Harbor Freight Pipe Bender Modified For Bending Tube




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Jesse W: wanted to actualy see it work and end result :/

Travis Werthmann: You can Ben out. Couple UK's out ta flat stock and wrap them around the rollers to hold your sliders in place. They are only held in with pins so they can be pulled relatively easy

kamilpolniak: or instead of making all this crap... pack the pipe really really tight with fine sand

Juggalo1765: great ideas! thanks for the vid.

synocate: zip ties dude

staticpage: I tried this setup with 2" pipe and it starts to kink the crap out of it at even the smallest bend. I would like to know what the wall thickness of the pipe you where using.

arnard2: To hold the shims in place why don't you weld a couple nuts onto the centerline of each shim far enough that the roller can fit in between. Then use zipties to hold them to the roller.

Max Martinez: Hey man how did you make those fenders please get back to me

Steve Allen: great mod have you given any thought to using a radiator hose clamp on the small rollers to help hold your protectors in place?

254tom: Can't build this stuff stateside due to high labor costs and high government intervention. Intervention are things like unemployment tax, corporate tax, worker's comp, EPA regulations... The list goes on and on. Try to think of some part of your life or the economy the government is not regulating. Enough said?

7impala1: Looks Good, Good Idea !!

Embarr Barry: Pipe benders are for bending pipe. A tube roller or tube bender is for Tube. Lesson# 1 is use the right tool for the job.

buzzbbird: You don't need to clamp on the half tube pieces, you can use 1/2 wide strips from a bicycle tube to hold them onto the tube you are bending. This will hold anything tightly and if they get ruined, big stinkin' deal! they are great rubber bands. you don't need to pay a lot , and you can buy tubes for CHEAP! different diameter tubes give different rubber bands diameters

AdirondackNY: between the use of the engine stand and the adapters your just full of ideas. I would like to see more videos of stuff you made & improved on.

vochitoken: come on shows how it works!

reap62: trust me, if you use the dye thats a size too small it will not kink, ive made full exhaust systems for cars using this tool, i know youre absolutely right its not a professional tool but for a guy in his garage its plenty capable

charlieboyd65: I absolutely agree. Your pipe/tube needs to be a snug fit to the die you are using. Most tube will not work with the HF bender. However, you can buy 1 5/8" OD DOM and use it with the HF bender. The 1 1/4" pipe die is for 1.66" OD, and 1 5/8 tube is 1.625". It's close enough that it works well.

Jack Connors: Very Nice!!!!!!!,,just goes to show, You dont Need a 2500 dollar machine!!!!,jack

charlieboyd65: Sorry, haven't checked this in a long time. I've never tried square tube, and doubt it would work with a round die. Also, I wouldn't just use the next smaller size die... It WILL kink. Needs to fit snug in the die. Last, you can buy pipe in structural grade. Pipe/tube is just a reference to how it's measured. Pipe will never be used for a NASCAR build, but I think it's fine for the everyman use so long as it's not Home Depot poop pipe! :-)

chris d: instead of the sheet metal cut a pipe in the middle make cuts every 1cm leaving about 3cm in the middle you will hame something like a centipede the cuts will absorb the stress and you will have a smooth and kink free bend! keep up the good work!

Michael Liston: What a letdown, I wanted to see a bend not a tool talking about not wasting a pipe. Why make the video?

charlieboyd65: Only problem is that the rollers and protectors are oriented on opposing axial planes. I actually plan to use some small ubolts to go around the rollers with some tack welds to the protectors.

thegenrl: I have the same problem. only luck i've had is .120 wall and up. At 2" it'll probably need to be .250 even.

Machweldfit: And you said that before on several other sites, so freak you again.

charlieboyd65: I really appreciated this feedback. I did in fact change the support design and limited the stress on the radiator. Thanks!

Premier Tech, L.L.C.: great invention. props cuz !!

Bradley Rasmussen: tubing is measured I.D where pipe is measured O.D. I had to learn the hard way as well.

Mooseboy240: yup you don't need that collar either just stick flat heads or chisels in on the sides of the dye and move the rollers out to the far settings and it won't kink the pipe his way is a little more legit but doing that will yield the same results for way less money and time

JAYCFX: Sorry in advance but what the fudge is the difference between pipe and tube?

charlieboyd65: I showed the bends that it produced. Structural pipe and tube is not cheap, and I don't want to bend a three foot piece that costs $20 just to throw it in the scrap pile. This video showed what you need to do to achieve good bends. If you do the mods correctly, then bending tube comes down to pumping a jack handle. Sorry if I disappointed.

rfruits09: Maybe it needs some fine tuning. 1.33" wall is fairly solid 1 5/8 tube champ.

Michael Cloutier-Simons: 6:46 what the heck was that?!

mic09dcsm09: I just thought it would be helpful if I you stated in your description this works because you're using DOM 1 5/8". I have done both these modifications and am not achieving these good of bends, I am using 1 1/2" tubing with a 1/8" thick wall and am getting kinks since the pipe does not fit into any of the provided dies properly. It seems the DOM fits perfectly.

7impala1: Come on...

nicholas williams: Those are some clean bends for such cheap equitment good job workin with what ya got man. im def going to mount my bender on my motor stand good idea.

Trevor Stockdale: fill the tube with wet sand and it will help keep the tube from kinking

Jod Bronson: Creative, great idea ;) Thank you!

1pondhopper: I liked the video and today I built the same set up and with 1 5/8" with a 1.33 wall it does not work. It kinked at 40 degrees.

Jim Devlin, Jr.: As soon as I get my 350 off my motor stand I'm putting my HF pipe folder on it. That's a great idea man.

vochitoken: what, no demonstration?

jacktheripped: I have one of these, too. it's now useful :)

BrandonHog: Thank you taking the time for posting this; well-done and very informative! I bought one of these benders only to learn the hard way that they do indeed kink DOM tubing: you're awesome man. I'm on my way out to my shop to make some mods. Thank you!

reap62: just use the dye thats a size too small for your intended tubing, i promise it will work modification free

deadslickcam: nice jeep :)

RanarScreenPrinting: nice trik

OrdTalk: I bend a lot of aluminum tubing both heavy and light walled stuff and I end up having to pack it full of sand (blocking off both ends) to keep it from splitting open, much less kinking. Works with steel too. On smaller diameter tubing (1" to 1 1/2") I tape up one end and freeze the pipe. Works great in the winter but pretty much limits your pipe length to the size of your freezer in the summer! Sand or ice fill also keeps the tube round and doesn't allow it to flatten out.

valveman12: Nice idea! How thick of a wall are you bending? have you thought of spraying WD40 on the pipe to allow the pipe to slide on the end guides?

Steve Wander: pack the tube with sand and water prior to chucking. Duct tape the ends and go to town. Collar should be standard issue! Sideways mount of pump may limit travel due to reservoir , but probably not affecting this setup.

speeddevil78: I watched this whole useless video and he never even showed the bender acually work.

charlieboyd65: Actually, no you do not. I tried that to start and wasted a piece of tube. This mod makes a night and day difference if you do it right. It is not safe to run kinked bends in a vehicle safety setup. I don't mind using structural pipe for a cage, but I am not okay with the bends having kinks. Do it right and be safe.
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Harbor Freight pipe bender modified for bending tube