Any thoughts ???
I am just getting into metal working and am trying to make some asst. accessories for my ATV and need to bend some metal plates. I am leaning towards buying a shop press (maybe 20 ton) and getting an plate break for in the press. Most everything I need to bend (90 degree bends) will be around 1/8" and fairly small. My questions are - Is a 20 ton press enough ? Is the Harbor freight 30 ton press ok for my use (they have a local store so I wont need to ship it and that saves some cash) I seen the brakes people have posted on her that are being sold on Ebay and they look good to me. I also found one at Williams Low buck tools that is called a 1/8" plate brake but if is bench mounted and only does up to 6" wide. I am thinking I may "outgrow" this quickly.
I want the bends to be fairly accurate (well say within 1/10") and most the plates will be no bigger than 6" wide.
The think I like about the smaller 1/8" plate break is that it is only $220, where buying a shop press and the brake will be pushing $700 (with a coupon).
Also is there a lot more uses for a shop press that I am missing? I know I could press bearing and things like that but I really doubt I would be doing that more than once in a LONG time.
Is there a type of floor mounted bender (with the long handle), more like the type you use to bend bar, tubes, etc,,, that also bend plates? I want to get something like this in the future and if it would fit the build now it maybe come sooner than later
Sorry for all the questions, I am just trying to make sure I get the right thing and don't waste much $.
Any thoughts ???
For tubing, google "JD2 BENDER", for the 90* in plate, you'll need a press just like you mentioned. A 30 ton will do the trick, if not, oxy/acetaline can make a major influence on metal
Ramsee, or Micsee?