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Old 05-06-2020, 06:54 PM
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That looks pretty cool. Down the road when I get a little more experience maybe I'll consider this. Right now I'm focused on a few projects where I just want to get the proper equipment to get it done. Thanks.
$114 for the HF logsplitter and some steel from the scrap pile is too much ?

Remind me again how much those 2 you linked to are ?
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Old 05-06-2020, 09:34 PM
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A press is one of the most basic machines to build, and we would all help....have you heard of too many cooks?
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Old 05-06-2020, 09:38 PM
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$114 for the HF logsplitter and some steel from the scrap pile is too much ?

Remind me again how much those 2 you linked to are ?
You've got me considering it. I'll mull it over as time is as big an issue as the money is.
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Old 05-06-2020, 10:19 PM
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First thought; post some pics of the tools you're considering--some of us are too lazy (or busy) to dig around on the net looking something up for you.

What kind of work are you going to be doing with a brake? How much of it will you be doing? How precise do you need to be?

A cobbled together home made brake will "bend" material but with limited precision or consistency. If you're going to be doing home or hobby work on a casual basis a home made machine will probably do but if you're using it to make money you may want to consider a more professional machine...
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Old 05-07-2020, 12:19 AM
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I have the Swag kit and like it alot. I think the Swag kit will be better for wider material, unlike the CertiFlat kit. Plus the Swag kit can go in a standard press which is more useful for other stuff like pressing things. It can also bend up to 5/8" steel, the CertiFlat says it's limit is 1/2" I think, although the CertiFlat kit does have a smaller footprint.

I'm not entirely up to speed on the CertiFlat kit though, maybe it can be used in a standard press too, but I thought it was just a small press kit that you added a bottle jack to.

Here's my setup, I also ended up building a Flat top, adjustable bottom V-die to it for bending tighter bends on shorter pieces. I do plan on getting an air hydraulic jack for it as soon as I can find a decent deal on one.
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Old 05-07-2020, 08:37 AM
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Harbor Freight has their 20 ton press on sale for $150. I think it's pretty much, always on sale.

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Old 05-07-2020, 09:59 AM
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A cobbled together home made brake will "bend" material but with limited precision or consistency. If you're going to be doing home or hobby work on a casual basis a home made machine will probably do but if you're using it to make money you may want to consider a more professional machine...
Excuse me ?
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Old 05-07-2020, 11:25 AM
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they're two different things from what I can see.

The swag is a tool to add to a standard press, the certiflat is a dedicated brake.

I'd be saying standard press plus the swag finger version all the way.
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Old 05-15-2020, 02:31 PM
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I have the Swag kit and like it alot. I think the Swag kit will be better for wider material, unlike the CertiFlat kit. Plus the Swag kit can go in a standard press which is more useful for other stuff like pressing things. It can also bend up to 5/8" steel, the CertiFlat says it's limit is 1/2" I think, although the CertiFlat kit does have a smaller footprint.

I'm not entirely up to speed on the CertiFlat kit though, maybe it can be used in a standard press too, but I thought it was just a small press kit that you added a bottle jack to.

Here's my setup, I also ended up building a Flat top, adjustable bottom V-die to it for bending tighter bends on shorter pieces. I do plan on getting an air hydraulic jack for it as soon as I can find a decent deal on one.
Thanks for the insight. This was more or less the type of answer I was looking for, from someone who has used one.
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Old 05-15-2020, 02:33 PM
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they're two different things from what I can see.

The swag is a tool to add to a standard press, the certiflat is a dedicated brake.

I'd be saying standard press plus the swag finger version all the way.
Thanks for the feedback. I'm looking into the swag...
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