out of 1.5" DOM 1/4" wall.
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