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Tell me if I'm nuts:-D. I have been considering getting a metal tube bender to make fenders for my Jeep, I also realized recently I need a rock bucket. No one around me has one to borrow or rent; only buy new. They are way too expensive to buy, $800 for the redline 54" is about the only one that seems decent. So I've fallen back on just making a rock bucket. I saw that one member made one by bending 1 1/8" round stock. This got me to thinking about buying a bender again, but then I got another idea...I have a tractor...with hydraulics. Could I just make an adapter that mounts to the bucket or one of the bucket mount attachments to bend metal with?

Is this a good idea? Bad idea?

Has anyone tried this before?

Another idea is just use the force of the bucket to press down on the metal between some stacked 2x4s or some sort of jig? Otherwise maybe clamp a jig on the underside of the loader arm and bucket and just curl it back?

Any other ideas? Should I just get a remote ram and use the tractor hydraulics? Might be cheaper to just get an air over hydraulic setup?

Thanks for reading my ramblings...馃榿
 

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Harbor Freight sells a pipe bender for $169 that would probably work better and be cheaper than anything you could make and attach to your tractor. It would be cool if you made something, but bending metal is almost always about pressure, not volume. I don't think the tractor's flow would be any advantage because a bottle jack would be far more convenient and controllable.

I've used the loader bucket on a tractor to straighten or bend stuff, but if you're setting up to bend 20 of something and want them reasonably close to similar, that's not the road I'd go down.
 

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Harbor Freight sells a pipe bender for $169 that would probably work better and be cheaper than anything you could make and attach to your tractor. It would be cool if you made something, but bending metal is almost always about pressure, not volume. I don't think the tractor's flow would be any advantage because a bottle jack would be far more convenient and controllable.

I've used the loader bucket on a tractor to straighten or bend stuff, but if you're setting up to bend 20 of something and want them reasonably close to similar, that's not the road I'd go down.
We live up north in the UP of Mi and we're tight on funds so I'm thinking of trying to do things for free-ish...lol if possible. We have a small TSC but that's it within 100ish miles. We buy most everything on Amazon.

The roll back force of the bucket seems strong enough to be used to bend anything I'd want to...it picks up the entire tractor, with fluid filled tires and a landscape rack on back... that's gotta be a few tons of force?


The tractor cylinders are too small,,,
typical benders use higher pressures than the tractor offers,,,
Lol not trying to bend big stuff just stuff I'd otherwise bend with a torch and vise馃榿

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We live up north in the UP of Mi and we're tight on funds so I'm thinking of try to do things for free-ish...lol if possible. We have a small TSC but that's it within 100ish miles. We buy most everything on Amazon.

The roll back force of the bucket seems strong enough to be used to bend anything I'd want to...it picks up the entire tractor, with fluid filled tires and a landscape rack on back... that's gotta be a few tons of force?




Lol not trying to bend big stuff just stuff I'd otherwise bend with a torch and vise馃榿

Thanks for the feedback!

Well I was going to suggest a torch and a vise but I suspected you have quite a few to do.
 

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I've seen guys make bending fixtures for their log splitters, my be an option if you have one.
 

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I've seen guys make bending fixtures for their log splitters, my be an option if you have one.
I like that idea.:good2: Thanks, I had no use for a log splitter until this very moment.:laugh:
 

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Well I was going to suggest a torch and a vise but I suspected you have quite a few to do.
If I have to I will馃榿, just thought this could be easier/faster...heck I could probably bend multiple at once using the bucket

I've seen guys make bending fixtures for their log splitters, my be an option if you have one.
Now there's an idea... would have to buy a log splitter first though...馃槀. I like that it could be multipurpose though.

I like that idea.
Thanks, I had no use for a log splitter until this very moment.
Went to look and was not disappointed. This one even uses a Deere GT powerplant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km22LKhk8EU
Good find馃憤
 

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Also I could go the easier route and use bar stock or round stock welded straight back to a plate/rear frame...then no bending馃し鈥嶁檪锔
 

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Also I could go the easier route and use bar stock or round stock welded straight back to a plate/rear frame...then no bending馃し鈥嶁檪锔
Hey, watch the potty mouth honey.:laugh:
 

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Now there's an idea... would have to buy a log splitter first though...馃槀. I like that it could be multipurpose though.
Good find馃憤
Did someone mention a multipurpose wood splitter?? :dunno: My ears were burning,,,, :laugh:

 

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We have benders where I work and a cold solid round over an inch takes quite a bit of force.
I could not imagine a small tractor would be able to do it, especially if you are going over more than a few degrees of bend.

If you heated the bars up dull red and had some kind of a bench set up to hold one bar end next to a roll to control the bend radius then simply slipping a four foot pipe over the other end of the bar you should easily be able to pull your bend.
 

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I did this to the 1" diameter parking stand for my rear blade with my tractor. :laugh:

Now try repeating it, on purpose :mocking:
 

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I have a pro tools pipe/tube bender that I used on my minibuggy build. They've gone up in price. You can get manual benders, add hydraulics or air over hydraulics. The dies are the really expensive part if you want radius bends that do not collapse the tube or pipe too much. I only have a 1" schedule 40 pipe die that makes close to 180* bends (heavy!).

https://pro-tools.com/collections/tube-and-pipe-benders

Here's a pic of some of the 100+ degree bends in the frame and nerf bars on the buggy:

 

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We have benders where I work and a cold solid round over an inch takes quite a bit of force.
I could not imagine a small tractor would be able to do it, especially if you are going over more than a few degrees of bend.

If you heated the bars up dull red and had some kind of a bench set up to hold one bar end next to a roll to control the bend radius then simply slipping a four foot pipe over the other end of the bar you should easily be able to pull your bend.
The pieces that would be bent would be over 2' from the bend point, plenty of mechanical advantage I'd think...

I did this to the 1" diameter parking stand for my rear blade with my tractor.


Haha, I did that to the stand on my father's landscape rake, we made a new one with some pipe and a T.
 

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I have a pro tools pipe/tube bender that I used on my minibuggy build. They've gone up in price. You can get manual benders, add hydraulics or air over hydraulics. The dies are the really expensive part if you want radius bends that do not collapse the tube or pipe too much. I only have a 1" schedule 40 pipe die that makes close to 180* bends (heavy!).

https://pro-tools.com/collections/tube-and-pipe-benders

Here's a pic of some of the 100+ degree bends in the frame and nerf bars on the buggy:
Nice job... maybe someday I'll be able to afford it 馃榿. I'm currently thinking to just camp the bars to the back of the bucket and shape them to the exact shape of the bucket.

I called the local metal shop to get a price quote yesterday, waiting to hear back.
 
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