We received a question via our youtube channel from RacerRob528.
Here is the comment:
Please let me know if your bender could bend 1″ x 3/8″ aluminum flat bar in
a U shape with a 6″ inside radius. If so, I might get one of these down the road. Oh, yeah,
I know there are all types of aluminum. I don’t have the name of the type I use in front of me.
It’s considered aircraft aluminum, and it’s hard. I currently have to bend it by heating it up and
pulling it around a 6″ diameter pole. It’s almost impossible but I do it.
We decided to take a short video to answer Racers question. Tom used a 1″ X 1/2″ flat strap as an example. The main issue was not having the correct die to use to bend the metal strap. The largest die that the 2020 compact bender comes with is a 3″. Rob asked about bending a 6″ radius. Tom ended up using a die made for round tubing. Please note that this die is not recommended by Shop Outfitters for this purpose, but Tom thought he would give it a try. A die can be easily made using a 6″ stock with a hole drilled into the middle. Hope this helps!