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Rod Bender

Postby Bill V in Md » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:53 pm

I recently purchased a Compact Rod Bender from Harbor Freight, and I am relatively pleased with its capabilities. I had several projects that required bending solid bar stock, and decided to go this route since I do not have an oxygen acetylene torch. The first project was to fabricate a longer hand crank for my Cub that allows cranking the engine with the snow plow mounted on the tractor. I got to say that bending the 5/8" round bar with this tool was easier than expected. I also needed to bend some 3/16" flat bar to reinforce the top deflector on the snow blade. I got the floor mounted model and attached it temporarily to the tractor drawbar, which worked nicely. The price was $79, before tax and coupons. Below are some photos.

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Re: Rod Bender

Postby BigBill » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:23 pm

I was just looking at these today for bending tubing. I want to mainly use stainless tubing on my hydraulics for my fel/ backhoe.
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Re: Rod Bender

Postby Shane Nelson » Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:41 am

BigBill wrote:I was just looking at these today for bending tubing. I want to mainly use stainless tubing on my hydraulics for my fel/ backhoe.

This type bender won’t bend tubing. The radius is to tight and it will kink.
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Re: Rod Bender

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:27 am

My mind is going in strange directions today. When I first saw this heading I thought it was about an International 414 tractor, which was noted for bending push rods. :oops:
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Re: Rod Bender

Postby BigBill » Tue May 01, 2018 6:27 pm

It’s similar but has dies for each size tubing.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Manual-Steel-P ... 1983681133
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Re: Rod Bender

Postby AL Farmall Boy » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:58 am

Not bad looking for Harbor Freight. I just wonder how well made it is compared to a better brand comparatively with the price. I've never priced a rod bender.

It would be nice for straightening rear rockshaft lift rods and also be nice for making some new cultivator rear pressure rods (prices on those are sky high)
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Re: Rod Bender

Postby AL Farmall Boy » Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:53 am

I was thinking.......I wonder if you could adapt this rod bender or make a design similar to it that would adapt to a hydraulic log splitter? It would be much easier to bend stuff and be more useful (more appealing to use)
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Re: Rod Bender

Postby Bill V in Md » Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:34 pm

Chase, the HF rod bender is pretty heavy duty and made quite well, in my opinion. For round stock it maxes out at 5/8” round bar, but bending it is very easy, as long as you have it anchored securely. The biggest issue I had was trying to understand the directions that come with the bender. Fortunately there are some useful YOUTUBE videos online.
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Re: Rod Bender

Postby AL Farmall Boy » Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:45 pm

Sounds good. I might have to go look at one in person!
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