In this video, Tom explains how to make a simple bend using a 20/20 Compact Mental Bender from Shop Outfitters. It is very important to anchor your tubing bender to the concrete. Most metal benders come with a base plate that will attach to your shop or garage floor with a few simple steps.
Most applications require using the stop block. The stop block holds metal strap or flat strap in place while bending. The spacer disk holds up the stop block and prevents it from locking the tubing bender handle.
Most metal benders come with a standard set of dies. The dies range in sizes from 1″ through 3″ with varying sizes between. Round dies fit into the tubing bender and are held in place by hitch pins. The desired radius die is placed in the center of the metal bender at the pivot point. The steel strap is set against the stop block when placed into the bender. It is a good idea to use an additional die in the handle of the metal bender to give the steel strap something to roll against while it is being bent.
Remember to bend it a little past the point desired to allow for a spring back in the metal material.
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