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    Okay, time to finally get one. Wanted one for a while, and now I have two jobs that need one so here we go. I can get what looks like a nice, strong, unit for about $500 from my steel supplier. But, it also looks easy enough to make if I have the time and know-how.

    Short story, I don't really have the time to reverse-engineer one, nor to trial-and-error one to work properly. So I'm willing to pay for one.

    What are the ones you guys are using, or are there well-designed plans for making one available out there? I'm still searching, but I know you guys may already know of some places to look.

    This is for putting shallow arches in 1" and 1-1/2" square tubing, plus other sizes as required later.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by MAC702; 03-21-2006, 10:46 AM.

  • #2
    Here's the only example of one that I've been able to find on-line so far, so it's also called a "large-radius" roller, too:

    http://www.bossbendersusa.com/lgradiusroller.htm

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    • #3
      Kinda pricey, but a cool tool to have. My steel supplier used to have something like that many years ago...think it was around 500 clams as well. Shoulda gotten one.
      Don


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      • #4
        Mac I have seen home brew rollers on one of these sites. Looked good and worked like the high priced rollers. They are easy to make and with your talent and experience it would be a snap.

        Besides it would be a great thread with lots of pictures. Be a welcome relief from the stndard questions...

        I will try to find the roller I saw. The guy did a great job and showed progress pictures. Might even be on this site. Someone might chime in..



        Mac, there is a roller project on this site posted by Jason. Just do a search for ring roller.
        Last edited by moe1942; 03-21-2006, 06:34 AM.

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        • #5
          With some minor Modifications this will do all you want and a lot more. Plus your back will thank me. Email for specifics. The Boss is a knock off of a different company. R & D hydraulics is the first company I have seen with that style of ring roller.

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          http://www.shopoutfitters.com/RingRolling.html
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          • #6
            Thanks, SO. I have your guys' catalog already. You make some serious quality stuff, so I am actually surprised you recommend your flat bar roller to be modified. I really need something that is best for tubing, though.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by moe1942
              Mac, there is a roller project on this site posted by Jason. Just do a search for ring roller.
              I found two threads, but again, those were for flat bar or sheet metal. I really want something DESIGNED for tubing. I must be blanking out on what to use for key words in my searches. I'll see if I can find anything under "R&D Hydraulics."
              Last edited by MAC702; 03-21-2006, 10:11 AM. Reason: spelling, as always

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              • #8
                http://www.rdhs.com/products/tubingbender.html

                Bottom of the page.
                www.shopoutfitters.com

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                • #9
                  Mac, Here is one my buddy welded up. I did make the rollers for him. Looks like a good design...Bob
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                  • #10
                    Bob, I would like to see some more pics of that.
                    What do I know I am just an electronics technician.

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                    • #11
                      SO, Yes! That's exactly what I want, and I couldn't get the right company name in the search engines apparently. Thank you for finding it. A better deal than the one I found earlier. I'll probably be buying that one unless someone finds a better one.

                      Bob, that's nice! After I own this first one, I'll be able to reverse-engineer a bigger one if needed, and that looks like a beauty!

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                      • #12
                        Bob,
                        I have changed that up since I took the pic. I made my sliders like Kevin/Vipernut's setup. My middle roller was not going down far enough.

                        Chad
                        Art is dangerous!
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                        • #13
                          This is what you are after. http://vansantent.com/bending_machine_cp30p.htm
                          I have seen plans on a site somewhere where a guy machined some billet chunks of steel and made his own. It laid in a horizontal plain as opposed to vertical but it does the same thing.
                          All of the ring rollers that people have been linking you with ARE what you need, but instead of flat "dies"(wheels), you need dies machined to accept a certain OD of tubing.

                          My suggestion is to copy one of the plans seen and then find someone with some time and a lathe and machine the vvarious dies. Good luck.
                          http://jackalopefab.com/

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                          • #14
                            I have a cheap ring roller that uses a 2 ton bottle jack. I changed the rollers and used a pair from my compact bender with a smaller OD so I could run some 3/4 sq tubing through it. Worked fine but was maxed out. I think I'll be making a set of dies for 1/2 pipe and for 3/4 sq stuff. That way I will be able to roll smaller radi without deforming the tubing.
                            Doug Arthurs
                            Kent Bridge Ontario

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gde
                              This is what you are after. http://vansantent.com/bending_machine_cp30p.htm
                              I have seen plans on a site somewhere where a guy machined some billet chunks of steel and made his own. It laid in a horizontal plain as opposed to vertical but it does the same thing.
                              All of the ring rollers that people have been linking you with ARE what you need, but instead of flat "dies"(wheels), you need dies machined to accept a certain OD of tubing.

                              My suggestion is to copy one of the plans seen and then find someone with some time and a lathe and machine the vvarious dies. Good luck.
                              Mac is wanting to roll Sq. tubing so no Dies would be needed until he wanted to do Round Tubing.
                              Ed Conley
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