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

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