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New tools in the garage,....

Post  Copperhead on April 6th 2015, 3:15 pm

Well,......
I'm in need of a true 10pt roll CAGE for my truck, instead of a 6pt roll BAR that I've had for several years now.

I contacted a couple of different shops about doing a turn-key job, BUT,..... most of them were several months out (time wise)

SO,.....
I decided to buy/build my own bender and do the fabricating myself.   pirat


It's a combination deal that consists of a JD Squared (Model 32) manual tubing bender, http://www.jd2.com/p-67-model-32-bender-manual.aspx that I converted to air/hydraulic system and a Harbor Freight (Pittsburg Tool), Tubing Roller # 99736. http://www.harborfreight.com/tubing-roller-99736.html

Here's a short video from John Bailey, guy that designed the frame assy,....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wB53s7F5Lw

http://www.dbtindustrial.com/#

I bought the blueprints from Ebay for $9.99
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Air-hydraulic-bender-frame-PLANS-JD2-tubing-bender-HF-tubing-roller-/261537750451?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3ce4dd5db3




I did a couple of test bends on some scrap tubing and it did great. Can't wait to start using it to build a new roll cage for my truck,......and other projects that come along.







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Re: New tools in the garage,....

Post  dfree383 on April 6th 2015, 3:41 pm

Cool deal.
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Post  SandHillsHillbilly on April 6th 2015, 6:47 pm

You may want to check out SWAG offroad as they offer some upgrades that you might be interested in.
http://www.swagoffroad.com/Metal-Fabrication-Tools-_c_7.html
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Post  whatbumper on April 6th 2015, 7:35 pm

looks like some cool stuff. I like the control of manually doing it though.

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Post  bbf-falcon on April 6th 2015, 7:44 pm

How big of a shoe can you use?

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Post  res0rli9 on April 6th 2015, 10:18 pm

Cool Cool Cool ...Thanks for the share.

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Post  res0rli9 on April 6th 2015, 10:19 pm

bbf-falcon wrote:How big of a shoe can you use?

13 1/2 2ww... Razz

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Post  gmsmkr on April 6th 2015, 11:48 pm

Cool
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Post  DILLIGASDAVE on April 7th 2015, 2:34 am

whatbumper wrote:..........I like the control of manually doing it though.

^^^^This.

The powered stuff is 100% perfectly fine to use. But doing it manually gives you the added ability to do stuff like giving the pull bar a series of very small repeated tug/release pulls (in a row) at the end of a bend. This can help to "set" the bend & better control the amount of possible spring-back.
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Post  Copperhead on April 7th 2015, 8:19 am

whatbumper wrote:looks like some cool stuff.  I like the control of manually doing it though.

That's not really an option for me, due to the fact that if I used it manually, I'd have to bolt it to the floor.  
My garage is only a 24x24, so my space is REALLY limited.  

bbf-falcon wrote:How big of a shoe can you use?

2-1/2" is the biggest round tubing it will bend.
Way more than I'll ever need.

The dies are EXPENSIVE though.

SandHillsHillbilly wrote:You may want to check out SWAG offroad as they offer some upgrades that you might be interested in.

Yep,......
Already familiar with them.  They make some cool stuff.    I have one of their porta-band stands and it's awesome.  
I'm going to get a couple of sets of dies to work with my tubing roller. I want to be able to roll specific size tubes in a smooth radius,...if need be.
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Post  bbf-falcon on April 7th 2015, 9:06 am

bbf-falcon wrote:How big of a shoe can you use?

The reason I ask is, you might need a header tube bent.

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Post  Copperhead on April 7th 2015, 9:10 am

bbf-falcon wrote:
bbf-falcon wrote:How big of a shoe can you use?

The reason I ask is, you might need a header tube bent.

Sadly,......
It won't bend material that thin.
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