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  • Help finding the right bender

    I'm new to this and any help/info would be greatly appreciated.

    I'm going to be bending 1/2" and 3/8" stainless steel tubing .049 thick. What bender will work? This is a small project, thanks for the help

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    Re: Help finding the right bender

    I would think a lever bender would be good,
    http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/400-Seri...s/EN/index.htm

    I have used them for bending hydralic steel tubing for high pressrue hydralics, does a beautiful job,

    Ridgid main bender page,
    http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Bending-...ming/index.htm

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    • #3
      Re: Help finding the right bender

      Thanks, I'm going to be bending stainless for high pressure hydraulics and answers my question. Greatly appreciated

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        Re: Help finding the right bender

        Greenlee 855 ,I think the 854 would also have the capacity! Good luck Tool ,Try toolup
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          Re: Help finding the right bender

          Ridgid PB-28. Does a beautifull job, maybe a little expensive, but worth every penny.

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            Re: Help finding the right bender


            RIDGID 508 or equal from Imperial-Eastman.

            1/2" .049 SS wall is tough to bend, I've bent much of it and also 1/2" .065 wall which will pull your back out after a few days of bending. I believe the Imperial benders have a tab on the bottom of the bender that you can clamp in a machinist vise.

            Before the 'improved' style benders came out in the mid 70s we used to take the straight lever benders like the old RIDGID which I don't even see on their site any more and TIG a tab of steel to the bottom that we could then clamp in the vise. Then you could get two hands on the other handle to pull like hell. Also those old straight handle benders (those where the handles are 180 deg apart when the tube is loaded in the bender were unmerciful to use when bending 065 wall 3/8 and 1/2" SS tubing. Go for the better quality benders with rollers and you will get better results and less strain on arms and back. That is if you have a few hundred bends to make. We also had a few other mods but I can't give it all away, maybe at the Roundup if I ever make it.
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              Re: Help finding the right bender

              When I was employed (before retirement) we had some very good Ridgid heavy duty tubing benders. By "heavy duty" I meant the tubing itself as we had numerous machines that used hydraulics. Depending on the radius of the bend of the tubing you will be working with these would may be what you want. The bend radius was somewhat large but that was fine for what we were doing. The unit was larger than the pictures presented in the postings here. Good Luck, David

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