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Old 04-08-2012, 11:50 AM   #1
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Hi All, I'd like to fab a roll bar/roof frame and have been looking for a tube bender. Without spending a couple hundred bucks for a bender, I was wondering what you guys are using?

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Old 04-08-2012, 11:51 AM   #2
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Default Re: Tube Bender Idea's??

Harbor Freight has a decent little tube bender for around 90 bucks.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:06 PM   #3
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Default Re: Tube Bender Idea's??

hobo freight does have benders but they are pipe benders not tube these benders work great on pipe only trust me i tried so when building a roll cage or brush guard make sure you use pipe with these type of benders i used 1" black pipe which can be purchased at any home store lowes home depot here is a pic of my brush guard good luck building your roll cage and sky's the limit with the right tools
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:25 PM   #4
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This is what I have
http://www.harborfreight.com/compact-bender-38470.html
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hey doolin have you bent any tube in that type of bender
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:43 PM   #6
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Yes we actually made a mini chopper with it a few years back. Works good. I will see if I can find pics of the frame.


You can use a pipe bender for tubing "IF" you fill the tubing with sand. Then it won't kink on you.
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:08 PM   #7
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Hi All, I'd like to fab a roll bar/roof frame and have been looking for a tube bender. Without spending a couple hundred bucks for a bender, I was wondering what you guys are using?

Thanks! Ed
I got a 3 piece (1/2", 3/4", and a 1") EMT bender set off of ebay for ~ $80, shipped. Then I used a 5' piece of black pipe for a handle.

Where in NY are you?
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:34 PM   #8
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I got a 3 piece (1/2", 3/4", and a 1") EMT bender set off of ebay for ~ $80, shipped. Then I used a 5' piece of black pipe for a handle.

Where in NY are you?
I'm in Clifton Park, NY. Thanks for all of the ideas! I just need to decide what size pipe I'll use for the rollbar.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:43 PM   #9
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I think you need 1.5 to 1.75 inch pipe for a roll cage. I'm not sure what wall thickness but if you want ti to hold the cart off your head in a rollover it will need to thick and attached to the frame... I think more info will be forth coming from other members.....I hope this little bit helps.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:08 PM   #10
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why mess with sand and water when you get the right tool the first time
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