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Fabrication Tools thread

Posted by Ludachris, Feb 10, 2009

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  1. matthewdesigns

    matthewdesigns Proven Member

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    I liked that one as it creates no waste, and it appears to be really easy to keep the blades positioned correctly to account for wear. The blades also detach pretty easily for resharpening. If I end up buying one it'll be that style. By the way I was cutting aluminum sheet aprox 1/16" thick with no problem at all...zipped right through it.
     

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  2. knochgoon24

    knochgoon24 DSM Wiseman

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    Has anyone used a Harbor Freight drill press?
    I really don't have the money to spend on a great drill press. I'll mostly be drilling aluminum, plexiglas, and PVC.

    I've though about making a few really simple parts to sell, but need something to drill semi-precise (straight LOL) holes.
     

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  3. dangler

    dangler Proven Member

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    I have the harbor freight bench top drill press. It works just fine, haven't had any issues with it. Just aim where you want it. Haha.
     
  4. logic

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    I'm a little late to reply to this, but the 105 isn't a mandrel bender. It's a great tubing bender, but a mandrel bender is a very different beast, and typically quite a bit more expensive. (And the results are obviously significantly better with thin-walled material like charge and exhaust tubing.)

    In the same vein as the Pro-Tools bender, on my round-tuit list is building Frank Takacs' bender (the "gottrikes" bender). It takes the Pro-Tools dies (which are fantastic), but you fabricate the bender frame yourself. The design makes it portable, and it doesn't require an open area of floor space like the 105 (and in my "shop", there's precious little of that). Long tube to bend? Roll it out in the driveway and let it go. Have arms like a little girly-man? Replace the manual pump cylinder with an air cylinder. I picked up the plans quite a while ago and have had the air cylinder sitting in a corner for quite a while, I just haven't gotten around to tracking down enough material to weld it together. A few 4x4 forums have multi-year threads about that bender, if you're curious what variations people have made on them. :)

    In an unrelated vein, here's some tool porn. I guarantee that if you click that link, you're going to want to buy something. VanSant isn't the cheapest place in town, but be damned if they don't stock some of the coolest tools I never realized I wanted. :D
     

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  5. greengoblin

    greengoblin Supporting Vendor

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  6. knochgoon24

    knochgoon24 DSM Wiseman

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    So I have plans to do a full Energy Suspension bushing kit on my car, and my friend is in the process of installing Prothanes on his. We've discovered just how much of a pain it is to burn the bushing out, then get the metal sleeves out.

    Has anyone used a Harbor Freight press? Is 6-tons enough?
     

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  7. v8s_are_slow

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    Have ya not tried burning it out and then using an air hammer on the sleeve?
     

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  8. logic

    logic Proven Member

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    I have an HF 20-ton press, and it's more than paid for itself (especially since I managed to catch it during a 50%-off sale). I'd expect those 6-ton bench presses to be fine for bushings; in most cases, alignment of press to material has mattered more than ultimate pressure for me.
     
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  9. Gamble97

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    Write up please.
     
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  11. 99gst_racer

    99gst_racer Moderator

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    I just picked up a few of these from Pipemaster. I can't wait to try them out!
    These should really come in handy for us guys that have a cheap notcher and need to make a compound notch on more than one axis.

    images_PipeMaster.jpg


    It's funny- before I knew these existed, I was using spaghetti noodles and zip ties. LOL
     

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  12. Gamble97

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    Lol pasta and zip ties really. Genius!

    Is this only for doing pipe notches? If so why not just buy the adapter for the drill press?
     
  13. 99gst_racer

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    It was troublesome because the noodles are weak, but it definitely got the job done. I used it to fit the wastegate recirc tubes on my compound setup. :)

    They're for fitting tube or pipe to practically any surface. The drill press type notchers (what I currently own) are limited to simple notches and cannot do complex stuff. And being that I don't have a budget for a $1k+ notcher, these pipemasters are perfect.
     

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  14. dragonov_elite

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  15. Ryannterror

    Ryannterror Probationary Member

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    image.jpg The beast from JD2 is hands down the best tubing notcher I've ever owned. It was rather pricey but so worth every penny compared to using my Bridgeport or smaller notcher.
     
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  16. Jaytec2jz

    Jaytec2jz Probationary Member

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    Someone revive this thread
     
  17. dragonov_elite

    dragonov_elite Proven Member

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  18. homemadetools

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    Hey I know that site! Jon here from HomemadeTools.net; thanks for the link. We have a new free ebook of homemade car tools: 101 Best Homemade Automotive Tools. Click below to check it out:

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