Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Model 32 tube bender and BendTech software

A great addition to your Model 32 Bender is the BendTech EZ-3D tube bending software.  Save time and make the correct bend the first time.  Saves money, saves time, saves material!

BendTech EZ-3D is an entry level tube bending software for the home hobbyist. EZ-3D provides dozens of predefined templates and has a custom part interface which allows for up to 6 bends. Additional templates are available from download.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

JD2 Model 32 Hydraulic Tube Bender

The JD2 Model 32 Bender is nice choice for professional fabricator or DIY 4x4 junkie looking to bend his own roll cages. The new Model 32 has a thicker frame and fatter drive pins to accommodate 1/4" (.250) wall thickness. THAT IS THICK tube.

The following video show the Model 32 tube bender doing some 1/4" wall.

Capacity of the bender is 1/2" up to 2-1/2" round tube (1-1/2" Square). Available in manual or hydraulic.

Oh, and did we mention... this bender is proudly Made in America!


Monday, May 10, 2010

Tube Bending 101

Featured article on the offroad forum "Pirate4x4"

I'm sure for some, when you first unpack your bender, you’ll be lost. I don’t blame you, it looks like some sort of medieval torture devise…

It’ll have some very confusing instructions and list of calculations that might as well be written in some ancient language. So you’ll throw some tube in the thing, pull the handle, and Ohhhh YEahhhh, you’ve bent tube with your bare hands! (In my best Tim Allen voice…aruh… aruhh... arhhh)

But now you’ve got a bent piece of tube, with no way to know where to start, or stop. I’d like to share some simple things I’ve learned, after what seems like miles of wasted tube.

Yes, there is another way to do it!

You don’t need some big computer program, a degree in math or even have to know more than just basic addition and subtraction. True, this is VERY BASIC, but with this, you can bend like a pro (almost)....lol

Here are some basic tools you should have…. A clean floor, level, me

The rest of the article can be found at:


Thursday, March 25, 2010

The JD Squared Model 3 Tubing Bender

The JD Squared Model 3 Tubing Bender
By Chuck Cage

No fab shop is complete without a tubing bender. It quickly gets old only building things that are square.

You can spend megabucks on a bender, but JD Squared offers a relatively inexpensive unit that’s quite popular with racers and bike builders called the Model 3. You may have even seen it on some of the Discovery channel’s biker build-offs.

The Model 3 can handle 1/2″ to 2″ diameter tubing with appropriate die sets, and comes in its most basic form as a man-powered bender with an included degree ring. JD2 assumes that if you’re in need of a bender you’re probably already capable of fabricating simple straight structures, so they sell the unit “a la carte” with the bender, handle, stand, and individual die sets all sold separately.

To get started you’ll need the bender itself which sells for $295 and at least one die set. They sell for $125 to $200 each depending on size. JD2 says their most popular die sets are the 1-1/2″ and the 1-3/4″, which are commonly used by racecar fabricators for roll cages, and the 1″ which sees a lot of use in the bike building community. Many others are available.

To keep your investment as low as possible, you’ll need to obtain your own handle (which is simply a piece of 1″x2″ rectangular tubing of appropriate length) and you can bolt the basic Model 3 to any heavy table or workbench. Or, if you want to jump right in with zero “sweat equity” you can purchase the handle from JD2 for $40. They also offer a mounting pedestal designed to bolt to a concrete floor for $135.

When you’re ready to step up to the big time, JB2 offers a hydraulic kit for the Model 3 for around $900.

JB2 also offers a Model 4 bender which starts at around $1050, comes pre-equipped with hydraulics, and can handle thinner tube than the Model 3. However, JB2 says that the Model 3 handles most of the most common thicknesses used in automotive applications.

The Model 3 sells both direct from JB and from a number of retailers, though pricing seems pretty constant no matter where you buy. A little looking around could score you a package deal, though, so shop smart.

More Info on the JD2 Model 3 Tube Bender.