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Old 02-12-2010, 05:03 PM
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I'll send Scotty this link and have him chime in on the PT105.
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:29 PM
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I have the ProTools 105HD. I have used it for at least five years. For the last two I have it hooked up to a air over hydro setup. While I have literally run miles of tubing through it with the Copperhead Fab bracket, I would still go with the JD2 model #3 if I were to do it all over again.

I used John's for a while at my shop before going air over hydro. The JD2 arms are laser cut where as the Pro Tools I use has plasma cut arms. Also, it seems like the quality of the JD2 was superior IMO. The pins are better quality as are the dies. I also like the fact that the outer die has replaceable pads unlike the Pro Tools. I can tell you that I routinely have to grind down burrs and weld in gouges on the dies of the Pro Tools. However, I use the bender every day at my shop and it has paid for itself 1000X over.

The Copperhead fab bracket leaves a lot to be desired but does work just fine. I had to chase all of the holes with a drill because they are plasma cut and not drilled. So, while the piece works okay, its not great. But, for the price you still cannot beat it.
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:52 PM
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now that is the kind of review I was looking for. I've been search all over and joining new forums tp research this. Surprisingly there does not seem to be too many people who have used both benders. What I did notice today is that there are quit a few Pro Tools benders listed for sale over on Pirate but no JD2 benders. I thought that said something.

Looks like a JD2 maybe in my near future. The only thing that seems better on the Pro Tools is the bushings. The poeple selling them sure make a point of that anyway. Well and the price is a little lower with the flat rate bender and one die set package.
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Old 02-13-2010, 06:58 AM
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Here is a link to where i bought my jd2 model 3 deluxe.
www.vansantent.com/tube_bending_machines.htm
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Old 02-13-2010, 08:34 AM
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my only input is the benders become like home exercise machines after a while. The end up with stuff hanging off of them.. Having built up a couple of trucks, once your done, your done...
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:46 AM
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I have an old dinosaur Hydrolic unit with several differant dies that does a phenominal job on large or thick walled pipe 2" or larger. I have bent cages with it but it takes a while. For 1 1/2" tube I have a really slick little bender I scored off Ebay that does an awesome job but again this would be for personal projects and not production as it is slow. Here is a similar one.... http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1-1-2...ht_1295wt_1165 I have to agree with "Johnny" on this (that was painful ) if you just bending 1 cage or even 1 a year, buying a production bender is a very costly option for both monitary and storage space!
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Interesting stuff here as I need to bend a piece of 1 3/4" dia x .120 wall to replace a crossmember that was removed from my 69 40 to accomodate the T-350 tranny. Also, looking to build some sliders for Zach's pig.

Any feed back on either of these simple benders from Harbor Freight for someone doing just some occassional bending?

I have a flyer with some sale prices. The 12T is $90 and the 16T is $170.

12T = http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=32888

16T = http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=35336
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:50 AM
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pipe benders bend pipe. You can bend thinner wall with shims and by filling with sand/water, but it's tricky.

fyi - most custom muffler shops will do bends for you on thin wall tube. around federal and the like
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Well the first box arrived today. It's almost like Christmas all over again today Still waiting on the stand and die set.
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wow im shocked you bought one, with as many people in the club that own this same bender.. you could have problly just borrowed it.. ive had several people offer theres to me for borrow.. but i to still want to buy one.. lol so i feal ya.. im jelous
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