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Old 02-06-2014, 07:31 PM
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I've got an older JD2 model 3, and long ago converted it to hydro...
Have been pretty happy with it.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:49 PM
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Kelly it's been a while since I bought a die set but the last one I bought was from an ebay seller. I remember there being several builders of JD type dies on ebay.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:22 PM
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i like the hossfeld,i have two!

I have the hydraulic version and a manual version.
with a shitload of dies.

I had dies to bend angles,leg in,leg out,a shear attachment,and some others that i sold.

I have used mine for 30 years,and even made dies for it to bend on top of the frame,instead of inside.

One thing i have noticed about the JD brand is they get loose and a little sloppy with lots of use,all the pin holes wear i guess.
The hossfeld does not wear,the steel is as hard as woodpecker lips.

I bought the manual one new in 1980,the hydraulic one used in 1990 or so.

Hossfeld dies are always on ebay.
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Old 02-08-2014, 04:33 AM
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Thanks for the replies. All good info. I will be in Daytona for bike week next month so I will see if the are any venders there and see if I can get a show price deal. In the mean time I will do a specific search for dies in e-bay. Didn't think of that. Thanks

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Old 02-08-2014, 01:56 PM
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If I was going to use one commercially, I'd probably buy a Hossfeld. The die selection is astounding. Not much you can't bend with one of them with all the dies available.
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Old 02-08-2014, 02:33 PM
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buy the one you want now,i prefer the hossfeld because you can bend almost anything with it.

Bending tube is just a small part of what you will do if you have a serious home fab shop.

Even building bikes or roll bars you need brackets etc.

I set my powered hossfeld up to bend 4 bends in a single square tube,3 bends one way,and then a reverse bend.
all 90 degree bends.
I had a girl working for me that could bend 100 of them perfectly,all the same.
Bending on top of the swinging frame made it possible.

This was 3/4'' thin wall square tube,we made the dies our selves.

I don't think you can bend on top of the JD bender.

I also bend eyes in round stock on top of the bender,flat bar too.
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:40 PM
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I have also seen some nice plans for both styles of benders. I think pro tools probably has the best prices for the dies that I have seen.
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:11 PM
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some benders us alum dies,i don't think they will hold up long.
Hey,how about using a Greenlee conduit bender?
I used one for a few years before buying the hossfeld.
And i have several greenlees for sale,they will bend conduit up to 4-5 ''
I don't have a pump,but i have 2-3 of the big a frame styles,and i have one small compact unit that will bend up to 1 3/4'' or so.
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:13 PM
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I picked up an old manual Greenlee rigid conduit bender (under stuff in the shop ) that bends up to 1" rigid conduit which I think is the same as 1.25" tube (or real close 1.315") for a future project.

BUT... even they are pricey normally so unless you find one cheap it'll still cost.

Mine is similar to this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/GREENLEE-180...item4d16c8a5af and they run $500 & up.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:04 AM
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Unless I fell into a screaming deal, the hossfeld and bigger hydraulic benders are out of my budget. I think I'm leaning toward the JD2-3 or the protool. I'll just buy dies as needed. I just mess around and build my own stuff so It's hard to justify the bigger industrial tools. I'm always on the look out for the good stuff. A few years ago I was going to buy a cheap little bench top lathe even though I knew I wouldn't be too happy with it but I mentioned this to a friend and he told me about a lathe they were selling at his shop. I ended up with a hardinge lathe for $500 with tooling. I have gotten good deals on my welders too. Just haven't come across used benders.

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