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#31 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted August 02, 2014 - 01:45 PM

Here's a comparison to the original arms and them attached to the tractor.

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Posted October 27, 2016 - 09:07 PM

I have access to a full machine shop at work but if I need to bend thick stock at the house and don't want to make the trip to the shop, I use a cutoff wheel to cut about halfway through my material on what will be the outside of the bend. I bend it and then fill the resulting vee groove with weld. Then a minute or two with a side grinder and a file or a belt sander and it's slick as can be. I've done 1/2" stock this way. I generally don't use anything bigger than 1/2" because it's either not necessary or I just don't want to pick up anything that heavy.
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Posted October 28, 2016 - 04:06 AM

Very good job and upgrade Kenny ,  You guys are making me jealous , i need a press real bad now , i'm telling ya

 

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Posted November 08, 2016 - 06:21 PM

Meet the new and improved version of the die! My thanks to olcowhand and TD&H for opening my eyes a bit. I think this will work much better. The 5/8" block is now 11/16" into the 2X2 with 2-3/8" blocks on either side. All was welded in with the Hobart 140 set on 4 with about 40 inches of wire speed. Take a gander at this:

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Last pic is down inside where the push bar of the press will sit. I think this will do much better!

Looks pretty stout, should do the job just fine. Technically that is the punch, the die is the lower part.


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Posted February 07, 2018 - 11:12 AM

Kenny, I've yet to build me a bending setup like yours, but I soon will!  Handy as all get out.  I have a manual metal bender that can handle 2" x 1/4" easy enough, but my body can't handle it anymore.


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Posted February 07, 2018 - 11:46 AM

This has worked well for me, Daniel! No issues at all. And I have used a piece of pipe to make radius bends.


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Posted February 12, 2018 - 12:06 AM

I made up a die using a 1" plate with 2 pieces of 1.5 x 1.5 x 3/16 angle with the legs welded to the plate. Then I fired up my vertical wood splitter to serve as the press.

 

Worked like a charm.


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Posted February 12, 2018 - 06:25 AM

Kenny , I reread this thread again and was wondering , did heating the arms up make it bend any easier ?  I've bent around 1/2" steel by using a torch to heat it cherry red but is a cold bend stronger or no difference ?


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Posted February 12, 2018 - 06:41 AM

It will bend easier heated. I can't say if that would make it stronger or not.


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Posted February 12, 2018 - 06:45 AM

Kenny , I should have asked if the cooker heated it up to get those arms red ?  



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Posted February 12, 2018 - 06:59 AM

Yeah, I used the cooker for heating them. All I have for that kind of heat.



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Posted February 12, 2018 - 08:15 AM

Yeah, I used the cooker for heating them. All I have for that kind of heat.


Kenny what did you use in your cooker...coal? It's going to be awhile before I get anything to heat metal with. Years ago I did heat a piece of leaf spring in a wood stove cherry red to make a Froe but it took a long time.
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Posted February 12, 2018 - 08:39 AM

Kenny what did you use in your cooker...coal? It's going to be awhile before I get anything to heat metal with. Years ago I did heat a piece of leaf spring in a wood stove cherry red to make a Froe but it took a long time.

It's just a propane turkey fryer burner, Jim. With the plate over the top it got it real red!


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Posted February 12, 2018 - 11:03 PM

Kenny did you receive all 3 cast pieces with your 20 ton press from HF?  I bought my 20 ton HF press over 10 years ago and I only received 2.


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 02:15 AM

I made up a die using a 1" plate with 2 pieces of 1.5 x 1.5 x 3/16 angle with the legs welded to the plate. Then I fired up my vertical wood splitter to serve as the press.

 

Worked like a charm.

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