Tubing bender

Discussion in 'General Chit Chat' started by marty79, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. marty79

    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    nope, I sailed that ship long time ago. I've always wanted one but that's an area where I never wanted to cheap out on. This isn't just a "hobby" bender for me, it's to build cages, fenders, sliders,etc for people as well.
     
  2. No fries

    No fries Well-Known Member

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  3. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    Nah, I have a JD2

    Matt owes me $1k, regardless.
     
  4. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    Cool story, bro.
     
  5. BigBody79

    BigBody79 Well-Known Member

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    Won't be long now.
     
  6. Jody Treadway

    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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    The Woodward Fab one is a piece of garbage. It will last a handful of notches before it gets sloppy.
    Myself, I use a chop saw to notch 90% of my tube work. I do have a el cheapo notcher for adjustable items like links and linkages (where I can account for length via the adjustability). For stationary items like cage work, chop saw and call it done.
    YMMV.
     
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  7. tsconver

    tsconver Well-Known Member

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    The harbor freight one actually is pretty good just keep the bushing lubricated.
     
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  8. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    I was just going to say for the $, the HF one really isn’t that bad. Just know and understand the limitations and it should be pretty good.

    I’ve used the JD notcher a lot in the past and really liked it.

    But, I’m still a fan of the chop saw, cut off wheel, grinder, port a band, etc method. It utilizes tools you likely already have and with some thought into layout for cuts, gives a fit that is just as good as a notcher in about the same time. If you have complicated notches, you are massaging and cleaning it up with the grinder anyway.
     
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  9. iwaxmyjimmy

    iwaxmyjimmy College Web Wheeler

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    RTN-100, Joint Jigger Hole Saw Notcher, Tube Notching Machine

    I picked up this one knowing it wasn’t going to be fancy. Just because it says 0-60 degrees, doesn’t mean you can’t do some wider angles. Just gotta know how to math a little bit. When it comes to usage, as long as you keep the tube supported at one end and use decent lube on the hole-saw and on the bushing and it does a clean job. I was never taught or really messed with the chop saw method and not dogging on it. But the over priced harbor fraught one I bought, seems like it is beefed in the right places, is doing good so far. Haven’t used it to do a cage yet, but some fun stuff is coming up for it. Also you’re not gonna need really weird angles unless your design is fucked up or fancy like a bouncer with crazy nodes.

    Example of some basic ass notching I did for a traction bar

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    I’m not an expert but that almost looks like I know what I’m doing. Really, I’ve only notched maybe 50 times. Don’t do much tube work because it’s flat here and I just got a bender and found a place to get a decent price on tubing from. So if you’re going for that clean look, get ready to math, plan out your builds, and where your nodes will be.

    And I’ve got a jd2 model 32. Few bends I’ve done with it have been great. But went electric over hydro, and bought everything new because I’m weird about my tools.
     
  10. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    I also have a Protools notcher. But I'm less inclined to let it go.
     
  11. BigBody79

    BigBody79 Well-Known Member

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  12. iwaxmyjimmy

    iwaxmyjimmy College Web Wheeler

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    It’s notched on the centerline perfectly fine for me for 1.5 DOM. I haven’t used it on 1.75, but will be doing a good bit of that soon. I do use extra long hole saws and 1/8” bigger can sometimes help it cope better.
     
  13. marty79

    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    That's what I'm gonna stick with then
     
  14. Mac5005

    Mac5005 Welding Instructor

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    Chop saw and grinder or save the money and then spend on a nice notched like the baleigh tn250.

    I had a joint jigger once and practically gave it away after killing 3 hole saws in a matter of hours on one simple yj cage add on.

    Went with chop saw and grinder only for several years before the tn250.

    I still use the chop saw for some, and the tn250 for most.

    Now hole saws last several full complete cages, it’s silly.

    The radial clamping is the trick. It will do the notches very few other tools will.

    It’s also nice the angle can swing to either side vs a single angle deal like the joint jigger.

    I still clean up all notches with grinder with a flap wheel by hand.
     
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  15. WARRIORWELDING

    WARRIORWELDING Owner opperator Of WarriorWelding LLC.

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    I really like mine
     

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