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Triggerman
08-12-2009, 12:24 AM
Has Anyone Used The Chicago Electric Flux Welder from Harbor Freight ? I Think It Is a 120 Amp, 230 volt flux mig...Im Gonna Build The Street Fighter

Triggerman
08-12-2009, 12:26 AM
Has Anyone Used The Chicago Electric Flux Welder from Harbor Freight ? I Think It Is a 120 Amp, 230 volt flux mig...Im Gonna Build The Street Fighter


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graucho
08-12-2009, 05:20 AM
Hi Triggerman. I used to build big bikes and streetrods and had the best of everything. After 25years I was determined to get out of all building so I sold it all. After 6 months my wife couldnt stand me climbing the walls so she convinced me to get back into the garage with just small forms of bikes, and to teach community youth a little shop logic. Now days Im getting by just fine with these products from Harbor freight. The welder has been use a hundred times between me, friends and my students. Of course, you get what you pay for though, but with a little practice you can get pretty good with the inexpensive goods. The pipe bender has worked perfect for hundreds of bends.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=98871
And this...
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=32888
I also use these a lot of times...
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=67041

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likebikes
08-12-2009, 06:53 AM
Thanks for the tip Graucho, I think that HF bender is going to come home with me.
I seen your site now, I think that's some great work you're doing, art!
Good for you working with kids too.
Sorry for the threadjack triggerman, glad you brought up the subject though, I've been meaning to travel to HF as I've never darkened their door before. I definately will now because I was wanting to build something with round tubing, one of those real low slung low racers.
Now, I'm that much closer!

fultondp
08-12-2009, 07:33 PM
Graucho,

What is the magic juju to getting good bends out of that bender? I've done every trick in the book and always end up with kinks and pinches.

Thanks,

Darren

graucho
08-12-2009, 11:28 PM
Graucho,

What is the magic juju to getting good bends out of that bender? I've done every trick in the book and always end up with kinks and pinches.

Thanks,

Darren

Hi Darren
First cut the pipe 14-16" longer than you need. Duck tape one end of the pipe. Fill the tube with wet/damp sand and pack well.
Duck tape the second opening. Use the correct size precision cast die for the pipe size your using.
Move the bending pins out "wide" to start the bend. Bend, Move the pins "in", bend again, move pins in again, bend. Etc.
Of course, remove the sand after your done. Hope this helps.
PS...
Galvinized pipe from home depot (the thicker grade) bends sweet without sand. But its heavier. sometimes to heavy for some builds if
your trying to keep the weight down.