simonr Posted February 20, 2008 Share Posted February 20, 2008 Mr Bendy was born on the other side of the Atlantic and has come to live in my workshop. Since arriving, he has grown a wheelchair and some hydraulic 'enhancement'. He is actually a JD2 Model 3 Bender. The reversing valve was ont of the cheap ones from eBay - and it seems very good. Originally I was going to use a mains hydraulic power pack I had - but it was too weedy and did not generate enough pressure. The one below is a 12v truck tipper pack - and it's plenty powerful enough! Originally I tried it on 24v - figuring it would not be man enough - but it was just way too fast (60 degrees of bend per second in 1 3/4" CDS). On 12v it's much more controlable. The battery seems to last about 20 bends before slowing down - so probably enough for a complete cage on one charge. The pair of wires you can see above are the on/off switch at the moment! There are some nice push buttons coming from eBay for it. You can't really see it but I've added a switch on an end stop on the degree ring so you can set it up to do a particular bend angle and it will repeat it accurately. Just for the record, I have no intention of making cages for anyone! I made my 90 cage a few years back and swore never again! Si Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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