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DavidApp

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Been working on brake lines and fuel lines and not been overly happy with either tube bender I had been using. One is the type Moss sells with the red handles. and the other is totally hand operated, Both work but only just work.
While I was looking for something else I came across this old bender I have had for years and had forgotten about it.

No name on it but it works great. Neat bend no buckling or collapsing of the tube.

David
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It works, but I can't say I'm especially fond of it. Takes 3 hands to operate, one on each lever and the other hand to position the tubing so you get just the right spot and angle (relative to the other bends). It's also not great at doing bends close to obstacles, like the bend at the rear wheel cylinders on a TR3 with front disc brakes (nor the tight radius required there).
 
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My third hand is the vice.

I was just impressed with the nice smooth bends after the less than great results with the other bender.

See your point about the brake line that has a bend right after the nut.

David
 

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No need for a third hand. Make the bend, place in bender, apply slight pressure to adjust and bend!
I have done too many cars with it to count.
 
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Like a lot of things. Practice makes things easier.

Been a long time since I had to do any tube bending where it mattered how far the bends were apart. May go back and have another go at the front section of fuel line with my new found skills.

David
 

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Mine is a Rigid brand, same tool. Served well for decades.
 

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It works, but I can't say I'm especially fond of it. Takes 3 hands to operate, one on each lever and the other hand to position the tubing so you get just the right spot and angle (relative to the other bends). It's also not great at doing bends close to obstacles, like the bend at the rear wheel cylinders on a TR3 with front disc brakes (nor the tight radius required there).

Lisle or Eastwood tube bending pliers are best for really tight and close to the tube nut.
 
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