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« on: August 08, 2016, 02:25:18 AM »

Been trying to find a really good tubing bender for 3/8" and 1/2" thin wall tubing.  I've got the old vintage Rigid 396 and 398 tubing benders but they don't compare to the Swagelok which seems to be the best  for laying out multiple bends for accuracy.  However, the only place I can find them is through the Swagelok web site and their dealers (through the Swagelok website)  which are charging top dollar.  These things are not cheap.  They don't even list the prices.  (If youy have to ask you can't afford it. lol) The only other place I can find them is Ebay where you can pay top dollar (buy it now) or bid on used and new tubing benders but the bidding is fiece and even used you are going to pay a pretty penny.  Rigid seems to have a knock-off of the Swagelok units at much less but they don't have as much adjust ability as the Swagelok.  Decisions-decisions!
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2016, 04:26:08 PM »

Hilmor kit 1/4in to 7/8in Bender has 4.9 star rating out of 5 on Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/hilmor-1839032-CBK-Compact-Bender/dp/B00FPPDK70/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470709192&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=Swagelok+Tubing+Benders

The Ridgid has a good 4.8 star rating also.  But they look to be single size specific "at least the ones i found".
https://www.amazon.com/Ridgid-38048-2-Inch-Capacity-Instrument/dp/B008ULY74G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470709192&sr=8-1&keywords=Swagelok+Tubing+Benders
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2016, 04:34:56 PM »

Or you can try and get the character "Bender" from the animated show Futurama... Laughing


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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2016, 08:36:11 AM »

Never heard of the Hilmor before.  I'll take a look at it.  I've also considered that Rigid since it seems to be a knock off of the Swagelok although it doesn't have some of the finer markings for a little better adjust ability.  The Rigid is about half the price as the Swagelok.  There are a couple of Swagelok I've been watching on Ebay but these people don't know how to bid.  One guy has never bid before and another guy has only 2 under his/her belt.  So they are battling away days before the auction ends driving the price up.    They'd be better off lurking until a minute before the auction ends and bidding the most they are willing to spend at that time. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2016, 06:33:07 AM »

I've decided to make use of the vintage Rigid tubing benders I have.  Turns out they do have markings on the shoe for calculated bends.  However, dirt was covering it and I didn't see it at first.  The Ebay Swagelok benders get bid up so high and I can't justify it for the amount of use they will get.  The Rigid copies of the Swagelok are decent and much better priced but I think I can use what I have.  I need to bend stainless steel tube for fuel lines and don't want to waste any of it because it's not cheap. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2016, 07:27:59 AM »

I've been going back-and-forth with this and decided to sell the old school Rigid benders for the newer style Rigid and Swagelok benders with rollers.  The old school Rigid tends to mar the surface of the tubing when bending.  I found a good price on a new Rigid 3/16" 6000 series and got a Swagelok 3/8" bender used for a good price off ebay.  Now I just need to find a good price on either a Rigid 6000 series or Swagelok for the 1/2" tubing bende I needr.  Since the old school Rigid benders are a dime a dozen on ebay I think I'll try to sell those on Craig's list.  However, on Craig's list I'll have to deal with all the ridiculous low ball offers.
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2016, 04:59:13 PM »

I've been going back-and-forth with this and decided to sell the old school Rigid benders for the newer style Rigid and Swagelok benders with rollers.  The old school Rigid tends to mar the surface of the tubing when bending.  I found a good price on a new Rigid 3/16" 6000 series and got a Swagelok 3/8" bender used for a good price off ebay.  Now I just need to find a good price on either a Rigid 6000 series or Swagelok for the 1/2" tubing bende I needr.  Since the old school Rigid benders are a dime a dozen on ebay I think I'll try to sell those on Craig's list.  However, on Craig's list I'll have to deal with all the ridiculous low ball offers.

Congrats on the new tools!

Richard, can you put up a link on your store to sell the old school Riged benders?  Maybe a used tool catergory? Just a thought.
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2016, 06:08:12 AM »

I didn't even think of that Chris.  I may do that.
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2016, 06:31:52 AM »

Just received a 25% off coupon from Zoro.  The 1/2" Rigid bender is about $180 so I got it for about $135.  I now wish I hadn't purchased the 3/8 Swagelok  off ebay yesterday because I could have saved 25% off on the Rigid unit and gotten it for $114 shipped.  Oh well.  I still saved a fair amount of money and I can see if there is any difference between the higher priced Swaglok and the 6000 series Rigid.
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« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2016, 04:27:10 PM »

I didn't even think of that Chris.  I may do that.

It opens many avenues for possible revenue, like consignments and such.
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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2016, 10:34:06 AM »

I put the vintage Ridgid benders on Craig's List since it was a holiday weekend and I thought they might sell.  2 days later they both sold without haggling over price.  So that reduced the cost of the new bends some.   Cool
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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2016, 01:05:05 AM »

I have all three benders in hand now.  While the Ridgid is a good piece, the Swagelok fit and finish is much better than the Ridgid.  But the Swagelok is also double the price.
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« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2016, 04:25:03 PM »

I have all three benders in hand now.  While the Ridgid is a good piece, the Swagelok fit and finish is much better than the Ridgid.  But the Swagelok is also double the price.

Glad you found what you were looking for!
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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2018, 12:10:49 PM »

I ended up buying the vintage rigid tubing benders again off ebay.  The higher end Swagelok and current day Rigid tubing benders are very nice, but they can't get the bends as close to the flared end of the tube as you can with the vintage Rigid benders, albeit with a little modification.
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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2018, 03:58:58 AM »

Could you have it a little long then cut the ends to fit and flare so that you can use the newer tooling?
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