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    Re: Let's talk about bending metal

    More great advice!

    If I may offer you something to consider: Thick leather (available as remnants) works extremely well for clamping-up parts. Non-marring (masking tape can mar if the piece slips), and doesn't leave residue behind.

    I use the thick tough stuff when I'm hammering metal flat to keep from leaving pean marks too.
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    Re: Let's talk about bending metal

    HF $34 brake FAIL!

    Maybe my expectations are out of line, but I would think it'd not have a problem with 0.063 aluminum 150mm wide. The bend I was doing was only a centimeter from the edge so it had a lot of leverage against it, but still! I'll be taking it back.

    I ended up making the bends ( easily ) with a hammer and a vice. Not professional looking since you can see the hammer marks, but it is a nice bend. Maybe I should just get a second vice to sit next to my first one so I can handle wider lengths at once.

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    Re: Let's talk about bending metal

    Now that we know what $34 buys, may I suggest checking-out the finger brake I linked [and was further endorsed by Bullit] when you're there?

    Oh - sorry - I mean "COMFORT! So sorry to hear it didn't work out!"
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    Re: Let's talk about bending metal

    Hey Adren.. is that a smug look I see on that smiley??

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    Re: Let's talk about bending metal

    I don't have a problem throwing down $200 on a tool. I just don't have a lot of space in my work area and I have to choose carefully what large tools I want to own.

    I can also just continue to use my hammer and vice!

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    Re: Let's talk about bending metal

    I've made a lot of brackets with my el cheapo break. I use .050 Al then kind of rearrange the bends if needed with pieces of UHMW ,aluminum, and a small deadblow hammer. The soft face on the hammer helps with the marks.
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    Re: Let's talk about bending metal

    OOO! I know what I am getting when I get my paycheck!

    http://www.grizzly.com/products/12-B...an-Brake/G0556

    Its so small and cute, and at *only* 60 lbs I have a chance in getting it up two flights of stairs to the apartment!

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    Re: Let's talk about bending metal

    It only bends 20G. That's pretty light.
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    Re: Let's talk about bending metal

    The 24" HF one linked only bends 19G, and the 24" Grizzly linked only bends 20G, so I am not sure why a 1G difference qualifies as a deciding factor. The 12" Grizzly is 1) within my ability to pick up and move and 2) within the size contraints I have in my small (overcrowded) apartment.

    The thickest I am looking at bending is 1/16" aluminum. If it can handle that, its all I need.

    I wish I could get a bigger brake, really, but I simply don't have the luxury of a garage or basement dedicated to large quality tools right now.

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    Re: Let's talk about bending metal

    1/16 is around 14G if memory serves. Aluminum is easier to bend, depending upon the alloy, you should be able to go up a couple gauges.
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