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  • tube bender questions...

    hello guys,

    got a slight problem and thought this might be the place to ask.

    I am bending some brake lines for my 86 chevy 3/4 ton chevy pickup and have never used a tube bender before.

    My neighbor loaned me his rigid tube bender no. 396 and said it was his grandfathers and he has never used it and does not know how. I looked on the rigid web sight for any manuals thet they may have but came up empty. I also tried googling it but to no avail.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    Your neighbor loaned a family heirloom out to someone who does not know how to use it? Wow. So whats his wife up to these days?

    The best way to learn with a bender is to take a few pieces of scrap and practice. Pay attention to how the tube behaves as it is being bent. Make a scribe near the zero degree mark, measure it and see how far that mark is awy from your 90 degrees when you are finished with the bend. within 5 or 6 bends you will start to get the hang of it. Don't start on your project until you practice, it will save you a bit of heart ache and frustration..
    Work hard, Play hard, Sleep easy.

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    • #3
      PLUMBER, I SECOND THAT.
      BY THE WAY I TRIED TO LOOK UP THAT BENDER PART # TO SEE IT. TOO OLD FOR MY CURRENT CATALOG.
      PLUMBER IS RIGHT ABOUT PRACTICE. LIKE OTHERS SAY ON THE WOOD WORKING FORUM. MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE.
      RICK.

      A GOOD ONE FOR THE PANEL OF MODERATORS TO CHECK ON.

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