Jump to content

Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay



Photo
- - - - -

Low tunnel hoop bender


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 Alc ONLINE  

Alc

    Tractorholic

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 1094
  • 6,438 Thanks
  • 7,242 posts
  • Location: Bangor Pa

Posted January 29, 2017 - 02:16 PM

Ive been want to make a bender for 1/2" electrical conduit . Too cheap to buy the materials new lol   A week ago they were throwing out a 36" od wooden wire wheel . the ends were made from nice tight 3/4"  plywood , I unbolted it ( saved the through bolts lol ) and took home one end . I used a 1/2 " radius router bit all the way around , then I cut it in have , screwing it together , , made a strap for one end to hold it in place while bending it around. The 1" dia. groove is a little bigger then the OD of the conduit but doesn't seem to be  a problem  . It took a little practice but came out fine . I made 5 hoops figuring spacing them 3' apart and will cover them in greenhouse plastic over the raised beds or make more to get the tomatoes in a little earlier

 

 

DSCN2317.JPG DSCN2318.JPG


  • olcowhand, MH81, Bruce Dorsi and 13 others have said thanks

#2 olcowhand ONLINE  

olcowhand

    Red Tractor Nut & Diesel Addict

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Sponsor
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 20
  • 38,834 Thanks
  • 30,708 posts
  • Location: South Central Kentucky

Posted January 29, 2017 - 03:55 PM

Great idea, and works just fine!  Bet it's tricky holding the table down with a foot while doing the bending!


  • Sawdust said thank you

#3 oldedeeres OFFLINE  

oldedeeres
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 14008
  • 8,276 Thanks
  • 4,258 posts
  • Location: Rivers End, Saskatchewan

Posted January 29, 2017 - 05:26 PM

A heck of a good rig! I think I'll try making one myself, I'll be needing hoops like that this year. 


  • Sawdust said thank you

#4 Alc ONLINE  

Alc

    Tractorholic

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 1094
  • 6,438 Thanks
  • 7,242 posts
  • Location: Bangor Pa

Posted January 29, 2017 - 07:42 PM

After doing 5 hoops I don't think I would have needed to make a half circle , the store bought ones are only a few degrees of a circle . I could have used 1/2 to make one for 3' beds and the other half recut the radius to make hoops for 4' beds
  • Cvans, oldedeeres and Sawdust have said thanks

#5 MH81 OFFLINE  

MH81

    Proud to be Deplorable

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 802
  • 29,957 Thanks
  • 29,757 posts
  • Location: N. W. PA

Posted January 29, 2017 - 08:00 PM

Very nice Al

#6 Alc ONLINE  

Alc

    Tractorholic

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 1094
  • 6,438 Thanks
  • 7,242 posts
  • Location: Bangor Pa

Posted January 30, 2017 - 06:25 AM

 

Bet it's tricky holding the table down with a foot while doing the bending!

I would love to confess that it was all staged like they do on TV , a design team worked the plans ,  a carpenter crew did all the work and made the bends to make it look like the host did it all by themselves in 1/2 hour lol . Such a simple looking jig too me a few hours  to make   But yes it would be easier to have a second person holding the table down, I did it by myself , without the leg lol . The work table did fold up on me once . My sister wants some for her raised beds and a fellow here at work a few too .


  • Bruce Dorsi, KennyP and Cvans have said thanks

#7 karel OFFLINE  

karel
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 38218
  • 1,861 Thanks
  • 1,248 posts

Posted January 30, 2017 - 08:33 AM

that is something I will make for sure, What a brain storm!  thank you Alc!


  • Alc and Cvans have said thanks




Top