Tube bender plans

I'm trying to figure out if I could make that ram work with the pro-tools 105 or JD2 model 3 bender...
Okay so I know I started this thread saying I was looking for a way to make a cheap bender, but now I'm thinking I'm going to spend a little bit more on this and get what I want from the start. I've been looking at getting a Pro-tools 105HD with 2 or 3 dies and a tube notcher. Then maybe convert it to Hydraulic like this

Here's another hydraulic conversion based on the one above.

I've priced out some of these parts and it looks like the hyrdo conversion would cost about another $700 to $800 with all new hydraulic parts.
Yeah the only problem with a mechanical one is that you have to bolt it to a concrete floor or very sturdy workbench bolted to the floor or wall. With hydraulics you can have the whole setup on a cart.

I don't know what I want to do. I'm thinking I'll buy a mechanical bender and converting it to an air over hydro setup on a cart with the idea to convert it to full hydraulics later. I change my mind about this everyday.

Wish I could just buy this!!! :eek:

- hate to think how much it costs

- just as well machines dont feed on beer and sauerkraut
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I vote for the bender. I purchased the plans and have been very happy with them. I like the idea of a bender that works on a vertical plane. It takes up less garage space when the tube swings upward instead of across the shop, also you do not need a degree wheel to measure your angles a simple magnetic angle meter will work.

I have found some neat DIY tools on the site. If you need a tube roll bender for more radiused bends look there at the Harbor Freight roll bender threads. Troy at Swag Offroad makes a set of dies that improves the tool and fills in all the missing dies that HF leaves out. I give the HF bender and the Swag pieces a 10 out of 10 for the money. Plus, most magazines have 20% off coupon these days.

Just my .02cents. Good Luck,