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    Default bending tool for alum tubes for bimini tops?

    Would this tool work for making nice bends in alum tubing for bimini tops
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    Default Re: bending tool for alum tubes for bimini tops?

    I don't see why it wouldn't as long as you make some type of jig to get them all the same bends. I was looking for one to build my own wakeboard tower, that should work for you bimini top

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    Default Re: bending tool for alum tubes for bimini tops?

    for aluminum, maybe a conduit bender? ive never used one, but it seems like it might work.
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    Default Re: bending tool for alum tubes for bimini tops?

    It says that it will.
    Just a little info that I was told. I have a hydraulic tubing bender that can bend tube from 1/2" all the way up to 2" tube or pipe. When I asked on a buggy building forum about bending aluminum they said that only certain grades of aluminum can be bent, the others would kink or break. I just can't remember which grade it was. I have never attempted to bend aluminum before (lots of steel though)so I don't have any first hand experiences with it. I will try to find out for you. It might save you alot of headache

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    Default Re: bending tool for alum tubes for bimini tops?

    That will probably work if the tubing isn't too hard and no less than .065 wall thickness.A harder type aluminum can easily be annealed with a torch in the area that will be bent.

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    Default Re: bending tool for alum tubes for bimini tops?

    I have the question on three fabrication forums, so it's only a matter of time.

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    Arrow Re: bending tool for alum tubes for bimini tops?

    What about talking to an electrician with a bender/hickey bar. That would be cheaper than buying one.
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    Default Re: bending tool for alum tubes for bimini tops?

    Duct tape the end of the tube, pack it with sand and water, then duct tape the other end before bending. You'll prevent breakage, kinks and wrinkles.

    Learned on youtube.

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    Default Re: bending tool for alum tubes for bimini tops?

    If I wasn't laid off and wanted to make my own I would take the materials to work with me and do it on my own time.I have 27 years working with benders and could make all the tubes in about an hour.CNC machines make it very easy.

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    Default Re: bending tool for alum tubes for bimini tops?

    good morning-
    if you can swing it go with stainless tube as it is a lot tougher than aluminum
    and if there is a good blow up while your on the water, you know that stainless wont bend and twist as easilly as aluminum.
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    Default Re: bending tool for alum tubes for bimini tops?

    Quote Originally Posted by seedlings View Post
    Duct tape the end of the tube, pack it with sand and water, then duct tape the other end before bending. You'll prevent breakage, kinks and wrinkles.

    Learned on youtube.

    CHAD
    Yes that will also work.
    All the buggy buildr guys said that you can bend the softer stuff such as 5052, and 3003. If you want to use 6061 you can eithe pack it with sand or heat it up with a torch.
    Hope this helps

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